All that is missing is a chart showing how little of a bump in "contributions" it took to make them keep this farce going.
Much like the terrorism battle cry, slapping Obama on everything is losing its cache. One can only hope that we grow weary enough of the politics of fear that they get swept out and replaced with representatives of the people not just the corporate people.
If everyone else has to be burdened to support your business, your model SUCKS.
Perhaps rather than just declaring them evil, look at why consumers use them and figure out how to make them unneeded.
More hurdles are a bad thing for the bottom line, as people will find a path that is easier to use. How screwed up is what you are doing when people are willing to jump through tons of hoops to still use the "legal" services... and you don't think they will get fed up and take another shortcut? Maybe do less blow at the next board meeting because you have got to be high.
Artificial barriers have had a shitty run, save the money you spend trying to erect yet another one and put it into making the path smoother.
So accusations are facts. Imagining laws make them real.
Gee, still can't figure out why people have lost faith in the legal system in this country. Show them video of a cop shooting someone who is cuffed, no wrongdoing. Make claims not supported by actual law, OMG TAKE ALL THE THINGS!
Remember back when you were innocent until proven guilty, and they actually have to prove it not just say it?
And perhaps it is well past time we stop accepting the 'ZOMG TERRORISTS WILL WIN' arguments to keep these things going and admit this has gone to damn far and needs to be undone & given much stronger limitations moving forward.
Doing it this way has provided very little benefit beyond soundbites with no reality to back up the claims, and it has cost far to much money & credibility.
What if the unicorn was real, and everything they have done has lead to to have precognition of all bad acts... but to protect the secrets & programs they still let them happen.
Sounds silly? What about the cases where they let "criminals" go rather than answer about stingrays. Or where they were unable to do parallel construction to make it believable they happened on the plot & didn't find it using a secret program.
Or perhaps they can not find the needle in the ever larger haystacks they create, & we need leaders to take a stand against blindly following the repeating pattern that isn't working.
If only there was a department created to deal with making sure justice was... oh...
Seriously, we need to demand that Congress stop just throwing money into the pit and ignoring the obviously serious problems in "their" house.
These are the people who are the first to say if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, yet they are doing everything (and then some) possible to hide stuff. Americans have lost faith in the government (and even many of the people who put all of their blind faith behind them are starting to ask WTF).
It is high time that they start doing what is required or start removing those who block it from happening. Refusal to do your job is grounds from firing for every other job (outside of Congress) in the country... start taking heads and remind them they can & will be held accountable.
And this is why the lack of a penalty for screwing up like this makes the system useless. They have no reason to be better. They can always claim big/oopsie/dog ate my code if someone actually notices... in the meantime all sorts people are having to deal with their pages gone and filing a counter notice (which is WAY more complex than sending a bogus claim) and hope that the don't double down on the bogus complaint (cause THAT never happens... like with a birdsong).
If they had to pay a penalty for each bogus claim & then file notices to fix what they broke then it might get better. There honestly needs to be a 'crying wolf' clause in the DMCA. If you send X bogus claims, you get a timeout.
And cue some little noticed rule change attached to a must pass bill that no one will notice a single added page in the other 2000 pages they didn't read making it a crime to gather/use metadata about Congress.
public statement by them, IIRC (I sometimes am confused), was that they felt that the court was wrong in its ruling about the subpoenas they are abusing and so they didn't have to listen until SCOTUS ruled on it.
So they avail themselves of the legal system, but only when it benefits them... otherwise it is to be ignored. And this is why they are being sued.
Well how about Superfish did they do something wrong? What about Komodia?
They created a certificate that signs basically ANY certificate it encounters and makes bad ones good in the process.
This is not a bug, this is defective and deceptive by design. At no point did they disclose everything it did to their buyers, no one would purchase a piece of software that makes you more open to being hacked but this entire piece of software does just that.