And I fully expect that our incoming cabal, known to eschew government interference (like antitrust) and sing the praises of the free market, will nonetheless fall in line with these non-causative correlates... especially considering their demonstrated sympathies for the legacy-IP crowd.
Makes you wonder where the notion of a potential infringement originated. Does Redbubble subscribe to some sort of text-searching keyword list? One that's capable of reading hand-drawn artwork? Or is there a staffer (or subcontractor) scanning submissions... one whose own GoT familiarity made them target that phrase, rather than simply accepting its plain-language meaning? Unless the teen's drawing depicted scenes clearly inspired by GoT, why would someone draw that association? "Winter is coming"... sounds like ad copy for a sale on skis and parkas...
No, better than that -- remember that the new regime wants to pass regulatory power away from Federal offices like the F-CC, and back to the states; so watch for 50 sets of regs from the AlabamaCC... AlaskaCC... ArizonaCC... ArkansasCC...
Mandate from the new administration: No more oppressive Federal oversight... pass control to the states. How about 50 separate DMCA re-registrations? One or two have to be better-executed than the Federal version.
This is the question of the moment... the president-elect and his merry crew propose rabid de-federalizing of government oversight, placing, in their minds, regulatory controls from environmental to commerce in the hands of state government bodies. But no such structures exist! I'm having trouble imagining Comcast lobbyists buying off 50 separate Communications Commissions; will Samsung need to seek type acceptance for a TV receiver from 50 different authorities?
" ... a system heavily-reliant on signatures raises some questions about the trustworthiness of that system."
Note that banks and financial institutions... think credit cards... have largely walked away from even requiring, let alone validating, signatures for transactional purposes; they want chip-and-pin or other, higher-security means.
So a scrawled signature is trusted to authorize covert surveillance... but not trusted enough to charge a latte at Starbucks.
Hey, he just stopped into The Tower for a friendly social call, like the Japanese Prime Minister did, so he could chat about the affairs of state with Ivanka and Jared. And like the president-elect wishes Theresa May would do, if she happens to be in the neighborhood.
How exactly does that "forced me" thing work? Extrajudicial, as in no court order? Rutgers campus security forces are known locally as self-important paramilitary wannabees, but thanks to some unfortunate legislation, Kampus Kops at all NJ state-affiliated colleges are vested with powers that parallel the NJ State Police. Often, that amounts to alcohol raids that result in 20-year-olds facing felony charges instead of warnings; but this is a surreal next level. (Dare we use the Gestapo word?)