What about a 100-ft selfie stick? Obviously a 100-ft selfie stick filming the police is ridiculous on its face, given that the target of the camera would at that point be someone other than the holder of the stick. But I think my point is valid.
The FBI and ICE should team up with book publishers and watermark each page with a 'piracy is bad..mmm-kay' label. Come to think of it, TV shows should have a disclaimer bar over the first 15 seconds of each program and have it repeat at random intervals. Radio stations could overlay a track of a guy eating potato chips during each song played. Police officers should hum 'Hey Jude' or 'Happy Birthday' all day to prevent any recording of themselves from making it to YouTube. Yes, I totally understand why a mandatory government label is needed.
This reminds me of the whole tomato debate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix_v._Hedden. I could see litigation like this reaching the Supreme Court for all sorts of things. Sandwich/Burrito, moped/motercycle, kite/UAV, Lost/Gilligan's Island.
If this gets pushed through then all fiction could invalidate patents as prior art. All anyone would have to do is to create some work of fiction and briefly explain a device. Everything from holodecks to laser firing wrist watches to shoe phones would be off limits when they get invented.
If I want to return shirt I bought from Sears, I don't go the shirt maker, I go back to Sears. I understand Taiwan's point. I think there can be other mechanisms in place, however. I think a return policy similar to physical stores can be worked on.
This could lead to a brain drain of sort for Italy. Much like malpractice suites (and insurance) can drive certain types of doctors from particular states; the criminalization of prediction and scientific analysis may lead seismologists and volcanologists to leaving Europe's only country with active volcanoes.
Along those lines, we could try a judge and jury if an acquitted person subsequently commits another crime, possibly for conspiracy of the crime. Politicians too would be vulnerable to criminal charges for failing to make good on their often conflicting promises. We could charge driving instructors if their students break any laws.
I like the linking stories. It would be really neat to have searchable articles from earlier times to see how the narrative changes over time. I'd also like to see a map of the world highlighting each story over time. You could see what took place where and when.
You're just not thinking fourth dimensionally, Marty!
As far as history is concerned, Damascus steel hasn't been replicated. Though, modern steel making methods have grown, in part, from attempts to recreate Damascus steel. Though, this may be a material and not a tool for the sake of the argument.