What Taub seems to be missing is that the Internet is just the new form of sharing. It used to be, in the good old days (sorry I couldn't resist), that people stood around the water cooler, sat in the barber shop, in the town square or a local diner, deli, or watering hole and discussed the news. Now, it is "shared" over the Internet to friends near and far.
So something changed, something is always changing.
Now, the news business needs to adapt. Taub wants to make a change by putting all of the big legacy news organizations behind a big all-purpose great paywall of legacy news agencies. Somebody tell them good luck with that and good-bye.
Other "new media" organizations are organizing around the different "communities of interest" instead of just people who just happen to live near each other. It seems to be working well for them. Too bad (or good) the legacy players just want to live in the past.
It's time to queue the next "Major Crisis" so that the media forget about this report. Oh Look! Canada is invading the US. Where is President Alan Alda when you need him! (What was the name of that movie anyway?)
The very fact that this report is needed makes me ashamed of the US Government. The fact that they are trying to use "national security" concerns to hide their shameful acts is horrific. The fact that torture was ever even considered is too terrible to contemplate. Now, those responsible are hiding behind the "gallons of black ink" of redactions under the veil of "national security" to hide from the public the shameful acts that were done in our name.
THE HIGH COURT IS NOW IN SESSION AND WE ALL FIND OURSELVES INNOCENT. COURT ADJOURNED.
IMHO this is going to be a big "yawn" win for big pharma. As Techdirt has pointed out in the past, people don't type in BigDrugCompanyName.pharmacy. People open Google.com or it automatically opens as a home page and type in aspirin and look at the search results. It is going to take a long time for the "average internet user" to even notice that the name ends in ".pharmacy". The ".com" name is what people expect to see at the end of a "legitimate" company website. The other TLDs are the ones that get picked when the ".com" version is not available.
Solving a crime after it's committed is too hard.....
Have you ever reported a stolen item to the police? They give you a copy of the report and then you're forgotten. My friend had a mini-van stolen. He had to find it because the police couldn't. But they gave him a report for his insurance company for filing a claim. I mean, it was a couple of blocks away, not in the next state. If they manufacture a crime whole-cloth, then they know exactly where to show up and arrest everybody. So much easier since they are also providing the fake weapons and they can't get shot. Everybody wins except the "criminals" that are all mouth and no action until they are stood in place with fake gun in hand.
I'm not an artist and I can't do this, but would the artistic types who read this please sign on to CafePress and Zazzle, open an account and upload some "I'm Ready For 'XXXX'" items. Keep changing the XXXX to something new and different. Let's see how many C&D's we can get out of the PAC!
I have one that is even better than that. When I upgraded to HD service, the technician came out and swapped out the boxes. When he left he forgot the old box. I expected that sometime soon he would come back and get it. Finally, about six months later I wanted out of my house, so I personally drove it over to the Comcast office. When I handed it to the girl I started telling her what happened. Then she looked up and told me it was stolen. So I said, "Oh, yeah, I stole the box from my own house and then I came here and told you who I am including my home address to give you back the box I stole from myself". She said it's marked stolen. So very slowly I said "Of course, the technician could never make a mistake and then mark the box stolen to cover his butt and I am so stupid that I stole a box and brought it back to you for no money, just to turn myself in, right?" She just stared at me so I walked out.
This is actually the exact opposite of what should happen. If there is a general call for "everybody" to stop voting, then only the ones who "want" power will still vote and elect whomever they want. All the call for "don't vote' will accomplish is to "let them win" unopposed.
The correct call is to find a better candidate and get everyone to go vote for the better candidate.
Apathy and no-shows will have to just take the crap from those who showed up and voted for the better candidate.
The constitutional clause "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;". How will postmortem rights "promote the progress"? Unfortunately, I don't have the means to mount a challenge, but this "life plus 70" regime seems to do the opposite, heirs and the heirs of heirs just sit around and collect money for something they didn't do. There is no promotion of the useful arts and sciences there. Who can start the ball rolling to prepare a constitutional challenge to the "un-limited", at least in my lifetime, life of copyright?
The Confused Congress Critters and other "Public Servants"
So we seem to be at a stand-off. Our way too highly paid high and mighty public servants have decided that the constitution just doesn't matter. The people that they represent and serve are in an outrage because the Constitution that these representatives swore to uphold is being stomped on and nobody should care. Just the fact that there is so much hedging and hawing about eroding the edges of the Constitution should be a HUGE tipoff that something is wrong. But no, they are offended that Snowden pointed out their duplicity and sneakiness and that the Newspaper reporters of all people are telling us about it. The big THEY are not offended that the head of ODNI, James Clapper, has admitted that he lied to Congress. No, no accusations, tarnished reputation, or need to flee to another country to stay out of jail, only the people who let the public know of the government out of control need to do that (or go to jail). What a sad state of affairs this country is in. Let's face it, the US Government has decided that violating the Constitution and the Geneva convention id OK to torture people AND lie about the results is OK. It is a very sad state of affairs at this point and for the foreseeable future.
Is there any way to collect all that hot air to heat my house?
Congress seems to be willing to spend countless (at least I'd rather they not spend more of my tax money to count how much it is costing) hours and millions of dollars to keep finding out that these "terrorist" laws are being used to conduct surveillance on EVERYBODY. Can anybody just tell Congress to shut up, stop holding meetings and repeal these bad laws or pass new ones to put a stop to it. Can we tell them to create a specific, concrete, court usable test that everyone understands to define a terrorist activity and then make that illegal. That will stop the "talk only" terrorist traps the FBI seems so fond of spewing PR about. It will stop whistleblowers from being terrorists. It will stop a lot of the "made up" criminals law enforcement seems fond of catching. AND, it will force the NSA to stop the programs that everybody outside of the NSA doesn't seem to want.
But, you know, whatever. There is no punishment, so why not trying a grab to copyright for themselves US Government publications. If it doesn't work and you get caught, later you just say "Oops, my bad" and nothing else happens. If nobody catches it, then they get to keep it. No Worries...
Given that while copyright infringement happens on a massive scale, the only evidence of it's effect on the businesses involved is either non existent or occasionally positive for individual properties it should be clear to any rational person that enforcement is both expensive and pointless.
It would be "pointless and expensive" if the copyright industries had to do it themselves. That is why they are insisting that Congress pass laws that they get free money for blank media AND that the intermediaries like ISPs and search engines have to do the expensive policing. Then it gets very cheap for the "infringement crying publishing industry"