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  • May 25th, 2016 @ 10:36pm


    You don't see the danger of letting billionaires abuse free speech rights and the court system for the purpose of personal vendettas? What if it was a billionaire you didn't like trying to sue a website you like out of existence? Would you be shrugging if off then?

  • May 25th, 2016 @ 9:30pm

    Re: Re: Wealth is Truth

    Or maybe never had those principles to begin with.

    I've always strongly felt that in order reach such incredible levels of wealth, being really smart or having great ideas is simply not enough. You also have to be an asshole, or at least have some asshole-ish qualities, even if they're not obvious to many. In modern Western capitalist systems you don't get that rich by being the nice guy.

  • May 25th, 2016 @ 9:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Tired blather...

    Can you point to the law against being "skeevy"? Can you explain how having such a reputation should factor into a legal decision?

  • May 25th, 2016 @ 9:19pm

    Re: Re:

    So Mike writes 700 words explaining his views on the topic, which you ridiculously boil down to simply calling everything stupid and ridiculous, and then suggest that it's actually Mike who's stupid and ridiculous, without offering any rebuttal at all. There's irony here alright, but you're looking in the wrong direction.

  • May 25th, 2016 @ 6:58pm


    ...even if this means we have all three subscriptions...

    Nope, not happening. Just like I have no interest in going to three different stores for my groceries, I have no desire to prop up their decrepit business model by having multiple subscriptions. Exclusive licences are anti-consumer and should only ever be viewed with scorn.

  • May 24th, 2016 @ 6:13pm

    Re: Music Industry

    "However, as a practicing attorney in the music business..."

    I'm curious to know if you represent record labels or artists. Because these two groups have very different goals and desires when it comes to how music revenue gets distributed.

    "But the license and royalties these services provide are simply inadequate to assure that composers and artists can be fairly compensated for their work."

    BS. The money these services generate could fairly compensate composers and artists for their work if a massive percentage of it wasn't kept by the record labels.

    "Of course, if we required Spotify and other services to pay adequate royalties to compensate artist and composers in a manner comparable to amounts paid in the old system, these services would fail financially."

    Again, the problem is not the amount of money the services pay, it's how much the labels keep.

    "Sure they pay billions but it is not even a fraction of what they should be paying if artists are to be compensated fairly."

    See above.

    "The only solution is a revision to copyright laws that requires that these services generate sufficient funds through subscriptions and otherwise to fairly compensate artists."

    At the risk of repeating myself, how about instead a revision to copyright laws that requires that record labels pay enough to fairly compensate artists.

    From all the points you've made, I suspect I know the answer to my first question.

  • May 19th, 2016 @ 5:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "This is where you twist things and act like the complete tech douche you are."

    Sounds more like this is where you can't come up with a compelling argument so you resort to childish insults. Again...

    "I'm betting with the next legal action they will."

    Betting against a strong losing streak may get you a fluke win in sports, not legal precedents don't quite work that way.

    "Everyone knows you and Google's game, Masnick: try to destroy what little protections creators have and then exploit their work for profit."

    You've just described the MO of most of the big content industries (not the creators). Trying to gain sympathy by accusing the tech industry of mistreating artists is galling in its abject hypocrisy. Even if there was truth in it, you're certainly not the ones who get you say it out loud.

  • May 11th, 2016 @ 6:03pm


    "The problem is in many ways WE JUST DON'T KNOW."

    See, this is why people call you a troll. We do know that the current copyright terms are detrimental, the evidence is overwhelming. We also know the only people claiming otherwise are large corps who are only interested in protecting their cash cow. It's not artists who benefit, its the companies that hold their copyrights. Why else would they argue an artist's work needs protection decades after their death?

  • May 9th, 2016 @ 6:49pm


    "But, you guys keep forgetting that you can't argue fair use while taking a property like Star Trek, making a professional film and making money from it."

    Of course you can. That's exactly what they're doing. They are arguing that very fact.

    "Axanar Productions using Kickstarter to generate funds and providing a digital copy or a copy for home use is "making money" from the "Star Trek" property without getting permission from the copyright owners."

    There is a long established legal history of commercial operations being found to be fair use. Making money off it does not discount fair use, no matter how manner times you say it does.

    "What many forget is that "Star Trek: Axanar" is not fair use, no matter how much people claim it is."

    Fair use is not something you remember or forget, it's something that's determined in a court of law.

    "Star Trek: Axanar is NOT transformative."

    So a completely original story, dialogue and characters is not transformative? I think you might not understand what the word means.

    "This film is different than the other 'cheaply' made Star Trek fan movies that are available through youtube."

    Can you point to the section of copyright law that establishes "different to other fan movies on YouTube" as some sort of demarcation?

    All these claims of yours have little legal weight, and instead come off as "I really don't like this so it must be copyright infringement!" You'll need to try a lot harder. You might end up being correct when you say that they'll lose, as fair use cases can be pretty hard to call beforehand, but it's just as well you're not arguing Paramount's case for them...

  • May 2nd, 2016 @ 7:15pm


    Can't argue the message so you just try lamely to dis the messanger instead. Not surprising.

    Also, are you suggesting that using a VPN to circumvent geoblocking does "break copyright" (whatever that means)? Can you point to the section of copyright law that outlaws this?

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 8:56pm


    "Seriously? Did you fucking just say that?"

    It's pretty clear from your attitude that you just want him in jail for the CP he hasn't even been changed for, not contempt of court. At least be honest about that.

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 5:57pm


    "Wow. Never thought I'd see the techdirt community defending someone who traffics in child porn."

    That's because, as I said above, you've lost the ability to think rationally about anything CP-related. Nothing in the article defends CP in any way, shape or form. Feel free to point out specifics if you think I'm wrong.

    It is vital to vigorously protect the rights and laws put in place to protect the people from governmental or law enforcement overreach. They were put there for good reason, usually as a result of decades or centuries of suffering by ALL people, not just people you happen to despise. If you choose to ignore these protections for bad people, you effectively give permission to ignore them for everyone else too.

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 5:40pm


    You sound very much like your understandable hatred of child porn has fried your brain to the point of not understanding the terrible precedent you'd like the courts to set. Don't worry, your affliction is sadly common.

  • Apr 28th, 2016 @ 5:31pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Out of curiosity, are you willfully blind, working for a Hollywood funded think tank, or both?

  • Apr 26th, 2016 @ 6:52pm

    Re: Re:

    You got trolled.

  • Apr 26th, 2016 @ 6:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Missed it

    "You won't even consider a valid issue, and instead dismiss it out of hand."

    Probably because most of the concerns you raise should not be as big a deal as you make out and quite frankly are worth it. Some cops need to be watched, and so do plenty of the citizens cops interact with. All these "problems" need to be dealt with intelligently instead of being used as excuses.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 @ 6:23pm


    Can you explain how that's an inaccurate way to describe 0.09% of their customers?

  • Apr 20th, 2016 @ 6:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    How would you make an anti-trust case against Apple? In what way are they blocking their competitors? There are perfectly viable (even superior) options to everything Apple offers.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 @ 6:04pm


    Most of the unremovable crapware on my phone is from Samsung, not Google.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 @ 6:01pm

    Re: Re:

    It's not a good point at all, because the people did not have the power to remove a monarchy once they realized they had a problem. You only have to look at the likes of IBM, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Yahoo, MySpace, etc to see that companies in a dominant market position have no guarantee of holding that position any longer than their customers want.

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