I am actually very much for overturning the horrible Citizens United ruling. Corporations do not exist, they are merely a polite fiction, and as such should not be given any rights as put forth in our constitution.
Having said that, I'd be just fine with corporate personhood if I had ever seen a corporation be punished in any meaningful way, like going to jail or maybe the death penalty. But so much illegal activity just gets swept under the rug because "corporation".
In all seriousness, Google is going to have to just stand up and say "No." And when they are threatened with fines and garbage, they should just pull out of that country. Yes, it will cause Google to lose a bit of revenue, but I bet not much as the people clamor to get Google back, and the countries like France wise up and figure out that they need Google more than Google needs them. This "right to be forgotten" BS has gone way too far already.
I realize that's an unpopular thing to say. As an ardent supporter of the guy and of what he did, I hate to say that. But it's true. What Snowden did was, in fact, illegal.
Well, it's an unpopular thing to say because it is not as clear cut as that. Maybe you have the wisdom and foresight to distinguish it clearly, but the rest of us have questions. Is it illegal to blow the whistle on illegal surveillance programs? Is it illegal for the president and the rest of the intelligence community to pretend that we don't have laws in place to protect whistleblowers? Was it illegal for Snowden's supervisor(s) to stonewall him when he attempted to use "normal" channels regarding his concerns about illegal surveillance programs?
Also, in America we have this thing called "presumed innocent". So kindly refrain from calling him a criminal or making determination of criminality until such time as a trial does occur. And if it never does, as it looks like will be the case, well then that's just tough.
Everything I've seen and read indicates he's a very smart man. He knows that he will never be able to come back to US again, and he willingly made that sacrifice for the good of his country. This is what used to be called "heroism".
Agreed and agreed, but what about "gaming"? Wtf qualifies as "gaming"? Running WoW? Overwatch? And they are going to throttle "gaming" data to 2mbps? (Not that I imagine many games use nearly that amount, but still, you could have a PC + XBox + mobile game going on in the normal household quite easily...)
I agree that typically music and video will be easily identifiable, but I have huge (YUGE) questions about the "gaming" cap.
Malaysia seems to be the furthest along in the ratification process, and Peru is also moving forward.
Since strings were pulled to get people to forget about Malaysia's human rights abuses and "upgrade" Malaysia's status on human trafficking, it only makes sense that Malaysia would charge forward. If they don't, I bet that upgrade would mysteriously disappear...
I've started keeping a list of news sites with no comments sections, and I just avoid them. If I see a link with info I'm interested in that points to one, I'll try and find the same info elsewhere. To me, it's like the whole PS3 OtherOS debacle: how do you think you can offer some cool functionality and then retroactively take it away and not be affected?
Mike, it's not about what works or improves the situation, it's about punishment. These are the people that constantly conflate infringement and theft. Since they will always see it as "theft", there must be punishment.
Mike, I tend to agree with your posts, and I'm all about Section 230, normally. But I'm not sure I agree with your assessment this time. It sounds to me that the gist of the state's argument is that the site solicits illegal content, and thus is not eligible for safe harbors when the hammer comes down. This kind of goes along with "clean hands". You can't look for help from the courts when you were performing illegal activity.
Now it may be another question whether or not "revenge porn" *should* be illegal, but in California, at least, it apparently is, and so in that light, I can see why the site would not qualify for safe harbors. Having said that, it would need to be extraordinarily obvious that the (or a) site was soliciting illegal material for this to be the case. In my mind, Megaupload would not fall under this, as there was no obvious solicitation of illegal content.
What is even worse in my mind is the mindset that "poor starving artists" somehow *deserve* to get rich for writing/singing a few popular songs. This is total bullshit and is contrary to all but the most recent handful of decades. In truth, musicians/singers (also called bards) sometimes did starve: they sang for their supper, and if they didn't sing well, or often enough, they didn't get pelted with money to afford their next meal. Painters/sculptists were usually not recognized until after death, and did not see any of the wealth that would later be amassed for their works. This every-stream-or-picture-or-whatever must be paid for mindset is quite new in the long scheme of things, and inevitably benefits the middlemen more than anybody, which is why they keep whining.
I paid for Metallica's Black album on cassette; I bought it again on CD; I'll be damned if I ever pay for it again.