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  • Sep 21st, 2016 @ 6:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Point taken, and one I've made myself numerous times. Sometimes I just get lazy though...

  • Sep 20th, 2016 @ 10:48pm

    Re: Re:

    Actually Techdirt has frequently written about reducing piracy (stopping it is impossible), mostly by spending less time actively fighting piracy and instead putting those resources into giving customers what they actually want, which is the only method that has consistently proven to work.

  • Sep 20th, 2016 @ 5:45pm

    Re: Re: WP is treasonus

    "Waving another countries flag around on another countries soil in a protest is a legitimate act of war by the individuals that are doing it."

    Poe's law not withstanding...

    A flag is a piece of colored cloth with almost zero potential to cause bodily harm when being waved. War is at an act that typically results in hundreds, thousands or even million of deaths. That you can't seem to see a difference is quite extraordinary. You're either demonstrating profound ignorance or just having a laugh.

  • Sep 13th, 2016 @ 5:51pm


    Great job repeating a bunch of points made perfectly clear in the argument, while completely missing the actual issue of truthful articles being disappeared due to legal threats, i.e. SLAPP. It may be smart if you're a shortsighted lawyer type, but not if you have any concern for journalism.

  • Sep 12th, 2016 @ 5:34pm


    Of course they have that right, but why should anyone stop bitching about it? Why would people not talk about such a stupid and dangerous move? Your suggestion is completely nonsensical.

  • Sep 7th, 2016 @ 6:33pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Are you referring to the irresponsible drunk driving mommy's car..."

    Who is this "irresponsible drunk driving mommy" you're referring to, coz there isn't one of those in this story.

  • Sep 7th, 2016 @ 6:30pm

    Re: Re: Outrage is Outrageous

    "...the mother clearly knew (or should have known) her son had a drinking problem, a DWI problem..."

    Since the only history presented in the story was one indecent 7 years ago, what do you think this knowledge was based on? Are you extrapolating the facts to fit your moral outrage or do you know more about this case that was presented here?

  • Sep 6th, 2016 @ 4:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Copying TANGIBLES may not be theft...

    "If you play it at a public venue and represent it as yours, I would say that is theft."

    Actually that would be plagiarism, which is a completely different thing that pretty much everyone here would be strongly against. But it's a different topic altogether. Simply copying, even if infringing, is not plagiarism. Nobody is downloading a film or song and then claiming it's theirs. Very few are brave/stupid enough to publicly perform someone else's song and claim it's their own.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 @ 6:12pm


    How would you boycott a market when your product can be reproduced infinitely and transported easily? You may have heard of piracy...

    Google doesn't offer products, they offer services which can be easily withdrawn from a market.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 @ 6:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Not so cut and dried

    "So... you are saying that it's perfectly fine to take the team emblem, put it up in your shop, over the donuts in question, and say 'Buy these donuts'?"

    Why don't you instead explain how it's not? Tell us exactly how the university is harmed in any way by this. Does it compete with their own baked goods? Oh that's right, they don't have any? Does it disparage them in any way? Nope, how could it? Fill in what's missing here.

    "Implying that they are associated with the school?"

    How does anyone leap to that conclusion? It obviously suggests they support the university team, but how is any formal association implied by a mere donut?

    "I am far from an IP maximalist..."

    The fact that you're happy to see this as a valid trademark instead of a symbol of how broken the system is does not help this claim...

  • Sep 1st, 2016 @ 6:10pm

    Re: I want to point out

    "While pirating (aka copying without permission) does not deprive the artist of the original, it does take away certain rights that the artist had, namely the right to license it as they see fit (and to deny you a license if they so wish)."

    That would be hilarious if true, because the entire concept of copyright would cease to exist in an instant. Make one copy - poof! - copyright gone! Except that's obviously stupid and wrong. No rights have been taken from anyone, they still have them.

    "It's clearly impossible to deny the idea that the end result of piracy is you having something, where before you had nothing."

