"Ulbricht's legal fate is ultimately no different than any 'dangerous Bronx drug dealer.'" I don't trhink so. If somebody in the Bronx got a sentence like this for drug dealing there would be a big stink.
You can wait all you want with your shifted argument, how fun. Publications have issued corrections numerous times.
This article is making a specific claim that other publications are struggling holding onto readers due to some minor errors. My counterclaim is techdirt itself has reported entirely incorrect facts and with complete lack of editorial diligence. It would be absurd to suggest techdirt is losing readers due to these types of oversights.
In several of the articles, only the headline or minor text is misconstrued to be taken as incorrect, but the entire article in context mentions the license fees or the fact that it isn't "free" but that it has fees. Or that they refer to Tesla as a model for this type of patent-giving. That isn't altogether incorrect. Tesla "modeled" their "giving patents away" like other companies have done.
This article reads like we should be upset by this style of minor error reporting.
Re: Re: When Microsoft stops using mega-DRM, I'll believe that it doesn't work.
A few gems from that one:
“Most people in the gaming industry were convinced that the first version of the game to be pirated would be the GOG version (as it was DRM-free), while in the end it was the retail version, which shipped with DRM,” notes GOG.com’s Managing Director, Guillaume Rambourg.
The DRM not only wasn't effective, being cracked in short order, it apparently acted as incentive to get people to crack and post the game, despite a DRM free copy being available elsewhere. That goes beyond useless straight into counterproductive.
"First of all let me dispel the myth about DRM protecting anything. The truth is it does not work. It’s as simple as that. The technology which is supposed to protect games against illegal copying is cracked within hours of the release of every single game. So, that’s wasted money and development just to implement it. But that’s not the worst part. DRM, in most cases, requires users to enter serial numbers, validate his or her machine, and be connected to the Internet while they authenticate – and possibly even when they play the game they bought. Quite often the DRM slows the game down, as the wrapper around the executable file is constantly checking if the game is being legally used or not. That is a lot the legal users have to put up with, while the illegal users who downloaded the pirated version have a clean–and way more functional!–game. It seems crazy, but that’s how it really works. So if you are asking me how do I see the future of DRM in games, well, I do not see any future for DRM at all."
Probably the best summary and description of DRM and how it affects people I've yet seen. Useless, and punishes only paying customers pretty much nails it.
(Lest we forget – and I never get tired of this fact – the RIAA, in its case against LimeWire, originally estimated the losses caused by file sharers using the service as up to $75 trillion – that is, more money than exists in the world).
Showing yet again why the 'Piracy costs us billions of dollars each day!' claims should never be taken at face value.
bloody ridiculous! no way should he have received something like this for a sentence! when you consider what he did in relation to what the head of a security agency recently did and the harm that could have come from what he did, getting him a sentence lighter than someone gets for shop lifting, it's totally out of proportion! i can only assume the judge had been well briefed by the DoJ as to what way to read all evidence and what punishment should accompany each charge, otherwise he would have gotten 10 years with time off for good behavior!
Ross Ulbricht, who created and ran a marketplace to sell illegal drugs, is sentenced to two life sentences, along with "max sentences on all other charges", and is held personally responsible for every single sale made.
Large banks, who launder money for drug cartels, aren't prosecuted at all, because the government sees them as 'too big to prosecute', and the potential economic harm too large should they do so.
Other than one of the people involved in leaking the details of it, not a single person in the US involved in the kidnapping, torture, and at times murder of enemy combatants and even civilians has faced any charges at all, without even an investigation into a single one of them.
So, to sum up:
Operate a marketplace where illegal drugs are sold: Two life sentences, held financially personally responsible for each and every sale.
Launder money for drug sellers: No investigation, no charges brought.
Order or perform the kidnapping, torture, and murder of prisoners and/or civilians: No investigation, no charges brought.
As the US 'justice' system, truly an icon of fair treatment for all, no matter their crime, position, or the size of their bank account. /s
It used to be that people's worship of their deity had to be filtered through priests, and their "Holy Book" was written in a language zealously hoarded by said priests.
Today, lawyers serve the same function, or have managed to insinuate themselves into said function on Earthly planes of existence. It's a bit comical that the legal profession is still using that same zealously hoarded language the priests used for pretty much the same effect (locking out laymen from their sinecures enabling horrifically expensive "services" on their part). What a racket!
It was clearcut and the company began these things in 2006, so up to today, that is 9 years of getting the revenue from something they shouldn't have. Oh, it was at least a billion dollar selling drug, so that is at least 9 billion in revenue.
Production costs are typically less than 1%, so year, the $1.2 billion fine is a cost of doing business.