I don't remember how I found techdirt, but most probably it's via either google or some site like arstechnica, which I started to follow because I'm a programmer. Well, and a nerd. Techdirt immediately caught my attention, because of the writing style and the types of stories you report on. You report on things I never ever will read in our local Dutch newspaper.
What I find interesting about techdirt is the insight it gives into some of the inner workings of usanian democracy (yes people I refuse to call it American because there's more to the American continent than the USA alone). Or lack of democracy, maybe, depending on how you look at it. It's immensely fascinating to read about "leftwing" and discovering that over here they would be rightwing. That difference in culture hooks me.
Yet, I rarely comment, mostly because others already said what I wanted to say. I do enjoy reading the comments however, seeing people discussing with eathother. I enjoy constructive discussion over silly flame wars.
Summarized, techdirt is fascinating for its storychoices. It gives an insight into what more and more seems to be an empire in decay, a country that wants to set the rules for the world to follow but itself wants to be above those rules. Yet, in that country people themselves are just like me. Maybe I secretly am an anthropologist :)
I am from the Netherlands, and this is entirely from the Buma/Stemra organization. The radio stations to whom the website links are actively cooperating in the apparent illegal linking, even up to the point to pro-actively sending out email notifications to all radio portals when the link to their stream changes. (or at least, that's what I understood from the verdict and the news surrounding it).
We don't get it either. But out hopes are set for the appeal.
I have to admit this article makes me think of my mother and grandmother, who taught me that it was _very_ impolite and intrusive to share one's telephone number without asking permission first. Despite the telephone number being listed in the yellow pages (or whatever colour your telephone book pages are).
I'm not really sure she's wrong. I guess I really need to think about this one. Which is a plus-one to techdirt of course. Making people think.
As far as I know it's mostly about the "right to make a mistake". The problem with not forgetting anything, is that your mistakes will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Even though you have learned from those mistakes.
Techdirt has not posted any stories submitted by blue skies.