    Maybe that's why nobody here has claimed otherwise...

    "Morally, it's not hard to draw the conclusion that you have stolen something, even if it is just a copy. At best, your copy was fraudulently obtained."

    You know what fraud is right? Where's the fraud in copyright infringement? Nobody pretended to be or do something other than make copies. Who's being mislead or fooled?

    "It should be noted that until 2006 or so, the UK legal system treated fraud as theft - obtaining something via deceptive practices."

    And then they obviously decided that was wrong and changed it. You're not helping your argument with that one.

    "Piracy has absolutely stolen the economic value out of the product. Infinite number of copies, market price zero."

    You're going to stick with that old trope despite overwhelming proof that it's wrong? Seriously? Your reality denial is amazing.

    So there is theft, but the value of the theft is perhaps very small when calculated by itself."

    'Statutory minimum damages' would disagree with you on the "very small" part.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 6:02pm


    Even if there is some element of greed here, calling it "pure" completely ignores the huge societal benefit to this problem being made public. Lives are literally at stake, so highlighting it is not just a Good Thing to do, it's morally imperative.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 1:43am

    Re: Re: operating companies in various countries and living in another one altogether...

    You're a long way from proving what MU did was illegal. As is the DOJ.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 1:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I've asked numerous times for links to these Techdirt critics, who are apparently very common in the content industries, and yet I've never had a single response...

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 6:24pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "This is where the TD staff can start to seem a little nutty and I think it's a big reason why this place is perceived as so anti-artist."

    I'd love to see evidence that TD is perceived as anti-artist from anyone that doesn't have a vested interest in making money off artists.

    "You're conflating the common word steal with the specific legal definition of theft..."

    Correct, because that's the whole point of accusing copiers of theft; to equate their actions with an act that is generally despised and universally illegal. They want the average person to think that copyright infringement, or even non-infringing copying, is just as bad as actual legal theft. Remember the "You wouldn't steal a car" anti-piracy campaign? Direct, explicit comparison to removal of a physical object.

    "I don't understand why TD insists on burying its good message (i.e. illegal downloading isn't necessarily a problem worth fighting and can be a good thing) within this sophomoric game of switcheroo semantics."

    It's ironic that you would accuse TD of exactly what the copyright industry has been doing for years, using language to paint a very misleading picture of what copyright is all about. Also note that I would argue the exact opposite, that TD spends far more time talking about the real-world effects of piracy compared to the horror story painted by the copyright industry than it does the definition of a word. I think your memory is selective.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 5:27pm


    Yep, I'll take low-speed rear-end collisions over cars running red lights every day.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 5:23pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "I will ALWAYS trust myself more than ABS..."

    Unless you are a very experienced driver who regularly practices extreme braking (e.g. a race driver), your trust is misplaced.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 5:18pm


    "I sure hope they're doing some of their testing on wet roads and icy roads, you know, the ones where slamming the brakes is NOT always a viable option."

    Actually with modern ABS and stability control systems that's exactly what you should do. These systems are much better than most drivers.

    "But I'll bet ya they aren't."

    Yes, you're much smarter than they are, which is why you thought of it and they didn't...

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 5:10pm

    Re: Re:

    "The Olympics were held in Nazi Germany and somehow persevered."

    When the '36 games were held the Nazi party was just another political party for most people in the world. You're basing your comment on how we view them now.

  • Aug 24th, 2016 @ 11:03pm

    Re: Re: Incorrect

    "Why would the objective be that my creation is only my property for a period of time until I then have to let others monetize it?"

    Because as soon as you publish it, or even let anyone see/hear/read it, it's NOT yours anymore. That's just the natural state of world as it has always been. Copyright was introduced very recently in human history as a set of temporary (hah!) restrictions on the public's ability to use works created by others, after which things are supposed to revert to that natural state (i.e. the public domain).

    If having sole possession of your creation is so important to you, keep it to yourself. But don't you dare use any one else's work as inspiration for your own!

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