I'd wager that the publisher/rights holder is doing far and away better on her works than she could ever possibly achieve in a "we own the rights to your works (and control all the knowledges - mwah-hah-hahh)" model. Something tells me she should be doing far better than she actually is.
"The negative effects of such an intervention would lead directly to lower levels of investment in European content production, promotion and distribution,"
But.. the world is flat!
I imagine, given the near-zero cost of distribution, which happens to flow nicely into effective promotion, that investment into production would skyrocket.
Once something is broadcast I'm not sure how the argument of a "right" to make money by controlling distribution is an effective argument anymore (if it ever was). Hell, it's only relevant due to deep pockets and corrupt influence on law makers.
"Middle-men", in the areas of distribution in a digital market, are simply less relevant, if at all - laws and punishments and "the rights of distribution" be damned.
It's not a secret if you tell someone... It is no longer "solely yours" when you release it... "Copyright" needs to be fixed and it's not because the middle-men or mega media corps stand to loose money. That's simply not the point of a copyright much less an indication of how long they should last. You guys simply do not create - you strangle what's already been created. And that only for yourselves and those artists that you've convinced that only they can be your one and only benefactor.
I kind of like the control I have over the media I can access and the reality is that there's not much anyone can do about it, good, bad or otherwise.
The sooner you asshats can agree on and create a catalog of rights then the sooner you can provide income to "your" artists and creators. Get your twisted, self righteous heads out of your cocktail glasses and fix your shit.
I don't understand. Why would anyone patent peer review on a computer or otherwise? Isn't it kind of up to the, I don't know, peers doing the reviewing?
Oh.. nevermind. It must be to protect the furtherance of the progress of the sciences and the arts. I get it.
From this angle Elsevier looks like it's aim is to crush innovation vs innovate, and with a patent, no less. Ironic.
Elsevier is the epitome of preventing the flow of academic information.
"I was published in another academic journal! Woohoo!! No, no monies." ... Uhhh, that still means that much to you guys when, you know, a huge chunk of the population is a few key taps away? I guess it's pretty cool to be smart, huh? And have all your hard work and research paid for and seen by millions.. well, except for that last part.
Also, as someone mentioned here elsewhere, "identity theft" is fraud. So, no, identity theft is not "theft" of your identity because, shocker, you still have one. The perp is out committing fraud with your identifying datum and is probably stealing things from others with it.
Yes, however, concepts are just that, concepts. Theft, by definition, which seems to include the legal one, tells us that theft is depriving someone of "a thing".
I have 'X'. Someone stole my 'X'. My 'X' is now gone. The taking of 'X' is theft.
The copying of 'X' can not be theft under the current legal standard. The state of copyright today is, on the other hand, theft, as the public does not have "the thing" nor will they ever have "the thing" as long as maximalists X-Z continue to get their way.
I just looked up three. I get the impression that none of them will be what you'd like them to be.
n. the generic term for all crimes in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes personal property of another without permission or consent and with the intent to convert it to the taker's use (including potential sale). In many states, if the value of the property taken is low (for example, less than $500) the crime is "petty theft," but it is "grand theft" for larger amounts, designated misdemeanor, or felony, respectively. Theft is synonymous with "larceny." Although robbery (taking by force), burglary (taken by entering unlawfully), and embezzlement (stealing from an employer) are all commonly thought of as theft, they are distinguished by the means and methods used, and are separately designated as those types of crimes in criminal charges and statutory punishments. (See: larceny, robbery, burglary, embezzlement)
I understand the argument but I think it's quite a stretch.
When asked to point to the person in the room that I saw commit the crime I speak with my finger.
I can sign.
A fingerprint in this application is speaking. You telling your phone to unlock is no different speaking your mind - with your voice, your finger, your face, your pin or any other mechanism requiring your person or parts thereof.
The act of unlocking the thing is speaking. In this case, or others like it, this is potentially self-incriminating speech by any reasonable standard, imo.
1) The police can shoot you and kill you because of the idea of a weapon. Emphasis on idea.
2) There is this weird penchant where our armed and dangerous branches believe addressing a problem is the same as addressing a symptom.
3) Can someone tell me how equipping police to have a, far and away, superior tactical advantage over the policed does not threaten human and civil rights at every imaginable level at any imaginable moment? I can't legally purchase the same level of protection. As a bonus, these guys are practically immune to the legal system. They think they are the system.
4) Why do police believe themselves to be bosses? Non-compliance seems to be roughly equivalent to a death sentence. Or justification for near-death beatings, in the very least.
5) Empowering the powerful can only end badly. Empowering arrogant authority only hastens us towards that ending.
6) elif: From whence does this "authority" come?
7) True policemen are rare. Too rare.
I've always been afraid of the police, always. I think it's innate. I think we're doing it wrong. I think it's getting worse. And please, for fuck's sake, try not to fire until you can at least see a gun. Stop using the pussy excuse for being a thug criminal - equal, in every way, to any other.