I wish the newspapers in my semi-rural market would get the message. I stopped using their sites when they started charging after letting you see just a few stories per month, but there are not many alternatives for local news here. The TV station websites do have some news, but it is more regional.
Come to think of it, if they did take down their paywalls, I wouldn't know it, because I never visit their sites any more.
"Oh, and Sosa is now back to offering his 3d printed shark for sale..." I believe the mastermind Sosa is really pulling the strings behind all this, to raise awareness of his product. I had never heard of Left Shark before reading about it on techdirt, but I am all for anything to stick it to the entertainment industry as a whole and their lawyers in particular. Now take my money, Sosa!!
I don't have a beef with the entertainers themselves (well, maybe with Kanye West, but then again he is not entertaining). I don't believe that the Katy Perrys and Taylor Swifts out there are truly behind these incidents. other than maybe saying "OK" when their representation says "Hey, we can make us you more money if we do this."
I'm thinking about posting the original on a forum I frequent with a few members who will argue vehemently over anything, then sit back and watch the fireworks. Eventually I'll link to this article as well.
I like the idea i read a while back (somewhere on techdirt, I believe) of Microsoft, Apple, and Google buying up the major music labels and then withdrawing them from the RIAA, since even their own self-serving interests are more in line with consumer interests than the interests of the labels. Then once the music labels are dealt with, focus on hollywood/MPAA!
I really think that many non-tech people equate the two. My mom will say "Let's Google it", then use the default Bing search without seeing any irony. A work associate was compaining that her "Google bill" went up; after asking her what she was paying Google for I finally determined that she meant her ISP. She has never heard of Google+, but regularly uses Facebook. She has Hotmail but not Gmail. And she had no clue that Google owns Youtube. So maybe when Fithian says "Google made its point", he really is saying "the internet made its point."
But then again "the internet" do not have deep pockets for him to plunder like Google does, so he has to say "Google" even if he knows the difference.
Sorry for any semantic satiation from reading the word "Google" 10 times in one post.
Those thieving pirates stole my idea right out of my head. I thought of this months ago for my hometown, but just because I never bothered to figure out how to implement it or find someone to collaborate with who could implement it is no excuse. Someone owes me! I now no longer have this idea and will suffer grievous financial distress.