DMCA is broken. It was born broken & unfair. They ignored all of the concerns it would be abused. Oh look it is being abused. (this applies to so much of US lawmaking now)
We will never agree in a short period on fixing the DMCA, we all have our own deeply held beliefs. A much more simple temporary patch that no one should object to is adding a fine for a bogus request.
Google spends a huge amount of time, money, effort doing something they should not have to. These notices are assumed to be correct and must be followed ASAP under draconian penalties for not meeting the senders demands. There is nothing that forces those sending the notices to make them better, despite the mounting evidence they are being sent by bots with no verification what so ever. The burden in the system is on the accused to prove innocence ('Merika innocent until proven guilty was a thing).
We have sloppy notices like this on top of scammers abusing the system to make money by stealing cash by making claims and being awarded ad dollars and withdrawing them before anything bad might happen to them.
I think a small $5 a url fee for each incorrect url in a claim would improve things. These companies have "valuable" IP monopolies and $5 is not much compared to the value of the IP. But mounting piles of $5 bills might encourage them to target their notices better. Nonpayment of the penalties should also allow recipients to ignore future notices until the penalties are paid. It is a waste of someone elses time & money, and those sending bogus ones should bear those costs.
It is the system we are stuck with, like it or not. The LEAST that should be done is to force it to improve. This fine would result in a vast improvement in the notices, and lower the number of false claims protecting innocent 3rd parties who have done nothing wrong but have the word download in a url or on a page.
Given the sheer number of rejected claims submitted to Google on a daily basis (as the **AA's like to tout the growing number of submissions and ignore the large pile of false claims) Google could afford to roll out Google Fiber and cover the entire US. Call it double motivation for them to improve the notices.
Someone able to use his psychology background to dazzle a bunch of idiot investors & business types. See cause in those positions people with degrees are forced out and replaced with figureheads who answer to the shareholders above all others. It makes money, it must be good.
Lenovo released a removal tool, one wonders if they can't understand why people might not trust them. Perhaps they should have gotten a much more trustworthy company to release if for them... maybe Comcast.
But they were only trying to make the customer experience better.
More telling was poking around on the Lenovo forums I found an older thread where it appears this product was screwing up peoples net access and downloads, and they went ahead to patch it to make it work better. One wonders if the solution was the cert.
The crunch might be real, but it is not in spectrum. The crunch might have something to do with not investing in the infrastructure to make use of it.
Much like the doomsaying about finite bandwidth, the truth is if they had just invested money over time to upgrade and expand there wouldn't be a problem. But investor value & bonuses are always more important, and one can always run and get a handout to deal with what has become a much worse problem (now if only we could force them to not pocket the handouts & still not fix the problem).
For all of the love of the "free market" it is amazing how far they bend over to make sure that the market will never be free for actual competition.
Oh so you are in support of the idea that a less desirable group of people isn't entitled to the same rights as everyone else?
I might think you are a flaming asshole, but I still believe you have the right to say really fucking stupid things (and be mocked for doing so).
When one ignores these sorts of situations because they feel the victim is somehow deserving of the situation, they seem to ignore that the next time, they could be the less desirable who should just accept being mistreated.
-Once again the theory I've been positing that power causes a form a brain damage is proven. They think they can find a way this time to skirt the very clear laws and not catch hell.
-Those with power will make knee-jerk reactions to "issues" with all of the thought and restraint of a 2 yr old given access to a chocolate cake.
-Raising the children to be special snowflakes who can whine and make the entire world change to cater to their whims is coming home to roost.
ProTip: The world is full of shitty people.
There are people who say things just to get attention. If words on a screen cause you shattering debilitating anguish, you are not engaged in the world and unprepared to do so. If you demand the powers that be silence others that you dislike and gleefully accept them being silenced, you haven't considered what happens when someone decides your thoughts should be silenced as well. You will find yourself without a voice, wondering why this happened to you, because you were such a nice person.
Apparently the penalties do not exist or are not enforced, otherwise this would have never reached this level of horror. Someone should start at the bottom and work their way up slapping charges on everyone in this chain of command who allowed this to happen and acted to cover up the total failure to do their sworn duty, most likely in a scheme to try to keep the police from looking bad. Many people lost faith in these police when they were never helped, criminals not brought to justice, accused who never had a chance to clear their name.
Because if you can't win with the truth, baffle them with a wall of impenetrable bullshit. More people would take plea deals, simply because trying to fight against "science" (pseudo & otherwise) is costly and stacking charges so that the plea looks better is the way the system works.