Of the millions of CenturyLink High-Speed Internet customers, a very small fraction has exceeded the download usage limits provided with their monthly plan. It is for this reason that CenturyLink has made the decision to place download limits on residential plans.
We threw the baby out with the bathwater because someone peed in your neighbor's pool.
It’s pretty egregious for a corporation to try to bully a news organization into deep-sixing comments from its own readers. I laughed at this, literally. Not to say Gawker takes part in what I'm about to do, but my Magic Internet Pencil™ has to be used:
It’s pretty egregious for a news corporation to try to bully a news organization into deep-sixing comments from its own readers. All I did was add one word, and damn, how perfect it fits other articles by Techdirt where news sites are trashing their own comments.
Yeah. Nothing says customer appreciation like Apple's "You're $700 phone is now a piece of shit because we think you had it repaired at a service center where we don't get a cut." response to affected phones.
pecifically the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, are both designed specifically with ways for gamers to record gameplay and share those recordings. Okay, now that the tears have stopped flowing from laughing so hard, time to get down to business.
In what damn planet does a person reside to believe the XBox One was specifically designed to record gameplay and share those recordings?
First up, as an XBox One owner, the actual mechanism to record the video is clearly an after thought, where a bunch of brain-dead designers sat in a room and asked the question "Of all the console buttons we have, how should we make it the most annoying to record video or take a screenshot?"
For you non-owners of the 30% App Cut One, the answer is by double clicking the controller's power button quickly, then quickly using the D-pad to select either video or screenshot.
In case you don't understand why quickly was emphasized, the next time you play a game on any console and hit the controller's start button and note what happens to the game. Better yet: the game pauses, as it should. Thus, if you don't quickly make your options, your video consists of the gorram pause screen.
Moving onto the other asinine statement is the upload content provider we're forced to deal with, and trust me when I say this, I'm not alone to say THE CONTENT PROVIDER FUCKING SUCKS.
That provider is Twitch, and the name should ring a bell to fellow Techdirt readers, because this is the same content provider who strips music from video uploads, because all that time you took to edit your finely produced and edited video (now that you can truncate the pause screen) is cut by Twitch.
In fact, the entire ability is clearly a "We hate the idea of gamers sharing" that people can't even use their own music for their videos (though I could clearly see how this could be "abused", despite the effect having the "Wow! Great song! Who made it?").
I also enjoy Wil's commentary about all things digital, but I also get the feeling behind his words is a flock of lawyers who guide him on what he can and should say.
Because you can bet your ass one day, someone will see Wil playing a board game and take the video down.
If this never happens, the next obvious remark would be "How much did you get paid for this cleverly disguised advertising"?
That's the bullshit world we live in, and despite Techdirt's repeated articles of how it's clearly getting worse, Wil's practices are now an instructional video on what NOT to do, especially on a media that can reach billions around the world.
You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).
Tip: This license is you authorizing us to make your Tweets on the Twitter Services available to the rest of the world and to let others do the same."
... is to know people waive their rights when using third party services, so any threats of "infringement" can be laughed off with a cocktail made of the tears streaming from the "victim".
One day, we can only hope these morons get to the point there will be no more resolution to the disputes, so that everyone is out of options: -Hollywood can't distribute their tired wares -Cable can't charge for shows it doesn't have
But the most important...
-Customers will finally have no choice but to give up their cable subscription, and help usher in the new way to receive content: digital streaming.
There's no doubt that Disney and ESPN will eventually figure things out and balance the need for innovation with their desire to protect their existing businesses... Indeed. Here's what that plan will look like:
WARNING - NSA DIRECTIVE - WATCHING THIS COPYRIGHT MATERIAL WITHOUT A CABLE SUBSCRIPTION IS ILLEGAL UNDER THE US COPYRIGHT ACT OF 2022, SECTION 909, ARTICLE 1.
VIOLATORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO ASSET FORFEITURE BASED ON ACCUSATION BY DISNEY OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES. TOTAL ASSET FORFEITURE VALUE WILL NOT BE LESS THAN $500,000.
BY VIEWING THIS COPYRIGHTED WORKS, ALL LEGAL RECOURSE IS WAIVED AND ANY DISPUTES MUST BE SETTLED THROUGH ARBITRATION.
Of course, it'll be unskippable and last 22 minutes.
...but it's a temporary hiccup on the path toward Netflix's eventual goal: uniform, consistent content licensing that looks the same in every country...
*pulls out the Magical Editing Internet Pencil™
...but it's a temporary hiccup on the path toward Netflix's eventual goal: owning 100% of its own content while flipping off Hollywood's RICO law breaking tactics, known as licensing, to deliver what people actually want to see...