I typo the thoughts in my head, and sometimes there is magic. I don't think its about being a nym, sometimes its a matter or saying what others are thinking or offering up a viewpoint they hadn't considered.
Heh, and thinking I am a team would have made more sense the few times I swept a week. But still just 1 jaded man...
IP is our most valuable asset, 6 words that hastened these antics.
You have a shadowy group of people paying 10 people to extract millions from people actually creating things. Once upon a time the system worked where people would build upon what came before, now what came before cannibalizes the present at the expense of the future.
We still have creative people, but many dare not share with the world because these zombies of the past will devour them. This is the mentality that has run unchecked, and might help explain why anything innovative as treated as the devil out to steal their souls, because it might change how everything works.
In 10 years when a Kim Kardasian Enterprises is demanding a cut from all celebutant faked sex tapes, might we finally figure out this was a bad idea? Pity it'll probably be to late... our culture is dying because we keep feeding fat zombies and letting them call the shots.
They tried asking and got told to GTFO... so now they are trying to get the law changed so they can skip innocent until proven guilty, evidence those pesky due process things so they can terrorize account holders.
Power.... say it with me.... causes a form of brain damage.
When the pepper spray initially happened and then she threw the officers under the bus I remember thinking she probably told them to fix it and do whatever it takes, and then she sacrificed them all when they did exactly what she wanted but didn't get the desired result.
She thought she could reform the schools image and in particular hers, she is unfit for the job. She is more concerned with how she is perceived than if she is actually doing a good job. She has spared no expense to save her reputation, its time she leave before she spends again.
But the rules don't matter, because our targets are really bad guys!
The laws aren't maybe kinda sorta guidelines, they are how things are supposed to be done. This sloppy kind of corner cutting hoping that the courts will suspend the rights of the accused because they are bad guys weakens the entire system. The fact an agency charged with upholding the law time and time again gets passes to the point where they feel they can ignore the law, suggests that serious reform is needed.
And the EU ends up in a corner, where they lead themselves. On the one hand they have publishers bitching about blocked ads and scraping on the other hand they have those same publishers violating the law.
Perhaps the easiest solution is for them to consider perhaps it is the shitty ads they serve up that are the real problem. That consumers don't really owe them anything, and serving up hostile ads and hostile ad blocking is the reason they are in trouble. This isn't something consumers should have to fix, the industry needs to fix itself rather than just invent new ways to be shitty.
We are going to outlaw rumor-mongering, even if the rumors are true. We will watch over each of your shoulders to make sure you behave correctly, and if anyone else in your group does not we will hold you responsible for the others.
We will make it much easier to harass you for using this communication we can't tap secretly, so you might as well just do what we want and never say anything bad about those of us in government who are better than the rest of you chattel.
You do understand that the law makers love to tout the alleged free market while enacting laws keeping any competition from entering the market.
In a free market you don't have laws passed to keep the outdated in business, adapt or die off. The problem is these old businesses can afford to pay (what often is small potatoes, and we should be insulted our representatives are so fucking cheaply bought) to protect their market.
We do not have a free market, free market is a buzz word used to rile people up, disengage any critical thinking, and support plans that actually actively harm them. Its a common thing you can see across all sorts of issues, say the hot button and the brains go limp and fall into line.
Note I put "free market" in quotes when I used it, because I know it doesn't exist. The truly wonderful thing that someday might happen is people learning to get past the brain disengaging hot button things and see how fucked we all are, and demand better.
"by simply outlawing most of the competition" Wish sadly has become the tried and true method for maintaining the "free market". Even as the incumbents make promises they never live up to (and no one with power holds them accountable) they get handed control and use it to raise prices while not innovating. With no real competition, they don't have to get better, faster, cheaper... they can claim how much better they are now while keeping people from being able to see what real progress is.
We compared apples to oranges and have decided that moving forward all apples should have peels and segments like oranges so they can be fairly shared.
In the broadest terms Spotify and YouTube are both platforms that deliver content. But in practice they operate much differently, and the income streams each earns is very different.
If a music video goes out on YouTube for a popular song it might get some hits, where users of Spotify might make it the stream of the moment that they have in heavy rotation. Based on the different deals the payments go out, and considering the labels/artists aren't expected to pay for the resources they are using on either platform, its a pretty good deal.
The larger problem seems to be twofold 1 - Google is the internet 2 - Google makes a bunch of money, and there is only 1 pot of money so anything they are getting is taken away from someone else. (Usually the poor poor artists the cartels like to unshackle and parade around before locking them away again to cash their royalty checks of $.15 after costs are deducted.)
Each platform is different, and part of that is an industry and regulation (purchases by the industry) that makes everything a fight and slog to get to selling something to consumers. If they wanted everyone to pay the same, they should regulate the copyright laws and set 1 flat price for all platforms and work from there. That way the 'fight' over wanting 11 cents for every dime the platform makes (h/t Mike) are over.
If every platform knew what the costs where, and didn't have to worry about decade long pointless lawsuits you might get an EU based competitor who can challenge the big players... but serving the cartels interests benefits no one because their demands are so far removed form reality.
Unless the lawyers who sent the DMCA notice put one of those you totes can't talk about the contents of this privileged communication with anyone headers on it.
eBay might have smart lawyers, but they cost money where Becki in accounting can totally read the notices they get and remove posts. Its not like anyone will file an answer, they will just look for another way to list it and pay them another fee. eBay isn't that well known for customer service.
I'll leave it to the experts, but only the experts who are willing to sell us a solution for several billion dollars. So what if everyone else says it is impossible, we know the impossible is easy, there is a whole movie franchise based on it being possible.
How dare Google pretend that the system has been weighted in favor of industry at the expense of big business. So what if we took billions and never delivered on promises. So what if we refuse to provide service at a fair price. So what if we look for new ways to earn more while doing less. So what if we control all the markets & use laws to avoid competition.
The "free market" sorting all of this out has merely lead to dinosaurs picking their favored feeding grounds, lying about what they might do, and screwing consumers. Its time we actually have law makers who put citizens above corporate citizens who buy their support for small change.
The small problem with point 1 is that the state often is unwilling to offer resources to the defense. IIRC in New Orleans there are people waiting for their trial dates who have been sitting for years, because they refuse to pay for the defense. The system is unbalanced from the word go, when you have public defenders managing case loads well beyond what they can possibly reasonable handle up against a well funded prosecution team who has all of the bells and whistles at their disposal and carry a tenth of a caseload why is anyone shocked that plea deals are pushed even if they aren't in the best interest of defendants.
The cash made available should be equal on both sides ending the unfair advantages the state gets.
As to #4 I think they need to be tried by the system. They should face the very harsh justice everyone else faces. We need to start holding them to at least the minimum the law demands rather than protecting the image of the system at the expense of citizens.