could be acheived by giving words their real meaning? Methods aren't inventions. Obvious means not requiring much insight or inspiration. Independent invention should be evidence of obviousness. Making a tweak to an existing thing, even if useful, is not an invention. If it is useful, it will be adopted even without patent protection.
IP is not a positive good to be spread far and wide, it is a necessary evil to be applied where and when necessary.
I have no idea how to respond to an ISIS recruiter other than to report them.
In terms of comment threads and chat rooms, ignoring works best. Whatever you do, never take the bait. In any argument (whether with a troll or with someone posting in good faith), never forget you are not trying to convince the other person, you are trying to convince the 50 or 500 people silently reading. The winner is usually the person who doesn't seem crazy.
Some of those outrages are more outrageous than others, but the first one--there is legislation expressly forbidding this action, so why doesn't the doctrine of separation of powers tie the judge's hands?
Short of a finding of unconstitutionality (which wasn't at issue here), since when does the judiciary have the power to pick and choose the laws it will enforce?
It wouldn't surprise me if this turned out to be true. It's no secret that child porn chat rooms are populated mostly by police trying to entrap each other. I've heard prosecutors explain that line separating "artistic" from pornography and it boils down to little more than its porn if the prosecutor gets a woodie.
It's hard to see how CBS has any hope of an argument at all, no matter how they present it. If these works are in the public domain, then CBS is not harmed by their publication. No harm, no suit. Period.
That's roughly my view as well. If a character is in the public domain, then all incidental factors relating to that character should be unprotectable. The problem is "creative" is defined too broadly.
For instance, The Wizard of Oz. In the book the witch did not have a pointy hat, but in the movie she does. So the pointy hat is protected. In the book the slippers were silver, in the movie ruby red. It's insane that those details are protected. Yes, the ruby slippers have cultural resonance, but that too is an (entirely separate) reason not to protect them.
Protection should be limited to substantial creation, not minor details. Yes, I know the "substantial" is a minefield, but the courts decide questions like that all the time, and putting it in legislation would move the center of gravity to a more appropriate place.
Law enforcement has its opinions, but their interests have to fit into the greater context of what it means to be a free society. One of the things it means is that law enforcement's job is a little harder.
"Millions of illegal votes would require a conspiracy larger than all previous conspiracy theories combined."
Agreed that Trump does himself no favors when he wades into this scrum; however, this statement is obviously false. All that is required for millions of illegal voters to cast votes is a system that does not try very hard to stop them.
And guess what? We have such a system. We do virtually nothing to ensure all voters are legally entitled to vote. Your statement that the media would be all over it is a fantasy, you made it up. The president himself went on national television to encourage illegal voting. That's not private information, it took no sleuthing to find it, it's quite public and the media yawned.
I think that's Cushing's point. The Fake News scandal is itself fake, ginned up by the losers to avoid much needed soul searching. But Obama's stupid self-serving statements are not just the laughable whinging of a rejected president, they serves as fodder for authoritarian regimes wanting to suppress their own people.
That was the first thing I thought of. While it was vital that Hillary not become president in the face of her crimes, for the good of the nation, she should now be pardoned. Fortunately, Obama is used to geting away with dishonesty and has no problem arguing out of both sides of his mouth.
Exactly, Barack Obama is a man of no real accomplishment who has spent his life accepting awards and honors he has not earned. He has never shown more than a pedestrian intellect and an education with gaps that are shocking. (How many states are in the US?)