I don't always agree with your ass ass, Mike, but you always make valid points despite what Average Joe had to say.
I'm very much pro-gamergate int he scheme of things, and I think you're right. There are lot of outlets that use it as an excuse for clickbait, namely Gawker. Even the movement itself is mired in some ridiculous in-fighting, but I think ethics in journalism need to be a virtue all outlets aspire to.
I also agree and respect the fact that Techdirt does not cover stupid, dramatic subjects just for clicks.
Anyway, just wanted to show my appreciation for your work even if you are a stone cold hard ass.
By the way, I'm surprised you guys haven;t condemned Gawker for this crap, clickbait tends to be there MO.
I do this too. I've seen negative reviews where people rate something with one star over something fairly trivial (it's unrelated to Amazon, but a local gym here in Colorado received a negative review because the guy claimed they would never change the channel from Fox News), and I'm sure thee's plenty of these on Amazon too.
It's every company's prerogative to look out for their own business. I think it's pretty obvious Aereo wouldn't base the foundation of their business on something illegal if it meant the company could get shut down.
That leads me to believe that they were trying to act within the constraints of the law, but it was less risk to their growth to take the route where they're being perceived as "dirty thieves" by the media companies.
Then again, they could have taken the other route and end up collapsing under the weight of the licensing fees.