It needs to be addressed cable "packages" are sold as they are because distributors control the pricing, not the cable industry.
This is important to understand, because ESPN will cost a fucking boatload compared to a station like Telemundo. Since the latter is "bundled" in current pricing schemes, this subsidizes the cost of having ESPN in the packages.
Everyone complains cable companies are raising our prices, but that's further from the truth (in part). The showdown between distributors and cable operators (who must then "blackout" the signal(s)) is more proof than anyone needs this isn't a cable issue.
Recently, Verizon started offering smaller bundles in its FioS offering, and it didn't take long for distributors to rush to court, including ESPN, which charges an outrage price for its content of many different stations.
It's pretty damn impossible to offer customer choices when distributors are calling the shots.
Well, here's an idea to the "intellectual property" dispute: just use the word idea, because that's what everyone else is using despite the law clearly stating otherwise.
I absolutely promise you two things: use the word "idea" where "IP" is used, and you'll get more people aware of the problem.
The second will be the current stupid pool of maximalists loving the term because now, everyone will understand why they need to lock them up, treat consumers like thieves, and demand more and more revenue.
Sort of like the "Streisand Effect", by using "idea", then the true problem starts to reveal itself.
Let's see how this works: "Today, the Disney company forced a daycare to take down a wall painting of its ideas, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck."
By changing a simple word, the context of the issue changes instantly. "Intellectual Property" is a term purposely used to mislead.
I concur the term should stop being used, but instead, use what the controlling jerks believe how it's defined.
Then, maybe the public can understand why their dancing baby video was taken down.
Here's the thing. Let's assume for a second Minecraft were a text-based game, this author would still find something to rag about (perhaps the lack of graphics as children aren't imaginative enough to know what a Creeper looks like).
People like this just sit around typing whatever the hell they want, hoping for 15 minutes of fame.
The most atrocious message these "copyright maximalists" make isn't actually spoken, but it's heard nonetheless:
"Our IP is important. Without it, others will steal our ideas and profit from our designs. Despite the fact our products sell well enough for our business to earn a profit, it's not enough and we will do everything in our power to ensure these profits only go to us.
If there's anything which remains true of "capitalism", greed knows no bounds.