It would be interesting to require Ms. Kelly to produce all the contracts and agreements granting interviewers and media outlets permission to use Gene's (so-called) IP... after all, without these, none of his words could ever have seen the light of day.
What's that? No responsive documents? Wonder why...
And let's not forget that a frequent deployment method is aerial... a small plane circles a targeted area for hours and hours. So... add fuel and airframe charges to the Stingray cost. And something for that agency pilot, who's not really drawing anywhere near the minimum wage.
I heard a small plane circling my northern NJ town last week, which is unusual; and thanks to Flightradar24, confirmed not only that it had been there for hours, parked several thousand feet above the very busy Newark approach, but that it was a Cessna 172 known to be registered to a bogus FBI shell corporation. Busy day, too... I spotted two more active FBI spook planes circling Long Island and central Jersey.
Wish they'd stop... if this keeps up, I'll need a bigger roll of heavy-duty Reynolds Wrap for hat-making...
"And, of course, having Congress get involved just makes Congress look like a joke."
This is the real crux of the story. Someone made an unsubstantiated claim... not news, happens every day -- sometimes hourly.
But it's laughable -- no, make that sad -- that the same crumb of innuendo, so clearly unsubstantiated, can cause Sen. Thune and his caped crusaders to swing into action, something they clearly can't manage in the name of passing legislation or, I don't know, approving a Surpreme Court nominee. Stand and deliver, Facebook... respond to those rumors tout de suite or risk contempt of Congress charges.
Rep. Blackburn of Tennessee..., oh, yes, of course! That's the state that keeps the Internet free by outlawing municipal broadband. Natch. It's important to protect jobs, especially those of the cable lobbyists who feather Representatives' nests.
Seems like everybody... including Hollywood Reporter... really wants to rename Judge Kenney; must be that ever-popular Kennedy name - real star power! But the docs say Kenney, and rubber stamps don't lie.
And regarding the Dickens example... that's the whole point: The fly-by-nighters were illegally selling exact copies of his complete work -- that's what was covered by copyright, and that's why it was illegal. If they were selling a new work in which Ebenezer Scrooge flew the Cratchits to the south of France for a holiday -- even if it were clearly derivative -- that wouldn't have violated copyright.