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  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 8:53pm

    Outright theft

    This looks to me like these ContentId takeovers, by parties like DrewMCGoo72, are outright appropriation of copyrighted material: both proceeds and rights. As such, it seems to me it should be subject to the $150,000 per song penalty for copyright theft.

    And Horus Music is a willing accomplice. So why aren't they being sued for, say, $150 million for aiding and abetting copyright theft of each 1,000 songs?

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 1:54pm


    You mean bribes←←←←←←...never mind, you're right. Campaign contributions.

    But I don't think there's enough in it for us.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 11:40am

    We should at least be paid

    I think USTR should charge a flat $250 million per seat for corporate representatives to take part in trade treaty negotiations. (EU should do the same.)

    Given all the influence they have in the process and the protection they receive, companies should have to pay for the right to impose their dictatorial desires on the rest of us. The massive profit these treaties simply hand over to these sovereign corporations makes a fee like this mere pocket change; even if it is more than those corporations will ever pay in taxes.

  • Aug 26th, 2015 @ 11:43am

    Intelligence black hole

    I doubt if they tell any significant number of people. It's right there, stated boldly in their exceptions:

    d. Any attempt to warn the intended victim would unduly endanger U.S. government personnel, sources, methods, intelligence operations, or defense operations[.]
    Now let's see. They can't tell you:

    * If you're on the do not fly list, because that would endanger sources, methods and intelligence operations.
    * Why they're recording all the phone metadata, because that would endanger sources, methods and intelligence operations.
    * How they interpret the law, because that would endanger sources, methods and intelligence operations.
    * How many NSL letters they issued, because that would endanger sources, methods and intelligence operations.

    I could go on, but what's the point. The thing that really matters is: "We cannot reveal [anything], because that would endanger sources, methods and intelligence operations."

    Now here they are, maintaining they warn people of impending attacks, patting themselves on the backs, implying that doing this does not endanger sources, methods and intelligence operations. Nonsense. Because when I wrote that fill-in-the-blank "[anything]" above, I meant it. The intelligence agencies are like black holes: Information falls in, never to be seen again.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 @ 7:00pm

    Funny Court Pictures

    Now I know what is meant by "contrived argument."

    The court opines that Bell meant (admitted that he meant) the rap verses to get back to the school, but that is a read herring. Suppose Bell had published this the day after his final departure from school: What would have happened then? Charge him with a crime, "Because we can't suspend him anymore." Any such case--and the prosecutor that brought it--would be thrown out of court so fast the prosecutor's hair would smoke. Would it truly offer less disruption to the school in that case? (Of course not.)

    Which leads to the worst part of the argument, their remarkable conclusion that Bell's rap contained extremely violent imagery, which, "threatened, harassed, and intimidated school employees." But only a moron could conclude that the piece actually constituted a serious threat...even if they were unfamiliar with rap, in which such imagery is staple. If we busted everyone who said, "I'm going to kill [that moron]," who would feed the prisoners? Without a meaningful threat, where is the intimidation?

    Does the rap offer a potential for disruption? Darn right: having your coaches accused of overt racism, sexism, probable sexual abuse and use of illegal drugs does indeed have a potential to disrupt the school. Of course, with that, we see what this is really about: the coaches must be a winning coaches. Just like we saw in the Sandusky scandal, anything goes so long as a coach is winning; apparently even an Appeals court must bow and scrape before a winning coach.

    Taken on whole, the only thing I can say about this (as I exercise my rapidly evaporating Right to Free Speech) is that: The Fifth Circuit group picture sure must look funny with that many judges having their heads shoved that far up their own asses.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 @ 11:52am

    Suggestion for an approach

    This will never go anywhere. Companies will simply whine that, "It's too hard to overcome piracy if we have to ensure everything we take down is actually ours." Congress will give in to the whine.

    What Congress might go for is more of a proof-of-ill-intent. Errors will happen, yes, but if your erroneous executed take-downs exceed 2.5% of your executed requests during any one month period, you should become subject to penalties of $100 to $5,000 per improper take-down, depending on malice.

