Of course the burden will still be on those wronged by the courts. They will have to file a lawsuit to point out to the courts that these were bogus cases, then have to obtain the orders vacating the earlier ruling, get the results relisted, and then they can spend money to sue for damages.
Any sanctions or punishment against the lawyers behind this will go on for a very long time, and won't stop them from filing more paper in the meantime.
Then some other bright lawyers will figure out they can do this too, but they are smarter than the first guys so they won't get caught.
One does wonder if the companies who hired these lawyers could be held responsible. They are the direct beneficiaries of these bogus cases, and while stopping the lawyers takes far to much effort companies tend to avoid signing up for schemes that hurt the bottom line.
Notice and Staydown... Sure... HBO claimed HBO.com was infringing, nuke it.
There is no penalty for sending bad notices, despite it creating expense for Google, lets be honest a majority of takedown notices target Google who doesn't actually host the content.
They don't send notices to the correct parties. They don't use any common sense, claiming a single word match means it is infringing.
They do not understand the technology, they just want someone to magically wave a wand and solve it and bear all of the costs for them. They have ramped up the numbers of notices because they want to say see we sent 2.2 kajillion notices and these pirates are still at it, and no have anyone point out that 2.1 kajillion of them were fatally flawed notices.
Of course the cap for regular DSL users is only 150GB with the $10 per 50 over. No way to pay more to avoid the cap. Unless of course you want to sign up for Uverse, and then get the hard sell to 'bundle" to get a better deal.
Of course the first thing they want to bundle is phone, because they are trying very hard to get the subscriber counts on copper down so they can exit that market entirely. I mean its not like they got a bunch of laws changed to allow them to exit POTS when subscriber numbers dropped. Of course the copper lines won't go to waste, as thats how they deliver Uverse to many of their customers. But I'm sure they will be 'sold' at a loss to another 'company' under the umbrella and still have as little spend on maintaining them or expanding capacity.
"It has been my observation that the classified email indictment scandal is only interesting to Bernie Bros"
Could that be caused by your obvious bias, making you an unreliable observer?
"Mike also chose to compare it to Hillary Clinton's email scandal, instead of say Edward Snowden, or any of the cases I brought up."
You are more than welcome to write your own articles on your own blog to make these points. The Drake case highlights how the system abuses those they feel betrayed them making claims that they then abandon when it is convenient. One might even make a case for how this undermines the legal system with uneven enforcement of the law.
Perhaps the flaw is you can't bear to hear any discussion of the politician you support without assuming that it is a hit piece out to destroy her, rather than pointing out the huge gulf between the treatment of people who did very similar things.
The only thing they see if a drop in revenue & quickly move to fix it. The problem is they refuse to admit that many of the advertisers they work with often serve up malware & other stupid advertising tricks. They expect the ad networks are going to self police, and wash their hands of it. They don't consider that the advertising isn't just annoying readers, it is costing them much more than the few cents they lose.
We can't have a rational discussion because they want everything to remain the way it was. They don't want to have to change anything other than punishing those who block ads.
They serve up bad advertising. They serve up malicious hacks. They serve up hostile code to 'protect' revenue. They refuse to demand better advertising. They are hostile to readers, and hasten their losses.
One wonders how many of their editorial & writing staff use ad-blockers on their devices. I doubt they would ever give an honest answer, but my money is on a majority using them because they hate the crap advertising.
The big ad network group published some guidelines, but no one is following them yet... but then created more code & guidelines how to punish or defeat ad-blocking that was demanded.
When you declare war on your readers, you send a message. You don't care about them, and then are shocked when they go elsewhere. Rather than spending more to hack them back for blocking, why not demand better low bandwidth ads? Why not force ad networks to be responsible for bad actors who get slots in the rotation? It has to be better than just pointing at everyone else as being at fault, ignoring the 4 fingers pointing back at you.
I actually own a couple TP-Link routers... I have one flashed as a Library Box and the other I flashed as a Pirate Box. I find them to be useful portable tools, and it makes me sad if they're going to kill off this sort of innovation.
Perhaps the larger issue at play here is the fact that the videos of fights reflected poorly on the school.
Rather than break down what caused & what allowed the fights to happen, we have to announce a massive overreaching system that will 'solve' everything.
No parent whats to deal with the fact their little angel is a problem. I'm sure many parents just abdicate that portion of raising the kids to the school. The school has to deal with finding out why the kid is so angry and is acting out in this way. The school has to solve the problem without the parent needing to do anything other than complain if their kid isn't getting what they think they should get.
It is much easier to blame social media for all of the problems, than to hold up a mirror to some parents. Lets have this massive overreaching system & call the problem solved.... its worked so well for our other spy programs.
