I would go further. The plaintiff must file in a court in the jurisdiction where the defendant has its headquarters and court costs are strictly on a loser pays system. If the plaintiff withdraws from or loses the case the defendant is compensated 150% of the total costs incurred to defend the case, of course this should be in addition to the reimbursement of their costs incurred in defending the case.
I think this will slow down the trolls and their trivial "patents".
There is absolutely no reason to need a court order! Just give the phone to Leroy Gibbs, he gives it to Abby Sciuto with instructions to crack it and approximately 20 minutes later she has the results for him - see, problem solved!
Australia does not have a Secretary of Defense (or in Queens English Defence), we have a Minister for Defence, just like the Minister for Health, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Trade etc. Now he may have some secretaries works for him but I very much doubt he/she/they are called secretaries of defen(c/s)e.
I must live in a backward country (my username should give it away), we have a law for just that purpose: Suborning Perjury - offering an inducement for a person to commit Perjury. It does not just apply to prosecutors, it is applicable to anyone who offers an inducement.
We also have another law that may be applicable: Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice. Of course if you are successful you can/will be charged with Perverting the Course of Justice
They do work! We convicted a retired State Supreme Court Justice on multiple counts of Perjury, Suborning Perjury and Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice. He got nailed speeding and then fought it in court, basically lying to the court and getting other witnesses to lie on his behalf, all over a $70 (I think) fine! From memory he got 12 months prison time. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
There was nothing bad about the series. The "problem" was that most of the remaining, major criminals involved in Victoria's underworld and drugs syndicates (approx 38-40 were killed) were on trial and the the court did not want the jurors to be influenced by the series.
Of course the series distorted the facts for "dramatic" reasons anyway.
The ban was useless. It was televised and sold everywhere else in Australia. I bought the series and mailed to my brother-in-law who lives in Melbourne. I really doubt I was the only person in Australia that did that or something similar.
the NSA and its defenders will keep blaming Ed Snowden.
But of course it is all Snowden's fault! If he hadn't shined the light on the National Spy Agency's hidden dirty laundry, the public would not know about any of this and the spying could carry on as usual
I don't ever worry about DRM (Digital Restrictions Manipulation), I just use the products from Slysoft.com (http://slysoft.com/en/). They don't care about all the DRM crap and every time some paranoid arsehole "invents" a new form of "screwing over the buyers/owners" Slysoft releases an update within a couple of days (usually this just involves an update to AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD - you only need one or the other, never both).
I can, and do, burn and/or rip copies of "protected" CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray disks without any problems. I get rid of all the irrelevant crap, warnings, threats, propaganda, multiple languages, regional coding etc so I have a clean copy and then make a backup copy of the clean copy. The original gets filed away in a cardboard box in the storage room, the clean copy goes into the original case and the copy gets played multiple times.
They are based in Antigua and consequently don't care about the monopolists or govt regulations, they just follow Antiguan law.
Strange, they are being chastised for adhering to the treaty everyone agreed to.
Nothing strange about it at all. The largest PAC of US business (that would be what is laughingly call the US government) is all for enforcing treaties/agreements etc when they are told to by big business, but totally ignore them for exactly the same reason!
Why should they even consider any new treaties?
They shouldn't. It is well past time that all countries negotiated acceptable agreements between themselves and not invite the US to participate of have any input. All it requires is for politicians around the world to grow a spine and tell the US they are not required or wanted. Of course the problem is finding the politicians that will do this.
I have sympathy for Chris Dodd. I mean how would you feel if you thought you had bought something (like a politician) and when you tried to use it for your own benefit at a later time found you had only bought a revokable, restricted licence?
The explanation is easy. He is a Liberal (that's the name of the Republicant er Conservative party in Australia) Party member and as such has no interest in facts and well reasoned arguments - ideology is everything. As for working for the people, he does - exactly the same "people" the US Republicant party works for!
He was not elected as Attorney General, he was elected to parliament (actually re-elected) and appointed as Attorney General by the Prime Minister - another big-mouthed, arrogant, arsehole Liberal Party politician.
As for ignoring the advice, that happens all the time. Ministers are required (under certain legislation) to seek advice/recommendations from numerous governmental or private bodies, but are totally free to ignore the advice/recommendations they receive.
In regard to his own ideas, this is not unusual, the Attorney General is a political appointment. The Attorney General is supposedly the "Chief Legal Officer" of the country and as such represents the government in court cases. Thank God we also have a Solicitor General (who is not a politician) to give the government legal advice.
A more fitting result would be for the company to have to pay all costs involved with getting the couple's credit rating fixed with each and every credit rating agency AND to pay compensation to the couple of $7,000 ($3,500 each) per day for every day from the day their crediting rating was destroyed to the day it is "undestroyed" at all agencies - example 2,000 days costs $14 million in compensation, the longer it takes, the more it costs KlearGear. Note the compensation is to the couple, the costs of repairing the ratings is paid to others and is not deductible from the compensation, it is an additional cost on KlearGear.