But copyright enables new, innovative business models.
Just imagine . . .
Police departments everywhere could pay a camera wielding citizen $500 to get that evidence of wrongdoing before anyone can use it against the police officer and the department. Citizens make money! It's commerce!
Isn't it in the public and taxpayer best interest to maintain the respect that public holds for the police?
(ewwww! I almost gaged typing that. Now I need a shower.)
Re: Once again, we must remember what Mike Royko said
The Wall Street Journal failed to mention any assistance that Mr. Snowden may or not have had from space aliens. That would certainly attract more readers to the story. Doesn't Murdoch understand this?
Edward Snowden sabotaged the intelligence capabilities of the U.S. and its allies, and now we learn he may have given the Chinese regime a weapon to spread Internet censorship across the planet.
So the Wall Street Journal is saying that the NSA had a really powerful tool to spread global censorship across the planet, and Snowden revealed this? Sounds like something the US citizens, let alone the rubber stamp 'overseers' in congress ought to know about. Thank you Mr. Snowden.
(Of course, I don't believe this is true. But if it is, then I might still thank Mr. Snowden, if this action would be the only way to reveal the existence of such an NSA tool. Since spreading internet censorship across the planet is part of the NSA's job.)
Re: I'm surprised they use computers for the drawing
You cite the very reason why they would use computers (because tampering can be done), while being surprised that they would choose that.
Put the two together and it should bring you to a conclusion about why someone might choose to use something that can be tampered with. And it's the exact same reason why some would push so hard for voting machines designed to invite tampering.
Q. Why would anyone choose something that can be tampered with and have no verification? A. Because it allows the results to be tampered with and have no verification.
Kim Dotcom is not involved in any infringement activities. Some of his end users may be.
By your logic, maybe the guy at the KickTwip who sold Tipton the lottery ticket should also be charged. Be raided by black helicopters, etc. After all, this is a real crime for millions of dollars. And that KickTwip store definitely enables and facilitates committing fraud on lottery systems just as digital storage lockers, ethernet cables and electric utilities contribute to copyright infringement.