So patent guy asks, is rebuffed and immediately drops lawyers raining hellfire down upon you and that is perfect reasonable?
So is telling you to go fuck yourself a high compliment where your from? Getting threats from people playing lawyer (and lets be clear the ass who sent the emails - partner in an IP focused firm) who then glosses over he offered to sell them the name and never mentions that to NPM. So this pretend lawyer then sends multiple messages to NPM pushing them to give them the name AFTER the CEO claims they decided to go with a different name anyways.
Their trademark is not for open source software, its for a messaging app. The irony that pissing off this coder broke their own product is yummy.
I look forward to find out what earth shattering code they are going to contribute that just had to have that name for.
Completely his fault that they reached out from an account that appeared to be some sort of legal entity. Completely his fault that these types of threats are sent on a daily basis and we've all seen what happens. Completely his fault that they THREATENED to go legal because he failed to just give up what he was doing. Completely his fault that NPM scrapped a project he was working on because kik said give it to us for no reason other than we have a trademark but not for code and we want the name.
He started a project, he controlled the name. They asked him to give it up, he said no. They persisted & made legal threats. He told them to fuck off, because they were bothering him. They got a 3rd party who is supposed to settle these disputes to hand the name over to them for no basis other than we are a corporation and we want that name.
If someone rolled up and told you to change your thing because pointless reason, you are expected to just do it? Find a short pier, take a long walk.
Is that a deal other outlets can have? Or does anyone playing music have to pay a yearly fee?
And TW who are champions of copyright in all its various forms being involved in something & not making sure they had everything legit while at the same time shaking cash out of people because they didn't secure their router & claiming they had a duty to protect TW... yeah they should have had to pay triple.
Because we have IP we get all the things we want. This is the message that has been sent. Rather than contact the coder and explain 'We'd really like to acquire the name from you. See we have an app called kik so we'd really like to get the name for something we are planning on publishing. I know this is a big hassle, but we have $X to offer to offset the hassle. Would you be interested?' They went from the place of we own the IP and we are going to make demands of an open source coder and play right into the entire stereotype. Then the playground monitor decided that bowing to a corporation ASAP was the right play to avoid hassles, ignoring that the shockwave that would be generated by giving the appearance of caring more about corporate interests over those who actually use the playground.
There are people who are pissed that the coder pulled his code, one might assume because it broke something for them. The message is you can't be offended, take your ball, and go home even after people shit on you. Of course when something happens to them, they will be SHOCKED that other people will tell them you can't be offended, take your ball, and go home even after people shit on you.
I expect that this little kerfluffle is going to change some things, and maybe not in a way that will benefit NPM. The changing and reassigning numbers so some people might be unaware there was a change will bite them. Recent memory has a story about some tool who acquired some popular WP plugins & inserted code to make him his very own backdoor and ship the passwords to his server. People didn't notice the authorship got changed right away & were getting burned because people just expected a thing with the right name was the same as the thing they always used.
The model of a central place to get things has gotten a couple of black eyes out of this, and once people stop being pissed at the coder & look at what happened & how there are plenty of points where it went sideways.
Also is anyone really curious to see what kik is going to publish, and if it is a worthless piece of uselessness but at least it let them get their name out there.
This is a horrific game to them, find ways to expand the current programs at the expense of anything else.
The system must be protected and only needs a little more to be effective.
We can't fire or charge cops who kill citizens for no real reason, we have to protect them. War on Cops.
We can't fire or charge prosecutors who railroad innocents into jail, we have to protect the system. Isolated Incidents.
We can't fire the idiots who claim that despite having everything they took (and then some) they were unable to stop an attack they knew about. Encryption Did It.
Of course we have media who are supposed to report when our leaders are boldly lying to us, but they just parrot the party line because they fear not getting the same access as the sycophants who report bald face lies.
While they are screaming encryption, was has no one had the balls to ask them how many people need to die before they feel bad for failing? How many corpses are spinning in their graves because their deaths have been turned into fodder to expand a system that could have saved them but is so poorly run they were acceptable losses.
We can not be 100% safe all of the time, but we are much less safe under these current programs. They ferret out drug dealers using terrorism laws. They spy on significant others. They put people they dislike on the secret lists to make their lives more difficult. They use their positions to steal from citizens and the system pretends it isn't happening.
You magical protect us all if we just give up a little bit more pipe dream has a much larger bodycount than before you got these latest powers, when will we have the will to call out their bullshit and demand they do better with what they have. They knew who the people were, they knew something was coming and for not for sharing data from their precious programs the bodycount went up. We don't need more surveillance, we need more accountability & repercussions when they fail this spectacularly so they are motivated to stop the plots they already knew about rather than worrying about some fantasy future super attack.