Agreed. Along with such anti-slapp laws the US needs to shift the financial burden to the loser of a lawsuit. While said lawsuit is going the Government must pay for all costs and then the loser pays. This would fix the most troubling things in the justice system.
Re: Re: Advertising supported radio and television has always been on verge of collapse.
Like the prior "Copia" article, you're taking credit for the success of copyright industries in defending their content to mean that piracy can be unlimited yet production of content will go on.
You lack fundamental reading comprehension. Severely. It shows with supporting data and evidence that anti-piracy efforts had very limited reach. The availability of legal, affordable and easy-to-use services did tackle piracy by a large margin.
Actually, piracy has been limited -- higher than wanted, sure, but limited.
Actually no. You only see the tip of the iceberg in the data. Taking me as an example, I often download tons of stuff my friends, relatives ask me. The offline trade is much bigger than your petty industry can even imagine. And you can do absolutely nothing about it. Which is why said legal, affordable and easy to use services are so important, they tacke even that offline piracy.
Actually, it's totally relevant, makes content possible in first place.
No. It's been proven that content does not need copyright to be created and, in fact, copyright may be actually a burden that prevents creation. The internet enabled creation of awesome content. Youtube, Kickstarter, online distribution systems along with more affordable technology is what enables more output, not copyright. The great majority of new stuff I see nowadays is there DESPITE copyright.
Re: Advertising supported radio and television has always been on verge of collapse.
But I don't see Netflix -- or any other direct paying -- working, either, when piracy isn't suppressed. Already, anyone can rip Netflix content and pass it on to unlimited others.
Go see a doctor then. Content was always easily available and Netflix slashed piracy. And they recognize their competition in that front. But there is another competitor that will cause much more damage than piracy ever will: the MAFIAA itself with its greed charging unreasonable rates for their content. Which is why Netflix decided to start producing their own stuff. The only err Netflix is making here is that they are not making said content available for other platforms as well.
If that's let become the norm, then it can't possibly work.
It is the norm for years now. And it's still working. Because piracy also act as an enabler and free advertising.
Therefore, one must conclude that copyright is the practical system for ensuring supply of content, and is more important now that gadgets make copying easier than ever.
Water extinguished the fire. Therefore one must conclude that throwing gasoline in the fire is the best way to extinguish it. (At least this conclusion seems more reasonable than yours)
Re: Since when is requiring people to pay a pittance for goods a "stick"? That's basic free market.
You were fast in twisting the facts to your delusional world eh?
Read the article again, sloooooowly. It says pretty clearly (unless you can't understand English and it seems you can't) that when services started offering stuff people want for an affordable price and in an easy interface they decided to pay for those services even though they could still have everything for free.
So, dear mentally handicapped troll, these services are CLEARLY competing with free. But you won't let the FACTS get to you, right, right?
I have yet to read it but the things pointed out in this article about the results are nothing we don't know by heart now, unless you are in the entertainment industry payroll of course. Nobody is asking for the impossible from the MAFIAA, we are just asking easy access for affordable prices. I'm willing to bet that the only stuff that are pirated a lot today are exactly the stuff the MAFIAA stubbornly decided to restrict access through available services in Sweden. History says I'd be right.
Vaccines work generally but I personally have serious doubts about these flu ones. First because they usually fail to tackle newer virus strains and second because they generate powerful collateral symptoms that are way too common (I've become very sick twice now). Of course many things could be done to improve them such as increasing development speed (as one of the bullets point out in the article) and developing them locally. An American vaccine developed for American conditions will not work that well in Australia for instance.
As disturbing this is, the truly horrific aspect of the "citizen score" is that it can be influenced by friends and family members.
Remember in North Korea the whole family of someone the government doesn't like gets screwed. You know, bad genetics or something. It is amusing that a big chunk of the world condemns North Korea e Co but can't stop doing business with China who does basically the same thing but glosses it with tight media control and a whole load of money. I would guess that the average Pyongyang citizen also doesn't see any problem there and actually likes the government. Propaganda does wonders, the West knows it well.