While I am not singing Wal-Mart's praises, but Michael does have a point. This is the free market at work. By lowering prices, Wal-Mart has given themselves a competitive advantage, and if other stores cannot follow suit, they will fail. This is reality. Of course, Wal-Mart has a track record of treating employees badly. This is where the government needs to step in and enforce their regulations.
Wal-Mart has suddenly found itself loosing sales to online sources, who can undercut even Wal-Mart's "Low Prices". If Wal-Mart can't compete with these online stores, then it will also fail. This is the free market at work.
Don't get me wrong here, I am no fan of Kim Dotcom and I have never used Megaupload for any purpose. That said, what happened to him is even more tragic.
This is a case of government doing what their financial backers wanted, despite lack of evidence of any wrongdoing. Oh, there was reasonable suspicion, but they went ahead and broke the law to nab one person.
While I personally think that Dotcom is a slimeball, he does have the same rights to privacy, security, and freedom that we all do. Those rights were violated by a government bent on taking him down, regardless of the cost.
And that cost is high, because now the government feels empowered to do this to anyone. Maybe you'll be next Mike, maybe Out_of_the_Blue will be next. When our rights are violated like this, and no one stands up to it, the government will feel justified in continuing it.
So, despite my dislike for Mr. Dotcom, I support his fight against the seizure of Megaupload. He has become the champion for rights in the digital age. He is far from perfect, but he is what we have.
I remember back in high school, reading Mr. Orwell's 1984. I remember thinking that it would never happen. Now I am older, and wiser, and looking at the world we live in today, I am very afraid that Orwell only got one thing wrong. The year.
You are looking at the bowls several hours later. The first bowl probably did attract the most flies, but the content was not dangerous, so the flies came in, consumed and left. They can and will return.
The second bowl has bad food in it. It gives them indegestion, and in some cases, fatal. This is why you will find some dead flies here. Most flies will not return here, unless there is no other choice.
The third bowl has plenty of dead flies, but, these are flies who will never sample from any of your bowls again. These flies will not return, for they are all dead.
Now, you say bowl three is the winner, but, if all you do is put out bowl 3, you will loose in the long run, because once all the consumers of your content have consumed once, they will never do so again, and you will go broke.
Yeah, Bowl 1 is the winner here, because they will be able to return time and time again, consuming your content, and paying you in kind.
Bowl 2 is the second, as they will consume the content, but only if they absolutely must, and even then, it doesn't sit quite right. Some will sample once, and never again.
Bowl 3 is the clear looser. Once sampled, you will never get a repeat customer. Great long-term business decision.
Of course, I believe your post was satirical in nature, and for that, Kudos. If, for some insane reason, you are being serious, then you need to take an economics class. Stat.
I have rarely heard any music in the last 10 years worth purchasing, and even then I don't. I tend to listen to the radio for music when I am in my car, otherwise, I listen to my music collection which I legally ripped of the CD's I own. Most of the music I listen to was made in the 80's.
I understand your frustration, but, Mr. Out_of_the_blue has as much right to voice his opinion as we do ours. If we ask that he be removed from this site, are we any better than the **AA asking that file-sharers be incarcerated?
OOTB is not breaking any laws when he is posting here, so let him post. If you do not like what he says, ignore it.
Personally, I find him highly entertaining in much the same way that I find several Viral videos entertaining (such as the True Meaning of MPH and the Please Move the Deer Crossing Signs videos.)
Wow, it actually seems like you are agreeing with Mike on this one. I guess there is a first time for everything. Of course, trademarking something as commonly used as "Best Of" is rediculous, and should be smacked down.
If Yelp used Village Voice's "Best Of" font, logo, and made it visually identical to what Village Voice had, I can see a case (though I still don't agree with it), but really, there is no confusion here. At all.
You are right that law-practice is almost risk free for prosecutors, which is why there are so many silly cases happening. I like the idea of juries deciding "irredeemably stupid prosecution." That idea is actually sort of brilliant.
Re: Sigh. Technical complaint by some idiot alleging "lost his" data".
Allowing someone to get back his legally created material which was siezed by the government is not baloney (or bologna).
Many people used Megaupload for perfectly legitimate reasons. As a storage place for their own records, and to distribute their own legally created software. These are all people who were hurt when Megaupload was raided.
Yes, infringing content was placed there. I am not saying that it wasn't used for infringement, but the innocent should not have to pay for the crimes of the guilty. After all, how would you feel if your car was taken by the police because a similar car three states over was used as a getaway vehicle in a crime. After all, all makes and models of that vehicle are obviously used for criminal enterprise right?
This is the same argument, and then there are shills and trolls like you, who say that it's ok. No it isn't.
I purchased two textbooks throughout college. I had a friend in the same course ahead of me. I ended up using his books for my classes (minus the two I purchased, because they were new to the course). I simply copied the changes from another student's books and did that. It worked well for me. When I was done, my friend sold his books and all was well.
The price of textbooks are far too high for the value you are getting. I would recommend a business of renting textbooks. You buy X number of textbooks and then rent them out (with a leaflet of changes) for a low price, that saves students money, and over the course of several semesters, gives you money.
And you don't know that he does. For someone who is in the public spotlight as much as Mike is, it would behoove him to follow the law, as he would be crucified if he didn't.
Really, it is you guys, who are willing to throw people under the bus just to prove a point, whether it is justified or not, who are intellectually dishonest.
There is a big difference between recognizing problems in a system, and being a part of that system. I suggest you step back and take a look at the big picture. People on both sides of the argument are often wrong. I am not saying that pirating files (music, movies or whatnot) is right, because it isn't, but what the content industries are doing is also wrong.
I am not talking about making money, that isn't the problem, the problem comes when they are doing so by sacrificing regular people's rights and freedoms. We live in a society that was built on freedom. Now, because some companies aren't making as much money as they want, they are trying to curtail our freedoms. All in the name of profit. That is not right either. Things need to change, or it will get much worse. They content industries will lobby government to strip away our rights, and the people will start rebelling more and more.
That is something that many in the industries are failing to see. Over-litigation will result in a massive backlash, much like what happened with the Prohibition. Perhaps by listening to what people want, they can avoid this, but it seems that they will continue down the road to self-destruction, because they refuse to listen to the people whom they profess to be catering to.
Despite what the content industries say, or believe, content will still be created. It will be innovative, and engaging. People will enjoy it, and it will be of good quality. Whether or not big studios are behind it or not. If you say I am wrong, look at Amanada Palmer's newest album. Released free, and it reached 10 on the Billboard charts. The industry will survive the death of the studios and labels. If the studios and labels want to continue, they need to change how they do things. Litigating to force people to buy from them won't work. It will hurt them in the long run.
See, this is what an open market is about. They must compete with their competition, and when some of their competition (such as Amanda Palmer or Dan Bull) are putting out content for free, they need to find a way to compete with that, or they will fall. Others will come up to replace them. Others that can compete, and are willing to offer people what they want in order to compete.
You see, Mike's formula of Connect with Fans + Give a Reason to Buy is a good one. One that the MAFIAA ignores in favor of lobbying government to give them exclusive rights. The further they go in their efforts, the farther they will be from connecting with their fans. This will lead to them refusing to buy.
A part of this equation is the fact that buying habits have changed. People WANT to connect to artists. They want to feel like they are a part of the process. By shuttering them, litigating against them, the MAFIAA is driving the market away!