Patreon - where they don't have archaic contracts subtracting the cost of broken vinyl for your YT releases.
The **AA's should start getting worried. They are losing control they have enjoyed for years as the only game in town.
Imagine a world where we had Patreon-like systems for collecting the cash & paying promptly without taking massive cuts. Imagine if they could displace the 1000 little, scandal ridden, rights societies. Bring a sense of logic to copyright & not waste tons of cash hunting down a YT stream that some music was heard in the background of but wasn't the focus of the video.
Treating fans like fans, not living in terror that some kid would sing their cover of a song & rob us blind.
Imagine artists being able to do as much or as little as they wanted to with social media, and not having a 'team' pushing the messages of the sponsors who paid enough to get a plug.
Like I said before, a very smart person would be courting artists who are in contracts that might end soon. Create a model that benefits the artists first & takes a clearly detailed cut for the overhead that isn't inflated with hundreds of little cuts.
The internet, they feared it for good reason. It removes the need for gatekeepers who belong in the past.
Everyone had a laugh at the stories about people calling Obamacare utter shit & how the Republicans had to fix it with the ACA. Because they called it Obamacare for so long people think it is different than the ACA. When you tell them they are the same thing they start looking for ways to pretend it doesn't matter.
Trump claims to have created all of these jobs & money. Media calls him out and his base, primed with the mantra of fake news, just assume it is a hit piece and wrap themselves tighter in the Trump delusion.
His supporters think the country is doing much better while ignoring anything that challenges that view as being fake.
This really is approaching the levels of the meme where the cartoon shows the titanic, someone screaming iceberg dead ahead, and the other people screaming fake news.
I think we should keep calling this BS out, but the biggest thing we need to work towards is breaking the imaginary story that Trump always tells the truth & to disagree is fake news.
$30 (or $50) for a VOD that you don't add to your library. It will be limited in so many wonderful ways because piracy. They will then look confused when people aren't using the service in droves, completely missing the point that customers are tired of being treated worse than pirates.
Nice idea... its gonna bomb because they are still much to obsessed with control.
We can all agree seeing a prisoner getting beheaded in a propaganda view is terrorist content.
We can all agree that depicting a leader as Gollum might be seen as terrorism by some, but not by many.
The problem is there is no clear line, because it is a murky area. Terrorism is the first go-to used by repressive regimes, for actions that many would consider free speech (ignoring that isn't provided for in that countries laws).
In the US, we have legislators who think showing an AG Corp. abusing animals & horrible practices that put the public at risk are terrorism.
Terrorism is becoming far to common place of a word, applied to every bad thing that happens. It no longer has the same impact it once had because it is used first & often to cover a wide myriad of things. Terrorism is in the eye of the beholder, even if a majority of people would disagree.
Being in the undesirable position of the final arbitrator just leaves Twitter stuck in having to take the blame for just trying to comply with all of the demands. Every decision will most likely offend someone as censorship, and given some governments massive online 'armies' how easily can Twitter just do what is demanded because of what appears to be massive outrage?
Twitter can't really show their work on a separate page like the Lumen database. Showing the reported tweets & the decisions made, and who made the request would still give actual terrorist content a platform & be used to garner support with sympathetic people.
There are still several bloggers contributing to Popehat. I believe part of the slowdown is how busy some of them are. Adam Steinbaugh (my boo) works for FIRE so that takes priority over contributing. Marc Randazza is busy translating more expletives into latin to slip into filings. (OHAI Marc) Via Angus is a bull on the run, so spotty net connection.
They are lawyers, and while we might want to read their takes on everything... they have people to represent to pay the bills.
There are several writers for TechDirt, and some of them we only see every 3rd new moon. People have lives & jobs and while TD is important to them, I doubt the secret checks from Google are making them rich.
The content owners who treated you like 4th class citizens not worth of attention for decades. The content owners who charge you extra because they still charge shipping fees on digital files. The content owners who lie about profits. The content owners who lie about losses. An entire industry built on lies & demanding more control.
Sure let them hold 3rd parties liable for things, and see how quickly those 3rd parties decide your island can fuck right off.
