I find it amusing that Righthaven has become such a joke, and is apparently so irrelevant and uninteresting, that replies to an article on them focus on the article's grammar content and have little to do with the article or Righthaven.
"What was that? Was that an article about Righthaven lossing again... whatever... but look at this one tiny tidbit of grammatical inconsistency"
They could even make some money off it. Make it an internet site pay-per-view (as other suggested) but at a minimal cost. A couple of bucks only and with the advertising, you'd pull in an insanely massive amount of people.
I'd not only be willing to pay $2 US to watch it, but would be enthusiastically looking at the calendar each day waiting for it.
On like minded forums, having your real name displayed is unlikely to discourage hateful comments if the rest of the forum is likely to agree with the comment.
I fully agree with this. I would even take it one step further, in that if others appear to agree with the hateful comment it then "feels" easier or safer for others to continue that line of comments.
I see real name displays as only helping to quell comments if the rest of the forum/thread disagrees with the original comment. If it agrees with it or even passively allows it, there is a chance it will actually encourage similar comments from others.
I don't see the concept of a digital signature by itself adding an significant value to digital media. In general, anything that is digital can be replicated to infinity both legally and illegally. So any uniqueness due to signatures, as with physical book signings, is lost.
However I do like the idea of personalized messages. If the messages are somewhat unique (not just all "to my best fan 'insert name'") then it does add a personal feel for that buyer. And isn't that one of the various reasons people buy premium items, so that they can own something unique that connects them to the creator somehow?
While a novel idea, being digital it probably won't add any real perceived value past the original buyer. Thus while it will allow for a few higher priced books/albums/etc to sell to some, it probably won't ever become a ground breaking concept that everyone embraces.
I see this as a nice "add-on" to more traditional digital avenues when marketing and selling items. A good additional option to help connect with fans, but nothing that would stand purely by itself.
Which is good, because with the potential offender* filing information requests the government officials now have "documented proof of subversive activities" toward the government. Which makes it easier to legally fight the offender* when the offender* complains or attempts to sue after finding the newly hidden GPS tracker under his/her car.
Which was placed there using completely legitimate "court documents" that just happen to be filed over... ummmm... hmmm... well that isn't important, we'll get back to you on the location later.
(*subnote offender: see entry for 'anyone who questions government activities or actions' in local references)
--sarcasm over, returning to your normally scheduled program--
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