"There is a huge body of Canadian works approaching 50 years old and still relevant, still played today. by 1965 artists like Buffy St. Marie, Joni Mitchell and Gord Lightfoot were in full swing. In less than a decade, the cream of 60's and 70's rock would be public domain - and most of those artists are still alive and in some cases, still performing."
All of this is completely irrelevant. No artist needs "protection" for 70 years, or 50 years for that matter. Nothing is preventing them from generating income form their work. They* made a deal to be "protected" for a limited time and then contribute to the public domain. This deal is being reneged on so don't be surprised when this results in the general public losing even more of the shred of respect remaining for copyright.
*Yes I realise this more about record labels than actual artists.
"If you're going to get in a cab, you have to be able to trust that the person behind the wheel is competent (not going to get you killed) and trustworthy (not going to rob, kidnap, murder, or simply swindle you)."
Or overturn cars, or set tires on fire to block major roads, or assault competitors... Lucky we've got taxi certifications to prevent that from ever being able to happen!
"What people have a problem with is them acting as if they were run by an Objectivist..."
I doubt that any of Uber's passengers give a shit about this.
"...flouting the law at every opportunity..."
Broad, meaningless generalisation. Are they stealing cars, running red lights and kicking puppies? Or just pushing up against transportation laws?
"...trampling on the rights of everyone who's not Uber..."
Another broad, meaningless generalisation. Who exactly is "everyone who's not Uber"? That's quite a lot of people. What rights exactly? Free speech or something?
"...harming their workers and their customers..."
All of them? Some of them? A tiny fraction of them? Are they harming them more or less than taxi workers and customers?
Your claims are grandiose and without any explanation. Explain how a company can be as successful as they are if, according to you, all their drivers and passengers are having such a terrible experience and hate them so much? Nobody is forcing people to drive for them or use the service. Are you claiming it's all just "playing the media skillfully"and we're all just stupid?
"You people like to ignore the BILLIONS of dollars Apple grosses from downloads on their iTunes store."
I don't think anyone's ignoring that, and I'm not sure what your point is. Do you actually know how many billions, or are you speaking hyperbolically?
"You like to pretend that recorded music isn't a very desired commodity."
That's a complete fabrication on your part. Nobody here has ever denied music's desirability, so again, what's your point?
"That musicians don't make money from it."
Another fabrication. Nearly all musicians on record labels make nothing from royalties; this is not a disputable point. But there are other ways to make money from music, and they've been discussed here many times.
I have no idea what part of the article you're referring to, but you shouldn't criticize others' incorrect terminology until you correct your own. A DVD is not digital, the data stored on it is. A LaserDisc is not analog, the data stored on it is.
"Viewing another's private parts is undeniably a kind of sexual act. If we can't agree on this we're denying some pretty simple truth about ourselves."
Anybody in the medical profession, gynaecologists, urologists and sexual health experts in particular, would roll their eyes at your "simple truth". Not to mention family members or friends seeing each other naked or people using communal showers in gyms. Your thoughts on the topic are passionate but very simplistic.
Re: We Need to Aim for Perfection not this Crap Story
Wow, that's quite the Utopian vision you have there...
"The realities of automated transport preclude the scenarios depicted because if all the vehicles were automated then the school bus tragedy doesnt happen."
But we will never get to a point where ALL vehicles are automated. There are very few technologies that are completely eradicated by a newer technology, so there will always be human-controlled vehicles out there.
"You forget that the accidents are caused by humans who are not in their right mind and computers are always on the alert to do the right thing."
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "is intellectual property immoral?" -- Techdirt answers that only one way:
"You sound unnecessarily angry, and a little irrational."
That's an amusing notion considering Leigh has been nothing but cordial and you're being consistently rude and insulting. You do sound like a grumpy old man whinging about how things have changed for the worse because you don't like it.