Where do all the millions they give to politicians come from? Sales? Well, then seems to me that the authors are the ones getting screwed first here.
All the "middlemen" are the same - giving all creators as little as possible (nothing is the preferred amount), giving themselves incredible salaries, and buying off politicians to screw the public with more draconian laws.
"Collection" (s/b "shakedown") Societies are supposed to exist to ensure that creators are paid - so it should be illegal for them to spend anything on lobbying - they get an operational budget - and the rest must go to the artists.
Until the Authors/Artists/Creators start demanding that the publishers start paying THEM instead of POLITICIANS nothing will change.
Hmm... I seem to be dreaming. Time to wake up and go to work.
if google *doesn't* take down an infringing URL- they will get sued. if google *does* take down a legitimate URL from a bogus DMCA request - they will get sued. if google does *nothing* asked - they will get sued. if google does *everything* asked - they will get sued.
Since they can't do the *magic* process of taking down only the "bad" ones...
It really looks like Google needs to change the rules. The only way to force that may be to take down CBS, NBC, *AA sites. Yes, they will get sued for doing so - but it may be the rule-changer that is needed.
For a man who carries the Constitution with him...
We the People ... believe we should have a say in the cases of Manning, Drake, Snowden, Crane, et al;
We the People ... believe that we had both need and right to know the information they provided;
We the People ... believe our government is out of control in these and many other cases;
We the People ... believe these individuals have been "targeted" and "punished" far and above their supposed "crimes";
We the People ... believe in one law - not one for the oligarchy and one for the proletariat - this is the USA and we should have neither;
We the People ... believe these individuals deserve to be free to pursue a career and family;
We the People ... believe it far better for them to be wage-earning, tax-paying citizens of the USA;
We the People ... believe that millions of dollars of our tax money should NOT be wasted on their incarceration;
We the People ... hereby request their immediate pardon and release - or we request the immediate arrest and incarceration of those of "high" class who have committed the same "crimes" and been forgiven;
We the People ... believe we will exercise our right to vote OUT of office any of our representatives siding against the will of the people.
Every private jet in Hollywood has filed a flight plan to Australia on an "emergency flight" basis. All airlines are requesting extra flights due to sudden demand from law firms and lobbyist organizations.
Sue Google for not providing a link to "buy a drm laden copy for your kindle/ipad/whatever device here" at only twice the price of the original hardback, with all proceeds going into more lawsuits against innovation.