"This is absolutely horrific...the inhumanity of rights holders refusing to formally acquiesce and declare that making an unauthorized copy of a work is perfectly legal because big, bad meanie gatekeepers have it in for the large number of people who ignore the law and generally get away with their actions without consequence."
Yeah, no. You're missing the point. As military organizations learned millennia ago, the quickest way to undermine your authority is to issue orders you know won't be obeyed. You can only push so far - Prohibition in the USA proved that.
When I was a kid, they warned us if the "commies" won, we would live in a country... very much like America today. (Well, with more lines). Did I miss a world war somewhere along the line? I wasn't paying attention.
The company has no procedure for fixing this problem because it's not supposed to happen. AND, their "support" system is so streamlined and efficient (GRIN) that literally no-one has the authority to do something not in the books. So, it gets referred to another department, then another...
Aside from the obvious - destroying evidence of their own thuggery - what was the supposed justification for vandalizing the video equipment? I mean, they must have had SOME legal justification ready, just in case.
Absent the POLICE T-shirts, this looks like a film of a home invasion.
There's no such thing as a false positive. It's been widely demonstrated that everyone commits some kind of crime, every day. Once you divorce searching for YOU from a specific crime they're trying to solve, it's one tiny step from just rounding up people at random. And once you're in custody, they have to justify WHY.
I mean, if they're working THAT HARD to keep it secret, what horrors must they be concealing? The entire nation will be obsessed with speculation about it! ...until some celebrity breaks up with her boyfriend or something.
Really, stalling as long as possible, until everyone loses interest, will work just fine.
"Not enough of us Americans give a shit about the Constitution, none of our politicians or judges give a shit about it, and people here adore our police so much that they smile and thank them as they are being fucked in the ass by them."
It's not that we don't give a shit, and it's not that we adore the police. It's that we are literally powerless before them. The police have guns, the will to use them, and (almost) no repercussions. Resist and you may well die. The courts are no help; they twist and turn the law until whatever they want is legal. The polls? "Lesser of two evils" doesn't work anymore; neither evil is "lesser" enough.
It will reach a point where it boils over, we'll have a new government, and (hopefully) another couple of hundred years of relative freedom until we have to do it again.
All they have to do is buy them. They may not get the very best of the best, but how many people will turn down two or three times the going salary? it's not like the government has limited financial resources. Same for companies - pay them enough, and they're on board. The local office just makes it more tempting. "They're right across the street..."
Clearly, there aren't enough dangerous things in the world to keep them occupied. Two summers ago, I was walking through a public park on a sunny afternoon. Being a bit of a birdwatcher and former professional photographer, I had a DSLR and a long lens with me.
I was approached by a police officer, who wanted to know what I was doing there. I told him birdwatching and walking. He was kind enough to tell me I'd been "turned in" by the staff at a municipal building, located the other side of the park, across a street, and up a hill.
They were worried I "might photograph" the outside of their building for "terrorist purposes." This critical facility housed three employees and two lawnmowers.
They're having Samsung use their TV technology in the cars. Commands are sent, unencrypted, to a third-party site to be parsed, then sent back to the car for execution. What could go wrong? Saves several dollars per car, and there's that huge advertising revenue stream:
"Gee, we should stop at Aunt Sally's on the way!" And your screen lights up with a list of stores between here and there that sell gifts Sally would like...
I assume the evidence collected couldn't be produced, mentioned, or discussed?
"Well, we stopped these guys because they looked suspicious, Then we searched their vehicle and didn't find anything. Then, for 'reasons' we let them sit there a couple of hours, and they got really nervous. Then we took them into custody."
"DHS is actively asking fellow citizens to spy on each other "See something, say something" they even have fucking posters printed for."
I remember growing up in the 50's very well. We were constantly told how horrible life in Soviet Russia was, with the government watching everything you did, and encouraging neighbor to turn in neighbor, and child to turn in parent.
Curious if you're from the USA - seriously. You can have a waiver signed in blood, under a full moon, witnessed by the President and the Supreme Court justices, and people can still sue you and win. Ask any skydiving school, ski resort, or (until special laws protected them) light aircraft manufacturer.