isds can be used to sue governments to reduce rules on food safety, and eg increase patent lengths on drugs, it,,ll increase drug medical costs for all eu countrys ,reduce grey imports, eg us can imports cheap drugs from canada . us companys can sue if they want to bring fracking , most eu countrys theres no fracking ,we have higher environmental standards than the us. imagine a eu company sueing a us state , detroit etc cant afford large legal bills , They ,ll do what the eu company wants, eg countrys are being sued over cigarette packaging , look at record companys sueing jamie thomas for 1 million dollars , imagine this happening x 10,oooo . companys can sue cos a new law might reduce their profits , so big oil companys , drug companys will control all new health ,patent evironmental law in the eu. this is a direct attack on eu rule of law and democracy . russia may ignore a us court order , but france ,the uk don,t have that choice . isds is the worst idea since software patents , its a gift to lawyers ,big corporations , it routes around eu health and safety regulations . the eu needs to reject isds completely .
When you see for the children in a argument , you know the argument is going to be, is lets have less privacy,less civil rights, less internet freedom,or free speech, the us government has been hacked multiple times ,in the last year, Probably by china. more surveillance= more data as a potential target for hackers. There,s 1000s of poor people or old people who don,t use smartphones or have broadband . DO those people not get lost or have problems that put them at risk . This is like the awful sunday times article on snowden leaks , it could have been written by a government pr hack. it makes no sense, its just a call for more surveillance powers for the government . WE have no big surveillance system in ireland , theres other ways of helping people who get lost or who are at risk of suicide apart from mass surveillance .
The goverment could have said ok, we,ll give the record company 1 penny from the vat collected on cds, or they dont care. The uk needs a revamp of laws re digtal media ,and a fair use law to allow people to sample content , for parody,commentary, and education . like in the us. Also the uk has crazy laws on defamation. hence the lack of big startups in the uk , people have phones ,tablets,ipods, its simple , people who pay money , buy cds should be able to rip music for their own personal use to a phone or mp3 player. when everyone does something the law is an ass, it should not be illegal. it brings the law into disrepute . IS RECORD companys really gonna start sueing people for ripping cds, i doubt that they are that stupid.
Theres a simple solution,ordinary single common words or nos should not be allowed to be trademarked, eg 12 , man , blog, if theres more than one sports team, company with hawk in the name ,eg refuse all trademarks for hawk, or go hawks.
They have a patent on play lists ,where people can download ,episode ,s at regular intervals, hence they invented podcasting ??? Theres plenty of prior art to stop them, but someone would need to go to court and spend more than 500k,to invalidate the patent. Another example to show software patents are ridiculous. Take a a basic idea say do this on a computer eg heres a lists of episodes to download, thats obvious to any one who makes programs on the net.
WE do,nt have have software patents in europe, they are good for lawyers, for companys like apple ,microsoft to get money from smaller companys or reduce competion in the tablet, phone sector. I think many of the ms patents on android will be found to be invalid now that they have be revealed in china . as some of the apple patents have been shown to have no value , in the case against samsung. Meanwhile theres plenty of new software being invented in europe without software patents. IF someone writes a specific program its still protected by copywrite in the eu. Most off the big tech companys cross license patents, eg i don,t see ibm sueing hp, or apple even though ibm has 1000,s of software patents .
It makes sense to carry out that strategy if it destroys their profit margins ,meaning you can take over the pay tv market as seems to have happened in italy.ie you now have a monopoly with no one bidding against you when it s time to buy rights to broadcast sports at least on satellite in certain countrys.
A SMART card for itv digital is now worthless as the company is no longer broadcasting.
IT S like cable tv companys in the us ,in certain markets they drop the price ,other financially weaker companys in the area , go out of business , cant compete with a low price,eg eliminate competition in a market .Then
after a certain time raise your subscription price.
THE main reason itv digital failed was financial,they spent too much money buying up the rights to lower league uk football matches which no one wanted to watch ,sky tv had a better range of
channels ,hollywood movies and better sports packages,top tier ,league 1 soccer matches.OBVIOUSLY piracy did not help them to get new customers.
BY the way canal plus france had a similar encryption card which was also hacked some people say by the same hacker .I THINK they brought a legal case against news international,
but it was dropped ,news international bought vivendis , or canal plus, s digital tv service in italy.
see here for a more detailed article http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/26/ondigital-beaten-fair-or-undermined
you might say news international outspent itv,
they had more channels, better movies, better sport ,
so in the long run itv digital was bound to fail.
There was not the market for two large
scale satellite tv broadcaster s in the uk ,especially after sky tv bought up the rights to
most major sports including soccer .
IF You were cynical you might say pirate cards
were in skys interest AT that time because
the reduced the amount of paying subscribers to
itv, leaving sky tv the only choice if you wanted
to subscribe to sports/movie channels at that time.
I PRESUME sky tv got a better deal in the long
run, there was no other sat tv company bidding
against them regarding buying up uk sports/ movie
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