    ($100 per patient data exposure per day is what HIPAA uses, and believe me, we do pay attention to that. Expose 1000 patients for a 30 day period and that adds up to $3 million.)

  • Aug 21st, 2015 @ 8:43pm

    (untitled comment)

    Why this hasn't resulted in a permanent pink slip...

    They obviously have a highly-placed friend in government.

    I also doubt they'll actually "pay" that $30 million. It's much more likely the bills will simply be padded to make up the difference.

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 6:18pm

    God forbids

    God forbid they should negotiate with ITV, in good faith, to avoid a trip to the tribunal.

    God forbid they should reduce stockholder dividends to pay for a trip to the tribunal.

    God forbid they should reduce the CEO's massive salary to pay for a trip to the tribunal.

    God forbid they should actually represent the artists they claim to represent.

    With all that forbidding by God, all that's left is to cut the artists' share.

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 5:38pm


    [...] it appears he's [Bush is] not even familiar with the details of any debate [...]

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 5:34pm

    Xerox service rates

    I don't know where you got that service rate, but this "US service rate sheet (PDF)" says the rate is:

    $416 for the first half hour
    $76 for each additional 15 minutes

    So I think it'll cost you $416 to get your printer unlocked. (New printer time.)

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 5:20pm

    Guidelines? Guidelines?!

    We don't need no steenking guidelines.

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 5:18pm

    But it's sooooooo hard!

    Pigs is Pigs. A gun is a gun.

    You can't expect bureaucrats to make these hard distinctions.

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 5:09pm

    Stop shooting people.

    Nice not-so-subtle message; translation: "Stop shooting people."

    But why does it have to be couched in riddles? Why are all of our lawmakers incapable of just saying it outright? It's easy: "Stop shooting people."

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 5:00pm

    I hit you in the face last week, but I'm not hitting you now, no problem

    I hate how the courts are dodging around what was probably literally trillions of violations of civil rights. Look at the theory here, by HRW, government and court:

    It's like the victim argues, "You're hitting me in the face now, and I want you to stop." The perp responds, "I might have hit you in the face last month, but you have no actual proof I'm hitting you in the face right now." Then the oh-so-helpful court responds, "Since the perp didn't actually prove he wasn't hitting the victim in the face right now, the victim's case can proceed."

    The dumbest arguments I've ever heard. What about the bruises for last month's beating: when does the victim get recompense for those?

  • Aug 19th, 2015 @ 11:08pm

    Re: Re: Why WiFi should be free

    "You were expecting to find a Gideon Bible and a bed? Sorry, we should have been clear: A twin bed is $16 extra, and the Bible is $2. Shall we add that to your account?"

  • Aug 19th, 2015 @ 11:06pm

    Re: Why WiFi should be free

    Oh, man, don't give them ideas. They'll be like the airlines:

    "Yes sir, the room is $28. Now, will you be needing basic plumbing? That's $19 additional. Oh, you'll want to take a shower, too? Then that will be $24 extra. Now the rooms can get a bit uncomfortable without the climate comfort package, will you want that? Only $18 extra. Right. Now, if will you need to be plugging in any devices..."

  • Aug 19th, 2015 @ 10:09pm

    Free market

    Judging by what corporations do in the name of the "free market," I do not think that phrase means what they think it means.

  • Aug 17th, 2015 @ 6:24pm

    How often it is used - revisited

    “They’re essentially messing up every case they use these devices in,” [U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson] said.
    My guess is that there are far more cases where the use of DRT was concealed by parallel construction than were "messed up" by its use.

    All it takes is a little Machiavellian cleverness to explain how the police knew, by other means, information they actually got from a phone recording.

    That, a liberal application of perjury, and a willingness to violate citizen rights wholesale. (All for the public good, of course.)

  • Aug 14th, 2015 @ 9:56pm

    New business model

    Seems to me that the big cell companies are missing a new business model here. Instead of putting up those cell towers, just let all the businesses buy IMSI catchers.

  • Aug 14th, 2015 @ 9:54pm

    EPA drinking water standards

    Those people calling for updates to the EPA drinking water standards are out of luck: our prevailing party wants those rules to be 500 years out of date.

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