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  • USTR Rejects Rep. Issa's Request To Observe TPP Negotiations

    dwg ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2012 @ 08:47pm

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    You're not using the word "standing" correctly. He has the Constitutional power to oversee the process. Someone will later have "standing" to sue for the USTR's malfeasance.

  • Intellectual Ventures Loses Its Shine: Will Its Business Model Ever Work?

    dwg ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2012 @ 09:43am

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    This is a terrific point. I think that the reach of what you're saying goes beyond the fights in court, though. The problem is that many people see authorship and invention as ways to make money, period. In fact, the financial benefits should be secondary, or tertiary, or less. But, so, when these folks are starting out, they hope they can get by not being sued for doing things that might, say, read on an IV-held patent. But once they're more in the driver's seat, they see another potential revenue stream in suing on the IP that they now hold. Great analogy to the housing bubble, where people seemingly forgot that houses are ostensibly built to be lived in, and simply saw them as revenue streams (whether to borrow against or flip).

    So, that happened. Let's see if it happens again.

  • Intellectual Ventures Loses Its Shine: Will Its Business Model Ever Work?

    dwg ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2012 @ 09:37am

    Re: Re: win or die

    Unfortunately, that's not how it works. They can't afford ALL of their cases to be long and expensive. But that isn't what happens--what happens is that most people who receive a troll's nastygram settle, and that's what props up the troll for the occasional court battle. Some trolls fight them and some don't, but this is an insurance model--large costs are bearable for a small number, since low costs with higher returns are available from the vast majority.

  • USTR Gives MPAA Full Online Access To TPP Text, But Still Won't Share With Senate Staffers

    dwg ( profile ), 25 Jun, 2012 @ 04:36pm

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    No government job could be as cushy as "negotiating" with the government on behalf of the MPAA.

  • A Business Model Failure Is Not A Moral Issue

    dwg ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2012 @ 06:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Legal offerings

    ...well, by cutting and pasting your previous comment, you're certainly consistent. Is consistency one of your moral points of light as well? You know who was consistent? George W. Bush.

  • A Business Model Failure Is Not A Moral Issue

    dwg ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2012 @ 06:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Legal offerings

    What's a form artist?

    Dude, I AM an artist, so fuck you for trying to make me feel bad.

  • David Lowery Wants A Pony

    dwg ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2012 @ 10:28am

    Re: Re: Re: According to Lowery

    Wouldst thou accepte my second-best bed?

  • A Business Model Failure Is Not A Moral Issue

    dwg ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2012 @ 10:27am

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    "I think it's kind of shitty that there's a lot of money generate from the sales of music over RIAA-approved channels that makes some people rich and never gets to the artists."

    FTFY.

  • A Business Model Failure Is Not A Moral Issue

    dwg ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2012 @ 10:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Legal offerings

    Listen: just because your gas station sucks and advertises to me the whole time I'm there but gives me no other features, and there's another gas source that's there wherever I need and I can take advantage of whenever I want--with no ads and with great features--that's no one's fault but your own. And maybe if you'd stop trying to follow me around to make sure I don't take some gas out of my tank to help another motorist with the gas I bought from you, that would be an improvement.

  • A Business Model Failure Is Not A Moral Issue

    dwg ( profile ), 23 Jun, 2012 @ 07:18pm

    Re: Re: Legal offerings

    If you define "piracy" as "I'll get it however I want to and pay how I choose," then no, we don't agree.

    And you mean "then," not "than."

  • David Lowery Wants A Pony

    dwg ( profile ), 22 Jun, 2012 @ 08:09pm

    Re: Re: I wrote this but it got moderated (maybe it is nonsense?)

    I keep missing the "Lend and I won't use while it's loaned out" button on iTunes. Link please.

  • A Business Model Failure Is Not A Moral Issue

    dwg ( profile ), 22 Jun, 2012 @ 08:01pm

    Legal offerings

    I still must be missing something. Spotify etc. may not pay "enough" but how does that implicate me as a user of a legal service? Record companies don't pay "enough," according to far more sources, BTW. And aren't the people complaining so the same ones who dislike the idea of someone downloading content for free, deciding if it's good and if so paying the artist WAY MORE than Spotify (not to mention the labels) would have?

    I'm sure there's a Latin term for "you can't have it both ways" but I'm too stupid to understand the above, let alone Latin.

  • Why Do The People Who Always Ask Us To 'Respect' Artists Seem To Have So Little Respect For Artists?

    dwg ( profile ), 22 Jun, 2012 @ 01:28pm

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    I know what you're trying to say, but why do you have to word it so poorly?

  • Why Do The People Who Always Ask Us To 'Respect' Artists Seem To Have So Little Respect For Artists?

    dwg ( profile ), 22 Jun, 2012 @ 01:24pm

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    You avoided answering the question. Please retry.

  • Why Do The People Who Always Ask Us To 'Respect' Artists Seem To Have So Little Respect For Artists?

    dwg ( profile ), 21 Jun, 2012 @ 01:41pm

    Re: The mighty have fallen

    I'm going to hazard a fat guess here:

    The "lab" where this guy works? At USC? I bet it gets money from somewhere really close to USC.

  • Funnyjunk's Lawyer Charles Carreon Just Keeps Digging: Promises He'll Find Some Law To Go After Oatmeal's Matt Inman

    dwg ( profile ), 21 Jun, 2012 @ 01:10pm

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    Thank you for saving me that trouble. And, um, sort of...how was her post in any way responsive to mine?

  • Why Do The People Who Always Ask Us To 'Respect' Artists Seem To Have So Little Respect For Artists?

    dwg ( profile ), 21 Jun, 2012 @ 01:03pm

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    And...you support a regime where someone should have to pay $16.99 to learn that?

  • Why Do The People Who Always Ask Us To 'Respect' Artists Seem To Have So Little Respect For Artists?

    dwg ( profile ), 21 Jun, 2012 @ 01:01pm

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    I'm an artist. And I dominate YOUR fan club (and comments). Now funny THAT.

  • David Lowery Wants A Pony

    dwg ( profile ), 20 Jun, 2012 @ 02:28pm

    Re: Re: I wrote this but it got moderated (maybe it is nonsense?)

    ?Both of these artists, despite growing global popularity, saw their incomes collapse in the last decade. There is no other explanation except for the fact that ?fans? made the unethical choice to take their music without compensating these artists."

    NO OTHER EXPLANATION? How about the economy collapsing over the past decade, such that people had less disposable income and decided not to spend as much of it on music--including the music of these two poor souls? How about estimates of their "growing global popularity" might have either been wrong or simply not correlated to sales and royalties? How about they failed to ensure that their business models evolve, along with technology? How about . . . Jesus, this is pathetic--pegging two suicides, ultimately, to file-sharing, is perhaps the lowest tactic I've seen so far. Not surprising that it's based on the worst logical fail I've seen as well.

  • David Lowery Wants A Pony

    dwg ( profile ), 20 Jun, 2012 @ 02:21pm

    Re: According to Lowery

    How many hundreds? Because I don't think many would take exception to the statement that Shakespeare was a great playwright, but, see, Shakespeare rehashed an awful lot of others' stories.

    So let's see: we're not even using the "norm" here--we're using the pinnacle as an example of how this is completely wrong. Also: Milton, Homer, more.

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