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  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 11:28am

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    Here's the thing. Let's assume for a second Minecraft were a text-based game, this author would still find something to rag about (perhaps the lack of graphics as children aren't imaginative enough to know what a Creeper looks like).

    People like this just sit around typing whatever the hell they want, hoping for 15 minutes of fame.

    He got it.

  • Apr 28th, 2015 @ 3:05am

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    The most atrocious message these "copyright maximalists" make isn't actually spoken, but it's heard nonetheless:

    "Our IP is important. Without it, others will steal our ideas and profit from our designs. Despite the fact our products sell well enough for our business to earn a profit, it's not enough and we will do everything in our power to ensure these profits only go to us.

    If there's anything which remains true of "capitalism", greed knows no bounds.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 3:08am

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    I'm going to take a step back and claim this is just another example of Microsoft's poor PR dept having no clue what they're doing.

    It doesn't matter that it's in the game arena. Anything coming out of the Microsoft PR dept should be taken with a grain of salt, followed with a gargle of salt water.

    I stopped paying attention to these videos a long time ago.

  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 8:56am

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    Consumers are able to purchase the copy at its retail price because it is distributed on a specific medium that will play back on only a licensed player.
    This isn't true, either.

    The content that's on the DVD isn't restricted to the player at all. It's MPEG and pretty much any video player can play the digital file.

    The only damn reason the disk is used is to add the copy protection layer so that other MPEG players can't access the digital file it can easily play.

    Of course, this truth won't be told. There's no way the entertainment industry is going to release $30 movie prices because they have a monopoly on player restrictions.

    This includes their idiotic product/services like UltraViolet.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 9:30am

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    go pound sand
    I get the "go" part, but "pound" doesn't rhyme with "buck" and "sand" isn't a synonym for "yourself".

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 6:39am

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    "Those partners, notably Disney and ESPN..."
    One in the same.

    Disney. Why does this company keep coming up in every discussion of innovation as the evil character.

    It's about time this evil character is dealt with, preferably in Disney fashion of killing them off.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 3:19am

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    ...she appears to finally have realized...
    I'm glad this sentence was structured accordingly, because it's quite clear she hasn't learned a damn thing. The only reason she pulled her legal threats was because of the potential PR nightmare brewing.

    If anything, she learned the lessons of others who didn't back down fast enough when things like this start to build up.

    She'll be back. She'll threaten someone else over copyright works because she, like millions more out there, falsely believe copyright protects ideas, not expressions of those ideas.

    Like those millions, I doubt she'll ever understand what this means, especially since we see far, far too many companies abusing this concept (as well into trademark disputes) to force those without the legal power to defend themselves to change their expression.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 10:12am

    (untitled comment) is commonplace around the world and working smoothly...
    It's too bad Fabrizio wasn't in a country with this so-called "working" system.

    This ridiculous statement would have never made it off his computer.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 10:06am

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    Fill the knowledge gap about our industry
    Knowledge gap? I'm confident the public knows this is an organization which compared copying a movie to that of a murder victim and professed its love of child pornography.

    Change consumer perceptions
    The FBI warning message isn't enough?

    Claim our rightful position as innovators
    How much worse can the MPAA go from dead last?
    (I get the sneaking suspicion we're about to find out)

    Reframe our consumer message in a positive tone
    This point pretty much sums up the MPAA. The fact that it needs to reframe its current message shows it was never positive to begin with.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 6:13am

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    I tried to view the file.

    I downloaded it. Moments later, I started noticing my internet traffic was increasing as a rootkit was sending information to Sony regarding files I had on my own computer.

    When I tried to open it, I was greeted by an FBI warning message, which I quickly ignored.

    Once the warning was over, I had to spend 15 minutes watching previews of other leaked emails I had no interest in.

    Finally, once the file loaded, a message came up stating the device I was using wasn't authorized to view the document. To bypass this restriction, I could pay Sony a fee of $14.99, which allows me a 24 hour access to the file.

    I declined.

    Being frustrated, I decided to torrent the DRM-free file, opened it in a PDF view, then hysterically laughed my ass off at the irony of a company, once again, having no understanding of how to treat people like people.

    Go to hell, Sony.

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 11:13am

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    I wonder if we can see this "collective mind loss" live streamed.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 11:50am

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    HAHA. Glad Timothy nailed the hypocrisy with this one. I sure as hell didn't buy the game for its volleyball gameplay. Those girls are pretty cute.


  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 11:46am

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    And, personally, as someone who regularly uses Google (and other search engines) for a variety of searching needs, I can say that I never use it for product/shopping search...
    What the hell?

    I can't even use any search engine without getting bombarded with product/shopping results on general search.

    Perhaps both the EU and FTC should go after these companies and start forcing a split on search results: general and product/sales/shopping.

    This would eliminate a majority of problems, I believe.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 11:03am

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    Anyone remember those old Samsonite commercials of a gorilla attacking a suitcase?

    Wait. Did I just give an ad agency new material?

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 9:26am

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    I think it's time we turn "verizon" into a verb.

    verizon - verb - to make false accusations and pretend they're facts; lying, dishonest, untruthful.

    Uses in a sentence:
    "Today, executives from major telecoms verizoned the Senate Subcommittee on internet freedoms when asked about their business agenda."

    Timothy, when asked by his teacher what he was holding behind his back, answered with "A toad." The teacher scolded Timothy and reminded him it's not nice to verizon people.

    Comcast told made a blatant comcast comment as it verizoned the FCC today.

    Next up: the definition of "comcast".

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 6:59am

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    Hey now, be nice Techdirt. If the movie industry can relate copying movies to that of the Boston Strangler's victim, then the RIAA has every right to say not paying royalty rights is slavery.

    It's not like anyone would ever take this statement as honest, except maybe for Lars Ulrich and Prince.

    Too bad Mitch Glazier's sneaky little attempt failed. None of this would be an issue today because it would have taken approximately 0.2 seconds for musicians to have abandoned the music industry and form a new one, where ASCAP (et al) would have collapsed.

    It's also too bad Sony won its case, too. Just think where the entertainment industry would be today if Universal had won.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 6:50am

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    I can't wait for the forthcoming advertisement:

    "Time Warner Cable give you 6x the speed of Google fiber if you allow us to bang your wife, sell your kidneys, and spy on your internet traffic for $50 a month or an alternative fee of $200 a day without the above restrictions.
    Minimum lifetime + 70 years contract required."

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 3:13am

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    "Thankfully, Utah policymakers appeared to realize fairly quickly just how backwards and anti-innovation this made the state appear."
    Policymakers didn't realize anything.

    It was the sheer volume of businesses outraged they couldn't use the software.

    The only difference to this situation is the lack of bipartisan dispute, making the bill easy to pass through legislation. The number of businesses easily overshadowed the smaller broker lobbying.

    That's how true government works. /s

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 11:36am

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    Stopped reading at "Dianne Feinstein".

    How the hell this person is in charge of "intelligence" anything defies logic.

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 10:05am

    Re: Master keys for the front door


    They'll just hit up Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, and/or Facebook and copy their data, since people willfully give up their privacy for a "Like" vote.

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