I wonder what would happen if they forwarded the results of the failed requests to the copyright holder directly. Imagine the conversation where they ask why the hell are we paying you to demand the same pages be delisted, after you managed to get them delisted?
On the upside, this is more sunlight on the issue of bogus takedowns and it is nice to see a company doing something obvious to highlight the BS in the system. Explanations so simple even a Congresscritter can understand them. Getting them to fix it is a huge uphill battle but if you pile up enough evidence of a broken system perhaps that can trump the "contributions" and promises of future employment.
But but but copyrights are forever, corporations need to control them all!!! I hope the court crucifies them. The magically missed documents, the single blurred line that destroys their case... Yep totally innocent mistakes to protect an income stream.
The problem lies in the desire to grab headlines. See this force COULD have shown a lovely tale of how they took down a drug dealer and protected the community.
This is about trying to show the community how much the police care and the extreme lengths they will go to take down bad people keeping them safe. The community nods sagely knowing that this is just what they need to do to be safe, ignoring that they could be the next ones railroaded.
A child was harmed, and yet they still tried to spin that it was just because the bad people were bad. Turns out the bad people are those charged with protecting us, who can boldly lie and still be protected.
It is a shame we can't charge those who supported the lies as being accessories to the crime they tried to cover up.
Perhaps if they hadn't disrespected consumers from the get go perhaps then the 2 way street of respect might exist. Instead consumers get screwed and bled, and the labels wonder why people won't respect them demanding full control over products after they have sold them.
Because I TOTALLY can't make up a real sounding name. I totally can't have multiple identities. I totally can't bypass your simplistic thinking and create a living hell within the parameters you want to impose on the world because Reddit must die in your viewpoint.
This is more of the ME TOO bandwagon, leveraging the hype of the moment to spout off stupid shit to get more clicks.
If I ever used my real name, lets look at what wouldn't have happened.
Prenda would never have had to sue to try and id me. Mainly because I do not have the resources to fight the litigious, I would have remained silent about the scourge of copyright trolling. They would have been able to keep going for lord knows how long.
I wouldn't have said a majority of the things I've said online, because I value my privacy.
I wouldn't be out, because I still have the fear that fscker with a ball bat will show up again.
I would have never been a published author. Gay erotica not exactly resume building material if you aren't pursuing that path.
I would stop following many of the stories I do now, because not being able to share my viewpoint or ideas would frustrate me to no end.
I manage multiple online identities for myself. I like to keep things in the right compartments, and avoid crossing the streams. My copyright "activism" might be frowned upon in some of the circles I move in, and its less hassle to be someone else than have to explain over and over why I told the (insert profession here, cause I've done it a lot) to go fsck themselves.
Now to hear the lawyers tell it, I am an evil troll. Of course when pressed for an example it boils down to I said mean things about them online, and ripped apart the lies they tell their targets.
I often say I am a shitty poster child, but stupid thinking like this could have ended my activism before it started. How would that make the internet a better place?
In a state where the telcom provider got the law changed to allow them to exit POTS service if subscriber numbers drop (and funny all those copper lines will be sold to a "different" company under the same umbrella to provide high speed and voip at much higher costs but with lines actually being repaired) it is nice to see anyone offering things to shake up the landscape.
Wow so you can demand the people who pay your wages can't look at the bad things you do? Perhaps they don't need as much funding as they aren't wasting time on paperwork, investigations, etc of officers misconduct.
Quick decide that your patent is the solution to all of the worlds ills and cash in, cause a bunch of problems, and walk away.
If one were to look at a majority of my online interactions with that Adam Steinbaugh fellow without the correct frame of reference, I'm a huge bully picking on poor Adam. Except he has tools to not see what I say, doesn't have to reply, and he is pretty much in on the joke.
I've been accused, more than once, of bullying lawyers online. Overwrought filings with courts accuse me of mental illness, because I think they are a joke.
We have been making the world to soft and fluffy to "protect" the children. We've seen stories where the media loves to play up the "bullying" aspect... but a saying a child looked fat once isn't really bullying.
Humans LOVE to stick everything into clearly labeled boxes, and we'll expand what the label covers to keep it easy to sort. So an online shouting match between the old gf and the new gf (and she dated him first for 2 whole weeks) is considered the same as a child who is the target of a malicious group who bury her in negative attention.
