The video footage Mssr. Gordon used in his iconic work was taken by Keith and Colleen Begg and used without their permission. Since they are based in South Africa, they don't have US standing. If anyone wants to become the US copyright holder of said video and sue the hell out of Chris, get in touch with them.
What about live-streaming an event? Is that considered "posting"? While I haven't had the need to do so yet, if I ever witness a questionable interaction going down in public, I'm using my Bambuser account, just in case someone violates my 4th Amendment rights and tries to delete the video.
Isn't hacking into a computer system using a vulnerability like this a crime? I see all sorts of press releases of the FBI charging people for doing exactly this same thing. Heck, even lesser "hacking" crimes (like Aaron Schwartz) have triggered the wrath of the establishment.
I'm not sure this government is really by the people for the people anymore.
Are reporters now on the hook for copyright infringement when a document is leaked to them that they subsequently report on? Libraries for letting people take screenshot scans of copyrighted materials in their collection?
Sounds like a really horrible precedent. We can only hope it will get corrected on appeal.
Maybe Netflix owns the rights to a particular expression of the content, but there's no way they own the rights to the content itself. So Jim can simply point a camera at himself, do the routine, and post it. Or post the routine from a different show if he wants the atmosphere of the crowd interactions.
"We emphatically distance ourselves from anything baseball-related since we don't want to be even remotely associated with an organization who's douchebag lawyers have nothing better to do than harass unrelated small businesses like ours."
Reading this article, I just realized the insidious condition that makes this sort of "fuckery" possible: network speeds are an area where—similar to transistor density on chips—the status quo requires continual significant improvement.
For most things, if you pay $X for product Y or service Z today, that's still a fairly reasonable deal next month, next year, and heck even several years from now given inflation. But for things like networking service, a good deal today is a marginal deal next year, and complete extortion several years from now.
They don't need to do anything actively nefarious. They can be passive, do nothing, and by doing so anchor their offering to today's standard while the rising tide submerges them and their value.
Sounds like prior restraint to me, opposing someone doing something because the something they do might eventually lead to bad things in the future. Why don't we just punish those hypothetical bad things when they actually if and when they come to pass?
I think of internet bandwidth like other utilities: electricity, gas, water. What if GE offered a line of appliances that let you use them as much as you wanted, and the gas, elec, and water used by them didn't show on your bill? Isn't that just smart marketing, and good for the consumer?
Of course first thing I'd do is turn them into a utility hub for my house, having them feed to all other devices and appliances. GE can subsidize my whole house :-)
Another thought: what if it turns out that per mile traveled, Uber rides are actually safer? Are the taxi companies prepared to let Uber lawyers go through the discovery process on their collision and safety documentation? Given the strong feedback loop resulting from public reviews, I'd bet that Uber drivers are more incented to drive in a calmer and perhaps safer manner. Just a hypothesis, but it'd be very interesting to see what the data shows.
Regardless of the language they choose for this fee, as a consumer I think it's reflects poorly on a company to tack fees onto the base charge for the service for what should just be a cost of doing business. It makes me think of TicketMaster and telecom companies who use it as a way of extracting more and more profits. Unfortunately Lyft also has a "Trust and Safety" fee, so it looks like a bad precedent has already been set here.