If Google is required to apply UK's law worldwide, it would also have to be required to apply China's broad-reaching censorship laws as well. Additionally, it would also have to abide by Sharia Law due to the several Muslim states where religious law is also State law.
"So, what's Comcast and Verizon's excuse?" Profit! (and unwillingness to innovate, hence they think the best way to profit is to make them pay more rather than 'give it away for free' because it's cheaper to do so, as Google explains.)
Calgary outlawed ride-sharing to protect it's taxis last year or so, and a few weeks ago, they have now mandated that all registered taxi owners must have their vehicles in service from 4 pm to 4 am every weekend.
So they 'force' taxi owners to work because the demand is so high, but they blocked alternate ways to mitigate the demand.. WTF?
Thanks for that, I am immediately moved to email them to tell them that urging people to contact their representatives is a staple of democracy and by trying to gag that with a cease and desist is completely undemocratic.
The fact is, the issue makes me (living in Canada, not even in the same country - let alone the same municipality) want to write in.
The powers that be in the United States are afraid of Bitcoin. The US Dollar is going to collapse and its going to do it soon - the soaring prices of BitCoin show that people are flocking to it and away from the USD. (Gold and Silver too, FWIW)
I'm actually surprised this hasn't happened sooner - BitCoin presents a real threat to the 'status quo'. However that's exactly the reason why so many people support it.
Did some more digging - it is used because early cartoons used a certain sound effect when something is snatched or runs away quickly - anyone who grew up with those cartoons would use this word to describe that sound, so we tend to say "Yoink!" when we take something quickly - or 'steal' something when we're making it obvious we're taking it.
There's a saying, and I forget which way it goes, but both are true; Any sufficiently extreme satire is indistinguishable from extremist viewpoint. Any sufficiently extreme viewpoint is indistinguishable from satire.
The TV Show the Colbert Report is a good example. Liberals love him, because they think it's humorous satire. Conservatives love him because they agree with him.
A conservative group taking an image that was designed as satire because they feel it fits their ideology is par for the course for this 'law'.
I don't know what the labour laws are there - but if this happened in Alberta they would all be entitled to severance because of how short the notice was, depending on how long they've worked there (Starts at minimum 2 weeks if they've been their 90 days.) If you don't get 2 weeks notice, you get paid for 2 week anyway. Goes up to 3 weeks after 2 years working for the same employer, and then increases over time.
This is exactly the type of thing that turns otherwise paying customers into pirates. The logic goes something like this;
1) WTF? I can't watch the content that I paid to watch?? 2) Hrm... I've heard that you can download stuff online - I've paid for this, and I really want to watch it.. so maybe it's justified for me to try it - just this once. 3) Wow - downloading content was a lot quicker and easier than I thought it would be - and there's fewer digital rights crap stuff I have to jump through. It's both free _and_ I get better service, maybe I'll just do this from now on.