The estate has absolutely no reason not to grab at any possible source of control/licensing, and every reason to do so. Think about it, if Sherlock Holmes enters the public domain, such that anyone can use him or incorporate him into new works or build off of the stories, without having to pay or ask permission from the estate, the estate is screwed.
That's the only source of money for those parasites, so of course they're going to do everything in their power to maintain what control over it they can manage, the only other alternative is to be forced to find real work, instead of leeching off of the works of a corpse.
“Rightscorp had a history of interactions with Cox in which Rightscorp offered Cox a share of the settlement revenue stream in return for Cox’s cooperation in transmitting extortionate letters to Cox’s customers. Cox rebuffed Rightscorp’s approach,” Cox informs the court.
That, right there, should have been a huge red flag for the judge, and made it abundantly clear that Rightscorp isn't in it for the 'protection of copyrights', but only for the money. "We'll give you a cut of the profits if you cooperate" makes it abundantly clear that their goal is to get paid, not stop infringement(if anything they would want more infringement to occur, not less, as it means more chances to shake people down).
Not to mention, buying customer information like that? Yeah, that too should have set off warning signals left and right, which makes it all the more disappointing that the judge seems to have at least partially bought their crap argument in the hilariously mistaken belief that Rightscorp has any interest whatsoever in bringing anyone to court with the information they receive.
This is an improvement, but Infringex really should stop insinuating its services are on par with actual legal services provided by actual law officers, or that its documents have any legal basis whatsoever.
If they did that, made it clear, both to prospective clients and the recipients of the 'requests' they send out, that their service holds absolutely zero legal weight, then their entire business would collapse.
They are banking, hard, on the fact that most people will assume that their letters do have legal weight, due to their appearance and the language they toss in them. Take that away and all they're sending are threatening but not legally binding letters, and their prospective clients can send those on their own if they really wanted to.
As such I wouldn't expect them to clear up the 'confusion' any time soon, it's quite intentional, and a core part of their 'business model'.
You don't have to be able to see the future to see how this will go.
Patent trolls already do everything they can to drop a case the second it looks like it might actually go to court(any court other than East Texas ones anyway), in large part to avoid having their junk patents ruled invalid, this will just give them one more reason to do so.
"We urge all voting senators and congressmen to reject the amendment added by Mr. Menendez. Human trafficking is bad, there is no doubt, but far worse would be not passing TPP, which stands to benefit the citizens in all the signatory counties. You know, everyone except for the slaves."
'White House comes out in favor of modern day slavery', the headlines would practically write themselves, if the press had the guts to write it.
I'm not too sure how much of that you can actually blame the theaters for. They charge obscene amounts for 'snacks' for example not because they're greedy, but because they get pretty much nothing from the films themselves, and those 'snacks' are pretty much the only thing keeping them in business.
While I imagine they would like to make the experience better, to draw in more customers, when they're already having trouble even breaking even, they may simply not have the money to burn trying to make the experience more customer friendly.
Not a chance, with how well bought out both parties are, there is no way they'd risk future 'donations' by shooting down the thing if it came to a vote. The only ones thinking about the public are the ones refusing to vote in favor of TPP, every single one voting in favor are thinking only of the money they stand to gain.
As for what they have to gain? Keeping their owners happy. They know who stands to gain most from the 'trade' agreements(hint: not the public), and they don't want to make any moves suggesting that the ones paying them might have made a poor 'investment' in case it affects future bri- I mean 'donations'.
There's an attempt being made here to paint the government as no worse (and possibly even better) than private companies' data harvesting efforts, albeit by way of omission rather than by comparison.
Notably omitted by any that try and spin government data harvesting as no different than corporate data harvesting: Corporations can't jail or kill you based upon the data they gather, nor can they add you to lists capable of seriously screwing with your life in various ways.
If a company like Amazon draws the wrong conclusions based upon your buying and/or browsing history, the most you're likely to deal with is some ads for stuff you have no interest in. If the government draws the wrong conclusion from the data they grab, you're likely to be looking at much worse repercussions as a result.
Really, would it have been that hard for them to just admit, "This job is too difficult, I can't do it, get someone to replace me"? Going through all the hassle of voting for a bill admitting that they can't, or won't, do their jobs just seems like wasted energy when a simple statement would have done the job.
Re: "not sharing consumer data with third parties without the explicit consent of consumers"
Please, explain if you will how Google, which is a search/advertising company, falls under the same rules being imposed on ISP's. Now, Google Fiber would fall under the rules, sure, but the majority of Google's services would not.
Why Is The Attorney General Making Claims About PATRIOT Act That Her Own Agency's Report Says Are Not True?
Because she knows no-one has the guts or courage to call her on it. When you know you can say anything, even blatantly wrong things, and no-one will point out that you're either lying or ill-informed, why not lie to your heart's content?
Don't you see, the weapons they are developing and deploying aren't missiles and jets and whatnot, no, the NK government has moved past them and into the realm of humor as a weapon.
Their efforts in showing off their Photoshop skills(or lack thereof) aren't meant to show off weapons they don't have, they are the weapons.
No weapon is perfect at first, and as such it makes sense for these early attempts to be only chuckle worthy, but once they make the breakthrough, and truly grasp the essence of humor(something NK is famous for, as I'm sure you all know) then other, more primitive countries who are still reliant on physical weapons will undoubtedly be brought to their knees in tears of laughter, leaving them wide open for conquest.
The only purpose this document serves is to give legislative true believers something to wave around as they defend the Patriot Act's perpetual, unaltered renewal.
If they do try and use this heavily redacted document to defend the mass spying, someone needs to bring up the various reports and findings regarding said spying, in particular the bits that found them not only illegal/unconstitutional, but the fact that despite claims to the contrary they've been shown to be completely and utterly useless at their stated purpose.
To operate under such a twisted interpretation displays an almost incomprehensible level of privilege -- where government agents are owed whatever they request and any failure to cooperate is treated with suspicion.
That, unfortunately, is pretty much exactly the mindset for the police, and large portions of the government. They believe that they are the 'good guys', and since only 'bad guys' would ever oppose them, anything other than immediate surrender or acceptance of their demands is seen as suspicious behavior and/or evidence of guilt. The idea that they might be wrong, or not the 'good guys', and therefore not justified in their actions never even crosses their minds.
Why does any country continue to be so incredibly stupid as to sign anything with the USG?
Really, I understand, in negotiations both sides are focused on one thing only: getting the best deal for them. But no-one, bar none, is so willing to screw over their 'partners' than the USG, and other countries ignore this at their own risk.
(Also, as if we really needed yet another reason that these 'trade' agreements need to die...)