Copyright is supposed to be a limited protection in order to promote cultural development. If created items are never allowed to enter the public domain until anyone who might remember them has long ago died, then there's no question we're missing the mark.
A short copyright protection is sensible. One that is "X number of years, or life, whichever comes second" is pushing the outer limits of a copyright law that does what it's supposed to do. But it's still within reason.
Current law is a travesty, and for us to be pushing it on other countries who doesn't yet have this particular travesty, that's just worse.
I didn't think it was safety from accidents, I thought it was safety from the driver being a psychopath, since Uber's background checks were more strict than the cab companies. (I spoke at length with one of my Uber drivers, who also drives a cab, and he said a number of other cab drivers he knew couldn't pass the required checks.)
This is not odd at all. It is no more weird than Verizon arguing for Title II one moment, and against Title II the next whenever either suits them. It's not that they forgot the former, it's that they don't actually care about the law, only its effects. One costs them money, the other doesn't, so they go with the one that doesn't.
It's not ironic if you look honestly at the motivations.
I know a girl who works for Keureg. The reason for the DRM is because off-brand cups aren't made of the same non-recyclable plastic, and would warp and sometimes burst spraying scalding hot coffee everywhere. So the engineers made it so you needed an approved cup. That's basically to avoid a McDonalds-style lawsuit.
The PR people are the ones who completely flummoxed that message. It could have been handled much better.
If my office environment is any indicator, Netflix has in no way quelled the desire of fans to talk about their favorite shows. But, rather than talk about the last episode, they talk about the last season. Ad nauseum.
My understanding of Greece's economic woes was that pretty much everyone was dodging the taxes everywhere. Not just businesses dodging sales tax, but homeowners dodging property tax, and everything else in-between.
In my head, it's like The Untouchables, where it just takes someone deciding to walk next door from the police department to "find" the scofflaws.
Within the next dozen or so years, a commission of copyright maximalists will determine what websites you may view. This will be done in relative secrecy, much like the MPAA, under the guise of "protecting our children." Websites that do not receive a pass from this commission will be branded as unfit, and automatically filtered by Comcast, the one internet provider in the USA.