It doesn't matter that they are not a government institution. If not an absolute monopoly, PayPal is still a de facto monopoly in the business they're in. So I agree that it is a question of censorship.
- "We are actually auditing all of our previous DMCA's to Google today to ensure no one else is being DMCAed by mistake."
It's cool that you're on here apologising and all, but wow...
You're auditing all the DMCA's now? When were you planning on doing that anyway? Never? It's been over a month, and you're only doing it now because you ended up in a shitstorm over one item on the list.
How about if you had done an audit of that list before you sent it off to Google?
And using a keyword based search to determine what pages to add to the list? Shame on you, that's borderline retarded, honestly.
I'm sorry for sounding hostile, but I really don't think you grasp the gravitas of your mistakes.
--Now, the crew in that helicopter on the other hand.... As far as I know they have still not been punished for what should obviously be classed as a war crime.
-lets see... a dozen Iraqi males in a combat zone armed with at least one AK 47 and an RPG. Others carrying camera bags mistaken for weapons. And you're surprised they took fire? No shit you were never in the military. A better question is who were the guys with the weapons and why were the journalists reckless enough to be part of an armed group in broad daylight?
So you don't see a problem with soldiers being trigger happy, begging for permission to open fire because someone on the ground "appears to have a weapon?" You don't see a problem with opening fire on two kids on their way to school? Oh, sorry, they did sit in that scary looking minivan, and their dad was trying to help wounded people lying in the street. I guess it's ok then....
Is it really too much to ask that soldiers verify that they are shooting at the right people, before they open fire? Really?
--Or how about the soldiers responsible for killing a whole family and covering it up by calling in an air strike on the house?
No, I haven't served in the military. Not in the US and not in my native Sweden, or anywhere else.
But, whaddayaknow, I've never gunned down civilians with large calibre machine gun fire or blown kids to shreds with hellfire missiles, either.
I'm not saying Manning should not be punished at all, but he's been punished enough already. He doesn't deserve life in prison, not for what he's done.
Now, the crew in that helicopter on the other hand.... As far as I know they have still not been punished for what should obviously be classed as a war crime.
Or how about the soldiers responsible for killing a whole family and covering it up by calling in an air strike on the house?
I guess it's only a war crime if someone else is doing it. Same as it's only terrorism if the people doing it are brown. Or how it's not torture if the President's advisor says it's not. Kind of like "it's not gay if you don't swallow."
Don't you realize how many people would lose their jobs if you made your own clothes? You should be ashamed of yourself...
Also, no home cooking (think of the caterers!), no car driving (think of the bus drivers!), no riding the bus (think of the car manufacturers!), no drinking water from the tap (think of the soda manufacturers!), no singing in the shower (think of the musicians!), no electronic music (think of the musical instrument manufacturers!), etc, ad nauseum....
"The service provided is the performance (music, movie, etc..). If you illegally view that material you are stealing the performance - it would be the same as sneaking into a concert. The fact that it was recorded and in what format it was recorded should have no bearing on the intent of the law."
Wow, I never thought about like that before. Thanks for clearing that up for me. So logically.... That means that if you buy a CD, you can only listen to it once? Because every time you listen to it after the first is like sneaking into a concert and listening for free. Right?
Re: Guess Mr Eisler hasn't grasped the views of pirate extremists here.
SO, Mr Eisler, you've NO objection if I "pirate" your work, effectively make it my own, without ever giving you even credit, let alone a nickel?
"Making it your own without giving credit?" That's not copying, that's plagiarism. You, the same as so many other people, can't tell the two apart. If I share one of Barry's books with someone, I don't claim to have written it. Barry is getting all the credit, believe me. And that will sell more books for him in the long run.
Authors should not fear piracy. They should fear obscurity.