"This is where you twist things and act like the complete tech douche you are."
Sounds more like this is where you can't come up with a compelling argument so you resort to childish insults. Again...
"I'm betting with the next legal action they will."
Betting against a strong losing streak may get you a fluke win in sports, not legal precedents don't quite work that way.
"Everyone knows you and Google's game, Masnick: try to destroy what little protections creators have and then exploit their work for profit."
You've just described the MO of most of the big content industries (not the creators). Trying to gain sympathy by accusing the tech industry of mistreating artists is galling in its abject hypocrisy. Even if there was truth in it, you're certainly not the ones who get you say it out loud.
See, this is why people call you a troll. We do know that the current copyright terms are detrimental, the evidence is overwhelming. We also know the only people claiming otherwise are large corps who are only interested in protecting their cash cow. It's not artists who benefit, its the companies that hold their copyrights. Why else would they argue an artist's work needs protection decades after their death?
"But, you guys keep forgetting that you can't argue fair use while taking a property like Star Trek, making a professional film and making money from it."
Of course you can. That's exactly what they're doing. They are arguing that very fact.
"Axanar Productions using Kickstarter to generate funds and providing a digital copy or a copy for home use is "making money" from the "Star Trek" property without getting permission from the copyright owners."
There is a long established legal history of commercial operations being found to be fair use. Making money off it does not discount fair use, no matter how manner times you say it does.
"What many forget is that "Star Trek: Axanar" is not fair use, no matter how much people claim it is."
Fair use is not something you remember or forget, it's something that's determined in a court of law.
"Star Trek: Axanar is NOT transformative."
So a completely original story, dialogue and characters is not transformative? I think you might not understand what the word means.
"This film is different than the other 'cheaply' made Star Trek fan movies that are available through youtube."
Can you point to the section of copyright law that establishes "different to other fan movies on YouTube" as some sort of demarcation?
All these claims of yours have little legal weight, and instead come off as "I really don't like this so it must be copyright infringement!" You'll need to try a lot harder. You might end up being correct when you say that they'll lose, as fair use cases can be pretty hard to call beforehand, but it's just as well you're not arguing Paramount's case for them...
"Wow. Never thought I'd see the techdirt community defending someone who traffics in child porn."
That's because, as I said above, you've lost the ability to think rationally about anything CP-related. Nothing in the article defends CP in any way, shape or form. Feel free to point out specifics if you think I'm wrong.
It is vital to vigorously protect the rights and laws put in place to protect the people from governmental or law enforcement overreach. They were put there for good reason, usually as a result of decades or centuries of suffering by ALL people, not just people you happen to despise. If you choose to ignore these protections for bad people, you effectively give permission to ignore them for everyone else too.
You sound very much like your understandable hatred of child porn has fried your brain to the point of not understanding the terrible precedent you'd like the courts to set. Don't worry, your affliction is sadly common.
"You won't even consider a valid issue, and instead dismiss it out of hand."
Probably because most of the concerns you raise should not be as big a deal as you make out and quite frankly are worth it. Some cops need to be watched, and so do plenty of the citizens cops interact with. All these "problems" need to be dealt with intelligently instead of being used as excuses.
It's not a good point at all, because the people did not have the power to remove a monarchy once they realized they had a problem. You only have to look at the likes of IBM, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Yahoo, MySpace, etc to see that companies in a dominant market position have no guarantee of holding that position any longer than their customers want.
"I appreciate the point the article is trying to make, but I think it's a bit unfair to paint any opposition as strictly trying to keep a captive market."
It's up to optometrists to convince the paying public that it's worth paying more to get the benefits you describe. That's called competition. Running to the government for a law change that kills off your competitors instead of competing on merit is the very definition of a captive market.
Thank you Captain Obvious for explaining what everybody already knew. The point is not whether the information exists, it's whether law enforcement should be able to get it without a warrant.
Why don't you put your efforts into explaining something useful, like why the public shouldn't expect this basic legal check procedure to be used before accessing info that most people would prefer to be kept private.