Not angry at the flat out lying. Not angry at the fake documents applying pressure on a target to just give up all hope.
But not angry enough to sanction this outrageous behavior.
Trying to pretend that an innocent person locked in a room and presented with tons of fake evidence won't decide that trying to get a plea is easier than fighting off the system that's already weighted against them? That someone innocent won't just fold and believe that the officers are just letting them know what they have so the target can make an easy choice to hurry this along.
And they still can't figure out why people trust cops and the legal system less and less.
Doubtful, if S|H worked with Guardaley (and in my mind they never did) it would have been a very short lived event.
They were far to interested in cash to share with anyone, and even had their infamous homebrew million dollar never wrong super secret tech serving up targets.
To crack Guardaley one needs to flip Lipscom or catch Chartier on a bad day when he is raging. But given the money flowing out of that unholy alliance its gonna take quite a bit. There are enough locals to pursue, but they only serve to insulate the cappos from little people and add another degree of separation for the dons of the scam.
If exposure to a peanut could kill you, you take steps to avoid it and carry an epipen. If exposure to X can hurt you, you do something.
Notice the image of the gif, see that play icon in the middle? If you have epilepsy and piss people off, you really have to be stupid to think no one will ever expose you to a flashing gif. There is plenty of history of this being done... and protecting yourself is a switch in twitter to not autoplay or an addon for browsers that stops gifs from running automatically.
IANAD (I am not a Doctor) but there has been talk that he might not suffer from the type of epilepsy that is triggered by flashing gifs.
Because we've NEVER seen someone double down on pissing in someones cheerios, and then run for cover when it gets real.
Assault with a deadly graphic. ARE YOU FSCKING KIDDING ME.
System seems bent on showing they are tough on the cyber, one can only hope that their high profile case collapses as the truth comes out.
Such high profile drama... what some people won't do to keep their name in the media.
So this means that these representatives are introducing a strict policy providing oversight of their corporate citizens, to make sure that they won't put profits over public safety right? Or they are just going to cash the "contribution" checks, convince the public this had to be done to stop eco-terrorists, while making sure their food isn't sourced from these companies because FSM knows how badly they manage the facilities.
How many lives was the check worth? This is what citizens need to ask legislators. There is plenty of history that the "free market" doesn't regulate itself until there is a bodycount & when public furor dies down those new self regulation plans get rolled aside.
Somehow the biggest supporters of this will manage to keep their jobs, despite the bodycount, because they will appeal to the fear of the people over imaginary things who will manage to accept that corporate profits mean sometimes little people need to die.
One wonders how much of the hatred is based in the logical fallacy that they MIGHT do something with the IP and don't want it harmed in the meantime.
They control the IP and completely ignore what seems to be robust demand, then bitch when people work around them as they take a few decades to figure out if they have clearances for the chip tunes.
Then there are the games that have changed hands so many times and the papers are molding in a warehouse because no one wants to bother to go through it... unless someone else might try to make a buck off of it. They they issue threats, without even knowing if they have the paperwork trying to kill off any development.
If only they didn't keep expanding the time people could own IP, we could hit a point where the games could be saved and given new life legally. Not having to be edited because the contract was missing the term "in the known universe forever" when acquiring the rights to use it in the game.
Perhaps it is time to demand that code & carts be submitted to be stored for the day when the public finally gains new additions to that public domain thing I've heard of but never seen.
"Claimant may not have been able to predict the precise trajectory of the law on utility" But they thought they had. If they didn't get their way, they would force the country to expend millions defending against imaginary losses. They got these lopsided rulings, and bought support from a nation where they dominate the market putting profits above lives.
They inflate prices and look for ways to maintain control, reaping the profits they claim are for new development... yet they are spending millions trying to recycle control of old drugs.
Countries are not supposed to be beholden to the fevered dreams of wealth of corporations and the fact that there is even a framework for ISDS should shame leadership. Corporations can demand payment for imaginary losses, where is the framework for a country to demand compensation from a company that put profit over citizens lives and demanding hundreds a pill for something that cost .02 to make?