Um, excuse me, but isn't the 4th Amendment about protecting us from a hypothetical narrative of government intrusion?
Or am I missing something? (Other than possibly a few other amendments I should have mentioned?)
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I think the maximalists have achieved their objective in places like Saudi Arabia.
No music is listened to at all. Except secretly, in private. Just the way the copyright maximalists want it.
The end result of both kinds of insanity are the same. If the only way you can listen to music without it being a ('public performance' | 'punishable crime') is to do so secretly in private, then that is the only way that music will be listened to.
The point of a public performance with respect to copyright should be about whether the performance itself is the reason people come to the gathering.
A gathering for some other primary purpose that happens to play a radio or other source of music should not qualify as a public performance. To think otherwise is to mean that music should become a very private thing that people only hear in private. Of course, when that is taken to its logical extreme, it would have the upside of meaning the death of the RIAA.
Please consider, people can shower in places such as a locker room at a public pool or park. The shower has an expectation of privacy even if it is at a public place. While I was thinking more of locker rooms, I can see why a copyright maximalist might bring up a bath house.
Should that be a public performance? Only the copyright maximalists would think there is any marketability to a naked person whistling a tune in the shower. Oh, wait. Nevermind.
Does the expectation of privacy depend on how good the person's whistling is, or whatever other features might attract an audience?
There is a reason I dislike, avoid and have no interest in organized sports. That reason is the same as what you do with sports and cable packages. Cram sports down my throat by force.
Can you conceive of the idea that some people really have no interest in sports?
What do you think the world would be like if you could be forced to participate in every topic, as well as pay for it? Want to learn to code an mp3 decoder using discrete cosine transforms? Want to learn to read Hebrew?
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The technology is not being "exploited" by terrorists, it's being used by them, just as they use telephones or microwaves or washing machines.
Shouldn't washing machines be required to detect explosive residues in clothing and report it? Shouldn't the government be able to remotely sniff all soiled laundry when it is loaded into the washing machine? Washing machines that fail to provide this capability are "friendly to terrorists".
Comcast and Time Warner, a match made in . . . somewhere
It is truly sad that we will be deprived of Time Warner getting the Customer Service that Comcast is (in)famous for, while at the same time Comcast getting the forward looking understanding of technology that Time Warner, a copyright focused company would have brought to the relationship.