While I don't have a problem with the idea of taking the profit out of crime - isn't this exactly what they (LEOs) are doing? profiting from theft? I would stipulate that for there to be an "asset forfiture", two things should happen: (1) there should be a conviction for a crime that directly resulted in the aquisition of the asset, and (2) the original "owner" (victom) can be identified so that the entire "asset" can be returned to the "rightful" owner (no withholding or "fees" by the LEO). If either of these conditions fail, then they should not be able to seize the asset. This type of rule is the only way to prevent the very corruption we are seeing so much of now.
I don't buy music. I don't download music. (I can't HEAR music.) I have a 70+db hearing loss; by legal standards, I'm deaf. Why should I be forced to support people that choose a profession that has zero value to me? (Note to Tech-Dirt: I was really interested in your podcasts. Unfortunately, I can't hear those either.)
"Biotech company patent genes found in donated sample, then sue doner for patent violation"
In "discovering" genes, the biotech company did nothing to develop them, so why should they be able to patent them? Tests and procedures? OK .. but not, under any circumstances, naturally occuring genes from anything.
On my iPhone, all incoming messages have grey background. iMessage outbound have blue backgrounds and SMS has green backgrounds. The difference? iMessage will send over wifi (if available), avoiding usage caps from my cell carrier while SMS is ALWAYS through my cell carrier. I appreciate knowing who isn't subject of overage charges!
of the “Broken Window Economics” concept – a logical fallacy. With or without this agreement, the total number of car sales made between the EU and NA remains about the same. With this agreement, the total net change in car sales is zero; that translates to no real growth. (So .. why should we be doing this again?)
The report says that US persons serving overseas were not targeted and that conversations were not shared "solely for entertainment purposes". That's not quite the same as saying "We didn't listen in" or that "We didn't pass recorded conversations around". This phrasing suggests that they both do listen in (for non-entertainment reasons) and that, when they get a "good one", they possibly do pass it around.
Next, she'll sue all young women who are relatively slender, have longish blonde hair, wear red a bikini and the audacity to make a peace sign while holding a cell phone. Personally, I find the resemblance to be pretty superficial. I've heard of the game; until this lawsuit, I'd never heard of HER.
After I started reading the comments here, I checked my iPhone - and sure ehough, there was this "U2" album that I knew absolutely nothing about. I'm not a U2 fan - in fact, I don't think I've ever listed to a single track they've ever produced. What U2 suffers from most of all in this household isn't piracy, isn't "free" .. it's obscurity. And that is far, far worse! (Took three hours to get U2 off my iPhone. My time is worth something to me, so that is no where near "free".) Artists (and musicians) produce their art because they're artists, not because they make money. Artists have no "right" to make money; they DO have a right to try. Once the focus is money, however, they're not longer artists, but, rather, they become businessmen. Some people assert that you can be both artist and businessmen. As a rule, I tend to disagree. An artist produces a representation of what they feel. A businessman produces things that sell. It's very rare that these attitudes co-exist.
I read and share TechDirt because.... Similar to Jen Hoelzer (from previous story), I find TechDirt to be highly educational. You cover the stories that main-stream media won't, and you do so in what I see as being a fair and balanced way, including links to back up what you're saying and even giving opponents (not really the right word, but I can't think of a better one) an importunity to disagree. You don't censor comments for disagreeing with you. Even though I don't live in the USA, your posts are highly relevant to me. You've even managed to change my opinion of a few things (such as copyright) .. and, believe me, that's not an easy thing to do. You've done it, not by telling me I was wrong, by by simply presenting facts ... and explaining them in terms that even I can understand. I comment on TechDirt rarely; most often, what I would say has already been said by others.