Once upon a time, the parent of the aggrieved would call the other kids parents and hash it out... now it's a matter for the authorities. Some parents are completely clueless about how their kid behaves online, because they assume the world will watch out for them and keep them safe (and not being the evil bastards they can be).
Perhaps we should spend much less time looking for a technical solution to a failure to raise kids. Many parents are failing their kids, because being a parent isn't something we require them to do. I'm sorry my kid yelled at your kid, but you understand your kid hit him first. More often than not everyone is a special innocent child who did nothing to incite what happened... and with no adult to talk to when things spin out of control... it gets worse.
Remember that one of the talking heads from Rightscorp said they don't agree with the law so they will keep doing what they want until SCOTUS rules in their favor. (I paraphrase).
So we don't have to follow the law because we think the law is stupid, because it denies us our cash by harassing people into paying us for allegations we can't prove and most likely would fold under scrutiny.
I look forward to their next venture into this area, peddling their patent snakeoil a 3rd (4th) time to an industry who insists that they are sick, but ignoring that they might stop being sick if they stopped hitting their head against the wall while demanding it move out of their way.
Her threat score is 400 out of 400. She has never joined a jihad. She has never murdered a captive. She has never plotted a terror attack.
If you weren't convinced that it was all security theater before now, please explain how this isn't.
She is a citizen, and this is how she was treated. These are how her rights were trampled. They put so much time and effort into hounding her, do you think they had time to look for real terrorists? She upset someone with power, and they used the law exactly how we were promised it wouldn't ever be used. We need to demand that the programs be ended, those in charge indicted, and demand that citizens have their rights returned to them.
Or we can keep pretending we haven't fallen through the looking glass and are sliding down a slope of a dystopian dictatorship. Doubleplus good.
What corporations want trump human life. This is the message being sent, I think we should reply by asking them what they are going to do once we vote them out of office for betraying those who elected them to represent THEM not corporate interests.
If they are unable to produce responsive documents, perhaps we should question their ability to manage case files. If their system is so convoluted, serious questions need to be asked about all of their investigations. All this information is the same, yet only magically only that which would answer a FOIA request is not found? Given the totally inept of data handling we have seen over and over, I think the DOJ should, in the interests of Justice, suspend all FBI based case sin the legal system until they can solve this problem to make sure all of the documents required by law are being turned over to the defense and the public.
Stronger copyright is magical. It can end civil wars, raise people out of abject poverty, protect them from being beheaded by religious zealots, create music when everything has been burned in a cleansing fire, and make those starving to death sing more songs to make it into the Apple store.
Perhaps they need less concern about copyright laws in their country, and have the RIAA lobbying cash spent on helping the citizens and not as graft lining the pockets of leaders who don't care as long as someone is paying them.
It was in this moment that if you look at the RIAA as a 3rd world nation run by an insane dictator who cares nothing about those they lead, as long as they get paid... it all gets a lot clearer.
Those with power develop a form of brain damage. Example #87987987
The CEO's were so sure that they would get what they wanted and face little resistance because who would dare question them? They are CEO's and investor value, their bonuses, and making more money trumps little things like making sure people in need get the medicine.
One has to wonder what sort of moral toll it would take on a normal human to know that they put profit over someones survival.
And because I can, maybe they charge more because they have to print the identifiers on the pills upside down for that market. OHAI G! :D
How much time & money is wasted by these officials trying to cover up their actions?
If they are doing things that require this level of secrecy, to keep them hidden from the people they are supposed to represent, it is time to get rid of all of them.
We need less secrecy, it breeds contempt for the little people who can't know what is being done "for them". (also read as to them to benefit others).
Even with open records, a majority of people never looked... but there was a chance so it served as one of the checks & balances we need to keep officials in line. Trying to gut them, means they have much more to hide and its time to fire up the woodchippers and get a new batch.
Gee it is almost like it might somehow be illegal to just pay elected officials to do what you want and get them to ignore the law they are charged with upholding.
If Hood goes down, does anything think Dodd might have his panties in a bunch? Perhaps publicly admitting we buy the law we want and they give it to us or else might finally result in the serious questions about how bought the government is.