I just like pointing out the designers demanding their designs be given copyright think nothing of 'stealing' others designs. Copyright is an amazing thing if you are in the vaunted rightsholder side, where it does nothing but benefit you, forces others to pay your way, and allows you to crush anyone who might challenge your imagined position.
And the problem is, and has been for quite a while, that copyright has become the ultimate weapon.
Why innovate and offer the best cheerleading uniforms, when you can just drive the competition out by locking up shapes.
Why think that regular people deserve the right to tinker and make their own things, when a company can successfully lock up shapes, colors, etc. and wait until they decide they can profit by doing something with them (or just lurk in the shadows to pounce on someone who does it themselves).
Colin has his own prosthetic, and in creating it might make a better mousetrap. Rather than lock it away, they make it available to everyone to use in their own designs. People actually using things, are much better at figuring out what they need and what works best. Everyone is different and while we are a little ways from the days of everyone gets a hook, many of the easily available prosthetics are cookie cutters where the uses fit most. You could try to get a custom thing, if you won the lottery. Or you could assemble a series of objects to get the parts that work best for you and if it breaks you aren't forced to pay for a whole new one, just replace the bunk part.
It can be. BadUSB works on screwing with the firmware so just plugging it in can own the machine. There is no way to see whats happening when you plug the drive in, and if you don't watch closely you might miss "extra" drivers being added.
I think the problem is, until we excise all of the gangrenous portions we can't try to rebuild.
The problem in trying to rebuild, will be all of the good intentions people will try to squeeze in.
I think if we fix the glaring problems, add serious teeth to the rules, we have a fairly robust system. Prosecutor gets nailed for a Brady violation, why are they still employed? Cop lies, Cop finds new job with a big black mark that they lie.
Judges should be required to have some understanding of the things they are ruling on. Far to often we see shitty outcomes in cases where some 'ancient' judge who insists everything be on paper & not electronic finds a way to twist a ruling into a pretzel because they don't like the law they should be applying.
We need to demand that the whole we have to keep all of this secret to protect you BS is put to an end. It is a sham of Justice, that merely serves those who can't meet the burdens in real courts.
Parallel construction should never be acceptable. To violate any alleged protections citizens have, and then build a fantasy way to explain how they obtained it to hide the actual source seems to be an affront to Justice.
But then we let court officers lie with no downside, Judges refuse to shame prosecutors who violate the law in order to secure a conviction against someone they knew was innocent, they throw out all the rules to get the bad guy and when caught they dismiss cases rather than admit what they are doing is wrong.
This isn't how the legal system is supposed to work, and its looking like the rot has spread to far for us to save it. No bandaid is going to fix this, we need to cut out the bad parts to save the system.
Justice is what we say it is. The courts have decided we have final say on evidence that can be used. So what if we have a video of you in another state at the time of the murder, we decided you are guilty and have allocated resources to this case. We can't back down now, otherwise criminals might get ideas. So what if we lock up innocent people, we're never going to face charges or have to clean up the mess.
At this point, I think it is just a plot to keep cases in courts to forestall any other acronym agency from swooping in on them. If the IRS were to pounce now that would be screaming about how they were harmed and not getting a fair day in court, so keep filing fluff, rely on appeals taking years to be ruled on, while the money stays in limbo not existing while keeping their lifestyles afloat.
It is sad to see how quickly courts threw citizens to these wolves, but now we have to make sure the wolves actually ate the citizens we threw to them.
We busily built a case against some guy in Poland because his actions, we are told, harmed hollywood. Meanwhile police officers are still shooting people & not having to file reports with us as required by law.
Part of it is probably the thinking of we can't change the release windows we have set. The other part might be the fear that because they haven't ramped up to cover those areas yet people will end up with more server lagging and anger over the game not working right.
Consumers are not very rational, and if they could get their hands on the game they expect it to work. Given how rapidly the game took the worlds attention span online, one would hope they are scrambling to get worldwide up and running ASAP rather than trying to stay the course and keep issuing takedowns that won't accomplish much.
So in other words this is a bill to make the RightsCorp model profitable.
You will send our threat letters disguised as DMCA notices or you will pay us 15K each time. You will turn over names so we can harass them easier, and try to leverage you being required to help to remove having to pay you for doing the lookups.
$150K is scary, but it is laughable... but $15K can represent more than half of someones income. Nothing like destroying people on nothing more than a snapshot of an ip address.
We can get discovery by burying the panel in BS, then troll through all of their data and if we can find anything (our or not) we can say they must be guilty and have it stick.
There is no right to getting your costs established yet, so we don't have to do our typical cut and run case management. We can keep this going for as long as we like, and bother you until you decide its cheaper to pay us instead of a lawyer.
I can see 3 amendments I'd like to see... 1 - fixing the damages for bad DMCA notices & more penalties for repeating the behavior.
2 - capping the award of "damages" in these cases at 2x retail. $15k for a shitty movie you can buy on Amazon for $1 seems like a windfall for those holding the rights to craptastic films, especially if there is no cap to the number of times they can get cash. The filmed for $50K flop, makes $500 at retail yet gets $300K in settlements in the first year.
3 - if they are involved in a honey pot scheme (looking at the 14 names for a single German company behind 99% of copyright cases) the copyright gets cancelled & any money taken in has to be returned with interest. Creating the incidents to profit from has/can/will be done as long as there is no downside.
Removing the ability to get windfalls, might encourage them to service the market better rather than cling to a zombie business model they keep alive with stupid laws.
Re: How can it be orphaned if others want to make it?
The disease was orphaned by the drug industry. The total income would never recoup the advertising budget & development, so they don't bother looking.
So now a company went searching for one of those diseases to get their best seller approved to treat (something they never looked at until their billions might stop flowing) and then make moves to lock up 7 more years of being the only game in town. The R&D and the advertising budget was recouped long ago, and they have made huge profits... that they couldn't be bothered to use to find a treatment for a disease, they just want to cling to this one for as long as possible.
"Worse, some of Islam's swatting efforts and cyberstalking occurred while he was "cooperating" with federal prosecutors"
And how quickly were they made ex-prosecutors? Unable to supervise an asset, allowing more crime to happen, ignoring the actions....
Unless this doxing idiot knew where Bin Laden was, what could he have possibly offered to make looking away as he kept dicking around worth it? Or perhaps he used his made skillz to convince them he had super good intel to share, and they didn;t bother to check if he was full of shit or not.