Gameification of the system always results in cheating. The problem is they are playing this game with peoples lives.
They get points for convictions, not for actually finding justice. We've seen prosecutors who hide evidence, lie in court, investigators who have "unique" ways to look at evidence... and not a damn thing ever happens to them. Somehow we let them undermine the entire system and not face any of the blowback when they get caught.
Perhaps it is time that we seriously look at reform, by removing rewarding convictions over the fair pursuit of the truth. We have cases not brought because it might be to hard to win, and cases where people unable to fight back are being railroaded & legally murdered because someone needed a feather in their cap more than to find the truth.
We give them more if they convict more, and we are shocked that they are cutting corners... perhaps we need to stop being blind to the problem we created.
And people shook their heads and said they would never target people dumb enough to pay them to go the hell away by springing more accusations after they paid once.
I look forward to someone finding those who had their service terminated and starting a very profitable lawsuit against RightsCorp and the ISPs who refuse to understand the law and are terminating customers on accusations with no force of law behind them. Ignorance of the law should be punishable after all.
The real pity here is once again the government agencies that are supposed to protect the public are just kicking back and letting citizens get screwed over by private corporations because copyright.
Re: The U.S. court system is the laughing stock of the world
It is only without prejudice against the 10 Does, they TOTALLY can bring the suit back to life to try and silence them. One of the claims is that we implied the corporation engaged in fornication. A few of the people I am in contact with seem to think that it would be a stupid idea for them to try again... I merely pointed out the history of Pretenda double and tripling down on stupid. I'm still not scared of them or their pretend lawsuit, it is just another desperate gambit.
I have a theory that they are trying to keep some cases active against the principals to forestall any investigation by IRSCID or USAG, because it is doubtful those entities would move against them during any litigation because then the screams of them not getting a fair hearing in court would echo. (I left the state bars off because let me be frank, they will not do shit to them. A lawyer was convicted of murder, after he'd been in jail 8 years (IIRC) they FINALLY decided it might be safe to disbar him.)
And yes the US court system has failed on so many levels, but they were a laughing stock before Pretenda and will continue to be such.
Don't forget the sanctions... and the sanctions on the sanctions... The complaint is dead, but the aftermath is just warming up. I do not think they will find much latitude with the court given the fact they were again called out for blowing off deadlines over and over and over and over and... you get the point.
And then they pulled off his mask to find someone elses hand up his back working the puppet as he muttered... I would have gotten away with it if not for those darned kids.
I'm pretty sure there was much more swearing, I mean once they found an ECF login they could use to get the ruling, then get one of the locals to read it to them, another one to explain it to them, and yet another one to explain that no they weren't winning and this was over.
I full expect to see them file something in like a week past any deadline to do so arguing that they were robbed, mom said they were still pretty, and the Judge was just picking on them because they are white.
On the serious side... Congratulations to Booth/Sweet & The Russell Firm for being awesome in the face of so much blathering.
And the felony is from making someone with power look stupid... and the Sheriff has decided to make himself look even stupider.
"Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done," Nocco said.
Which sounds like the justification for each person who gets shot by cops. We dunno what they would have done so we went with the most extreme response. Cop logic.
The teenager would have done something stupid but pretty much harmless. But for making the powers that be look bad he must be punished to the insane limits of the legal system (and then some) to remind the little people to never ever color outside the lines or question their betters.
Zero tolerance, zero thought, zero intelligence... Perhaps something this stupid should be used to examine how those "unforeseen consequences" from shitty laws play out and how to fix them before ruining a teenagers life.
Must inflate stock price. Must try to protect clients from lawsuits. Must delay until the next round of settlements. Must have bank account empty when court comes.
I wonder how their own words will work against them in this case, as they admitted they knew the courts had ruled against this type of subpoena being used this way and decided to press ahead anyways. It does appear that they feel the law does not apply to them, unless it lets them demand cash from others on sketchy "evidence".
Perhaps if everyone who did Nintendo lets play's took them down, it would solve the problem.
Nintendo might end up noticing the drop in their sales and in the mad dash of corporate drones they might finally look down from the tower and notice the peasants aren't buying their games because no one knows if they are any good. Nintendo will wonder why and then maybe notice they slit their own wrists by launching attacks on reviewers who promoted their games at no cost to them. That the ZOMG IP Protection charge has protected their IP so well no one is seeing it anymore.
It is these tone deaf charges from above without any consideration or allowances for what is actually good for the business.
The powers granted by YouTube to corporations are well in excess of what the law requires, and merely serve as deterrents to 1000's of meritless lawsuits trying to make corporations wishes law. They are the big kid on the block, but so rarely is there a story where they stand up for those who are in the right rather than default to corporations are always right without even looking at it.
So now the possible wrongdoing he was speaking about is not confirmed, wrongdoing of punitive punishments is now the newest focus on a case that was punitive and wrong to begin with. Dare to challenge the system and they will throw out all of the rules to silence you is the lesson we've learned. Violating his rights, playing hide the reasons, and no one to hold them accountable when they are clearly violating the policies because they can.
And yet if the system forced this to happen, more companies would be doing this creating demand and competition in the market dropping the price.
(Well until the larger player makes the right campaign contributions and we get laws blocking those who do it faster & cheaper by leveraging technology).
I am not saying it is easy, but many films have scripts they could use as a base to start with. There is mechanical turk and other services that one could use to lower the price. The problem is that the big players keep the price inflated for doing the work (it makes a great write off I am sure) and require some sort of secret handshake to be in the fraternity of those allowed to do it.
I am willing to bet, like in many things, there is a community of people who care about even the most niche of movies and would offer to help create the subtitles to help spread the word. Heck many of the fan based "services" often create better subtitles than the professionals do. There are always many paths to the goal, one just needs to take the first step and try.
We'll just block everything, and then they will give in and do what we want.
I'm often happy to see the companies do things that make sense to show the powers that be the error of their way (ie: newspapers complain about snippets, snippets stopped, newspapers whining louder about loss of traffic). Perhaps rather than give in, they should make them learn how to do it correctly and let them pay the price for their overblocking.
So perhaps it would be best to use Team Pretenda as something, other than an example of why we have lawyer jokes.
If they are using it, it is broken. No amount of hoping that somehow they will be reigned in will lead to anything, we need to find the will to actually deal with the very real problems with the law and repair them. They are extracting misery & cash (and even killing businesses in the process) all while lining their pockets by abusing a system that everyone is terrified to fix because of the bad soundbites.
The ADA is important, and fixing it should be a top priority. We knew there was a problem when, in the most entertaining example, the copies of the movie "Up" were being made available to the public for rental lacking subtitles as the main character has hearing aids. The mindset was that disabled people needed to buy "full" copies of the movie to be included. The terrible fear of the movie industry that people would just make copies of the movies they if put out full featured discs for rental trumped the right of citizens to have reasonable access to the material. We've seen them holding the blind "hostage" by demanding laws block features the blind would benefit from, because ZOMG someone else might figure out a way to abuse it and cost us money. The disabled are just a bargaining chip, not a demographic they care to serve.
We need serious reform of these things, despite them not offering great soundbites for politicians... we have fucking National Days for Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes but somehow fixing a law to require that subtitles be made available on all versions offered in the marketplace isn't even that important. Says something about the priorities of our leaders and about us not giving a shit about anything other than ourselves.