Mr. VALENTI. And 6 out of 10 films do not retrieve their total investment period. Now, what are you going to do right on top of that? There is going to be a VCR avalanche. Exports of VCR's from Japan totaled 2.57 million units in 1981. No. 2, the United States is the biggest market. No. 3, February 1982, which is the latest data, shows the imports to the United States are up 57 percent over 1981. This is more than a tidal wave. It is more than an avalanche. It is here.
Now, that is where the problem is. You take the high risk, which means we must go by the aftermarkets to recoup our investments. If those aftermarkets are decimated, shrunken, collapsed because of what I am going to be explaining to you in a minute, because of the fact that the VCR is stripping those things clean, those markets clean of our profit potential, you are going to have devastation in this marketplace.
Now, is this all? Is it going to get any bigger? Well, I assure you it is. Here is the weekly Variety, Wednesday, March 10. Head1ine, "Sony Sees $400 Billion Global Electronics Business by the Decade's End," $400 billion by the decade's end. In 1981, Mr. Chairman, this United States had a $5.3 billion trade deficit with Japan on electronic equipment alone. We are going to bleed and bleed and hemorrhage, unless this Congress at least protects one industry that is able to retrieve a surplus balance of trade and whose total future depends on its protection from the savagery and the ravages of this machine.
Now, the question comes, well, all right, what is wrong with the VCR. One of the Japanese lobbyists, Mr. Ferris, has said that the VCR -- well, if I am saying something wrong, forgive me. I don't know. He certainly is not MGM's lobbyist. That is for sure. He has said that the VCR is the greatest friend that the American film producer ever had.
I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.
To put it simply, the MPAA survived the zombie vcr apocalypse, the cable industry can survive this.....
I think the bigger issue is that the US govt can do no wrong, it is a god.
It *claims* to be good, without looking to see if what it is, truly is, good. For some unfathomable reason, it thinks that it cannot be corrupt, with all that money pouring into it. Point is, it derides nations that do THE EXACT SAME THING, WITH THE EXACT SAME REASONS, but no, it is good because.... US govt is good(?)
so I asked in a chat i frequent, and "Sounds like the FBI has a case of the stupid" - German citizen.
A question though, why in the hell does this NOT run afoul of the CFAA?!? It DID access a computer without the user... owner's permission. That should carry a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Please look at this and take a very very hard look at this warning, because the second this shit happens in the US, the same shit will happen in the US, and it won't just be VPN users. I can guarantee it.
Online newspapers, NYT, etc. and online news channels (Fox, MSNBC, etc.) are acting as such, Newspapers, and to my knowledge, Newspapers never had a ... public comment section, it's all about the next headline. Sites like TD, are more like... online magazines, in my opinion
Let me ask this to TD readers, How often do you go to "news" sites, Fox, etc. on a regular basis, as opposed to going to said sites via links from external sources (reddit, twitter, etc.)
Now how often do you come to TechDirt to see what is going on. I mean, How often do we come to TD regardless of external linking?
by definition, TOR is primarily used by bad people. People under authoritarian regimes are going against their government, that is inherently bad, people should follow the laws of their countries and all.
Reporters use it to keep sources confidential. That too, is bad, there are laws (at least in the US) that protect anonymous sources going to the press. Again, you need to follow the laws to be a good citizen.
It *can* be used to obtain cheap life saving medicines. Again, you need to follow the laws, life saving medicines are already cheap (at least in the US). So you are being a *bad* guy by breaking the laws.
Champaign-Urbana is a big college town (U of I has main campus there).
but yes, 1982 Texas vs Johnson and recently the WBC decicion clearly states that unpopular speech is still free speech. I may not agree with it, but it is still their right to say what they want (within limits of course). I mean, if a Florida pastor can get away with burning a holy book....
this actually highlights a bigger issue... the terrorists have won, and will continue to win when things like this happen, it's because they want us to be afraid, and because we are acting as such, we are clearly afraid, scared little kids. The terrorists have indeed, instilled terror into our collective psyche.
Colonial history (in regards to the Americas) is directly tied to US history in that the Catholic church held a great deal of power over the politics of Great Britain, hence the establishment clause of the 1st amendment.