Actually, people such as Sandra Aistars are not doing any of this based on ego. It's money. The only egos here are those of artists, musicians, and authors who naively buy the propaganda over so-called "theft," and are just being used as foot soldiers by industry interests that see dollars in reducing the market share of anyone not them.
The Copyright Alliance is just another purely artificial astroturf organization, doing what it's paid to do by a select group of special interests. It therefore shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that the words uttered by Sandra Aistars are just nonsensical crap thrown at a wall in the hope that some of them will stick, and have some political effect. Look no further than who the Alliance founders and staffers have been; either MPAA execs, Nickles Group LLC lobbyists, or alumni from the Progress & Freedom Foundation, which played a role in Newt Gingrich's ethics troubles back in the 90's. Copyright Alliance Staff, 2008. archive.org
I had the displeasure of spending quality time on the phone with Ms. Aistars; "hack attorney" is exactly right, IMO. Former Time-Warner VP, attorney from Weil, Gotshal, & Manges. Defender of "creative individuals"? Yah, sure.
We appear to have a slight misunderstanding; I did not suggest in any way that "free trade" is a valid concept. I merely pointed out the absurdity of applying it to, of all things, something that would raise trade barriers. You humans really crack me up sometimes.
This leads me to call out yet again former Sen. Don Nickles, patron of the Copyright Alliance and ALEC supporter, who's lobbying firm The Nickles Group LLC, serves COMCAST, AT&T, MPAA, Walmart, and Intellectual Ventures. My first thought is that it's really too bad he's facing a headwind these days. But on second thought, increasing resistance probably just means more lobbying work and gravy coming his way. Shiny.
Anyhow, I grew up watching lots of John Wayne war movies, and drew plenty of graphic battle scenes during class-time. One of my teachers did get to see my notebook, chock-full of violence and gore. (Leaky, smeary red ballpoint pens made for some awesome blood!) She just commented that I had talent.
Comcast’s team includes six former government officials. From left, former Senator Don Nickles, former Representative Robert Walker, former Senator Blanche Lincoln, former Representative Ron Klink, David Cohen of Comcast and former F.C.C. member Meredith Attwell Baker.
Unfortunately, expecting anyone to make sense these days is just plain unrealistic. All it takes now is having well-dressed "serious" people move their mouths and spew the right buzzwords; making logical sense is optional. Like the Gary Larson cartoon of an old woman talking to her dog, all they need to say is "bla-bla-blah, business, bla-bla, . . good for consumers, . . "bla-bla-blah, . . democratic process, bla-bla blah, . . "
And of course, handing out cash to all the right people makes the deal happen while the public sits waiting patiently for the doggie treat they think is coming. Job done. We live in an idiotocracy.
"An easy way to stop this sort of crap would be to get all the students to do the same thing."
I like it; though a foolish doubling down by the so-called adults would of course be a distinct possibility.
The nice thing about this idea is that while morons can easily disregard the opinions of other adults (a big reason they're morons more than likely), there's no escaping the humiliation when even children recognize what dopes they are. I can't imagine many things inflicting more hurt to the ego than a school full of kids snickering, "that's the stoopid teacher!!!" And then with fingers drawn, blast away- "Pew, . . Pew-Pew!!!"
"If US pretends to be our master, too, now, can we at least get the right to vote for the US leaders?"
Be careful what you wish for. Getting the right to vote in the U.S. would probably come with our never-ending political campaigning and propaganda and an even more subservient media serving up political infomercials rather than actual news. Not to mention that, in the end, the people you do successfully elect would all too often find the fetid swamp of D.C. to be a comfy Jacuzzi they can relax in.
Nope, you're describing relatively small-dollar secondary expenses that do not come anywhere near the real profit potential. I'm talking direct usage fees. Imagine, if you will, if COMCAST was able to buy up most of the highways in the U.S. There are only COMCAST cars for sale in your locality; you're forced into a long-term contract; you are restricted by mileage caps with big overage penalties; maybe there's an end to "roadway" neutrality, where if COMCAST doesn't like you, the stoplights are double the wait unless you pay up. What if they only built roads to the commercial establishments they owned?
I'm talking a cats-and-dogs-living-together, wrath-of-God monopoly that could generate profits several orders of magnitude above what is being skimmed from our current public highway system. Public utilities? A huge mistake that some have probably never stopped crying over.
I have no doubt there's a certain social strata that thinks the interstate highway system was the greatest error and calamity in world history. Think of all those people using something of value without anyone being allowed to collect (extort) fair market value!!!!
I can't imagine our corporate overlords ever letting THAT happen again.
Another day, another bit of news relating to Intellectual Venture's #1 lobbyist, Sen. Don Nickles and his lobbying firm, the Nickles Group LLC. Yesterday it was MPAA; today it's IV. Tomorrow? Maybe it'll be fracking, payday lending, net neutrality, or pushing TPP on behalf of his big pharma, legacy entertainment, or telecom clients. Just an all around stand-up dude.
Thanks for the reminder that the politicians themselves are often driving, rather than merely being passively driven by the moneyed interests in D.C. I suppose with all the hyper-partisan propaganda these days, it's easy to oversimplify how things really work and forget just how complex our Beruit on the Potomac can be.
Regarding the MPAA, this news is not some grand revelation in light of their on-going relationship with the Nickles Group LLC, lobbying firm of far right-wing goofball and former U.S. Senator Don Nickles (R-OK). The Copyright Alliance, after all, was a creation of Nickles associates and the MPAA.