One can hope, but even if this passes, it won't affect anything in other countries. The lobbying power of copyright interests is too great.
I don't think it much matters, at least as regards games and installed software. Technology and the market are moving to obviate these things, and no matter how onerous EULAs get, they can't stop the march of time.
Now EULAs for online services? That needs real change.
Many years ago, I sent a letter to Cnet complaining about their "CERTIFIED RETAILERS" list, or something to that effect.
When you looked up a product, say a TV, below the review would be a list of retailers selling the TV, all of which had a star rating next to them. One would think that this star rating involved some sort of quality analysis.
And one would be wrong!
It had nothing to do with quality, but some arbitrary list of things that no one cares about, like whether the website accepted Discover Card or not.
As such, with concerns of actual retailer quality out of the way, the lists were overrun with companies like "Brooklyn Camera Stores." Google it.
Bait and switch shops! Genuine scams being listed on Cnet with a five-star rating. It was a travesty.
So as I said, I sent a letter... No response.
I sent another letter... No response.
This was around the same time that Cnet introduced its new rating system, where instead of using academic numbers (where anything below a 60 was bad), they used Bell Curve numbers (where 5 was perfectly average).
One would thus expect reviews to cluster around 5... i.e. average. But no. The average review was actually a 7.something. They expressed, in quantifiable terms, that their reviews are bullshit.
In fairness, I've seen behavior like this purely because FOUO is the default classification. I remember the terms FOU and For Public Consumption (FPC), and all FPC documents went past editors and whatnot, whereas FOU could be riddled with typos and racist jokes.
No exaggeration, this is one of the reasons why I'm a freelancer. Every, single one of my friends works in a company that tracks computer use. Some to the degree that my friends have received official citations for viewing Facebook.
All it ever did was breed contempt in the employees. One wonders how many more studies will be necessary.
He's very skilled in the ways of direct debate. That is how people who are absolutely wrong can still win an argument.
People disagree with you? Tell them that they are wrong because you know that proving otherwise would take up more time than the debate allows.
One key point in the debate? Rapid-fire lots of other points, thus forcing the opponent to either ignore them, and appear to admit their validity, or charge off-track in an attempt to counter each individual point.
People like cotton disgust me, not because I disagree with him, but because he is intellectual corrupt.
No, we haven't. We have found a new business model that does what the old one did, transported entertainment/data from a producer to a consumer, but with a different profit vector.
This evolution happens constantly even in industries that don't have the scapegoat of illegal behavior. The entire industrial revolution is an example of this. And, big surprise, we saw the rise of people who hated the machines.
Their plight even birthed Karl Marx's philosophical wellspring, who began working on what would become communism after learning of the working conditions of Britain's lower class. So, in that regard, we're pretty conservative in our response. We created a few misguided laws; they created a whole fucking country.
I never got the "doom and gloom" thing from the Techdirt posts. I got a sort of entertained derision. That, basically, the Times was stupid to try this at all for reasons x, y, and z. And when the first numbers came out that showed a relatively small drop in user numbers, that Techdirt's narrative of stupidity remained the same.
Also, Lincoln? High end? You don't read auto websites very frequently, do you? They're the laughing stock of the car industry, right now. I say this more to make fun of Lincoln than deride the NY Times' effort.