Sadly, there's basically not one fact in this article that wouldn't be completely believable about the United States. We fabricate or plant physical evidence and hide exculpatory stuff all the time, that's just another day at work for many LEOs.
It's not remotely a leap to consider actively planting digital evidence, which can be even harder to refute. And given that the device is in the hands of the police, it would be easy for them to make sure no traces of the tampering remained before defense could get the device examined by an outside forensics expert.
"But the more important question right now is why would Congress be looking to give the Copyright Office more autonomy when it's quite clear that the Office has absolutely no competency when it comes to modernizing its system, and there has been a six-year pattern of throwing away money without a properly managed plan and a longstanding practice of lying about it to Congress itself?"
Sounds like Congress figured out they are perfectly suited to overseeing themselves, saving Congress the trouble of lacking all competency and then lying about it....
but why would an archival storage system for something that can by definition be considered evidence in legal cases allow people to log in and erase or alter that evidence?
Even with an audit trail (which is implied), this just seems like madness. Every frame of footage uploaded should be 100% protected. During any trial that happens, the two sides are of course allowed to pick and choose exactly the frames they want to present to support their case.....
If a worm were spread that permanently bricked every Philips smart light bulb it connected to, the public backlash against Philips would start some "serious" thinking about this stuff. The cost to the "innocent externals" would be a few bucks for a busted lightbulb, the cost to Philips would be a warning shot across their bow.
Maybe something akin to Jury Duty. Have a pool of arbitrators (possibly filled by the courts), and assign one randomly to each case as it is brought. That removes the direct financial incentive of the company being the one "hiring" the arbitrator, and the arbitrator needing to encourage future business.
Doing the math here, assuming each review had only one reviewer paid to do it, that's $750 - $100 = $650 per review. $650 x 920 scored papers = $598,000. Yet the company claims $20,000,000 in revenue last year?
Maybe the $750 is just an application fee, and there are many more demands for money afterward (like a FOIA fee of $5 per page to print the review?).
By the way, I notice that when you go to AT&T's webpage on the 150GB usage caps, there's a helpful link "how much is 150GB?". Instead of a small paragraph of text that takes a few hundred bytes, it's a 2-minute video that takes a couple of MB. So the answer is: "about 7500 of these videos".
To quote the EFF on this: "In other words, if a South Carolina inmate caused a riot, took three hostages, murdered them, stole their clothes, and then escaped, he could still wind up with fewer Level 1 offenses than an inmate who updated Facebook every day for two weeks."
While DRM is certainly responsible for this a lot of the time, sometimes it's good old-fashioned feature creep.
Example in point: iPod Nanos. I love my 5th gen nano, but the newer ones are twice the size and dropped half the useful simple things in an effort to cram more useless "spiffiness" into them. The result: used 5th gens sell for considerably more than new 6th gens on Ebay. When mine finally dies, I will go there to buy one rather than fork out $150 for a new one from Apple.
"If the agency expects to be entrusted with the data and communications of the world, it needs to be above reproach on every observable level."
Of course, there are two ways to accomplish this:
1) Actually be above reproach 2) Limit the number of observable levels
Technically Verizon wasn't throttling Netflix, they were throttling Level 3, which carries Netflix traffic. And congested peering ports aren't throttling, unless they are deliberately under-provisioned to the point where they cannot carry their designated load.
Link capacity of peering connections (as well as all other Network-with-a-capital-N connections) aren't just pulled out of a hat. Extremely large amounts of throughput analysis is done to understand the requirements of the link. It is extremely important to ISPs to be able to handle the required bandwidth.
This issue would have been spotted in 5 minutes by a junior engineer. Add the fact that it was fixed only after weeks of press shaming and the "payments" from Netflix means it was deliberately designed to extort such payments.
I say the way to combat this stupidity is to give the DHS exactly what they want. Let's see how they handle a few hundred thousand reports a day every day for the next year. Spun this way, every box of nails, every roll of duct tape, every bottle of bleach is a potential terrorist threat.
"When the gods want to punish us, they answer our prayers".
If you can't use basic defenses (like public domain), I wonder if someone could fight back by suing Malibu Media or whoever for defamation/libel? They are accusing you of a crime despite proof that you committed no crime, and doing it in public documents.