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  • Insult To Injury: Mandelson Wants Those Wrongly Kicked Off The Internet To Pay To Appeal

    ChrisB ( profile ), 28 Jan, 2010 @ 08:21am

    Line from the linked article

    I haven't been following this Digital Economy Bill as much as I should but this line from the linked article struck me as insane:

    It [the digital economy bill] proposes that those downloading over a certain level a month could have their internet connection suspended,...


    Did the article get this right? Is it not just downloading infringing content, but how much you download?

  • Legal Fight Over Billboards About Trademarks On The Hotness Of Your Wife

    ChrisB ( profile ), 27 Jan, 2010 @ 02:39pm

    Re:

    That was a good find, made me laugh.

  • 'Public' Consultation Over ACTA In Mexico Almost Required NDAs, Blogger Removed For Tweeting

    ChrisB ( profile ), 22 Jan, 2010 @ 08:13pm

    Re: Re:

    I actually used to find your comments enlightening because they provided an opposite view of my own but....wow...you have gone off the deep end:

    Sorry, I have to correct you on something (I make the mistake in wording at times as well). Society as a whole does not mean that everyone gets an individual vote on every item, nor do they get some sort of magical veto power.


    Do you understand that we live in a Democracy? Yes, the US is not a true Democracy in that each citizen has a vote on every item, but we elect people who are supposed to serve the WILL OF THE PEOPLE. These elected officials are supposed to vote based on the will of their constituents. We vote people into office to vote for us, because we all cannot be there.

    Are you really saying that the Government, who we elect to serve us, should ignore the will of the people and create laws in secrete? Really?

  • Debunking The Silly Complaints From People Who Don't Like Social Networks

    ChrisB ( profile ), 15 Jan, 2010 @ 10:31am

    Re: Re:

    Seriously, the information I get from some social networking contacts can be better than the so-called "journalists" being paid to write.
    Hell, I get my favorite Journalists on twitter. For a rabid sports fan, twitter is a god-send. I follow my favorite beat writers and journalists to get updates about transactions, and notices when their stories / blogs are posted.

  • Supreme Court Says No Cameras In The Courtroom

    ChrisB ( profile ), 14 Jan, 2010 @ 01:17pm

    Re: Disagree with one part

    Except if you read even the summary, you would realize that THEIR TESTIMONY IS ALREADY BEING RECORDED!

    "Do they not realize that, without a single camera, the San Jose Mercury News is reporting live accounts that include the names of those taking the stand? That special interest groups will be Twittering their testimony as they speak? That there are already websites identifying Prop 8 supporters and where they live?"
    The camera's would not change anything, all it would do would be to add another distribution channel.

  • How Many Questionable Assumptions Can You Layer On Top Of Each Other To Estimate Bogus 'Losses' From Unauthorized iPhone App Downloads?

    ChrisB ( profile ), 13 Jan, 2010 @ 08:49pm

    Re:

    Except it is not all about getting stuff for free. When the 1st gen iPhone and the iPhone 3g were released there was NO app in Apples app store that could shoot video, yet you could pirate one. This is what Mike talks about when he says that it is a failure of a company to provide what the market wants.

  • School Wants To Claim Copyright Over Any Lesson Plans Created By Teachers

    ChrisB ( profile ), 11 Jan, 2010 @ 03:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    How about the countless hours that Teachers spend AT HOME creating these lesson plans? Should the Government have control of these lesson plans?

    Where in the article did you read that these were created on the clock? What I read is that they want to claim Copyright on ALL output, "created by a teacher with direct or indirect support from the school." Which might control even the lesson plans created at home, if it is based on the school curriculum...

    This is sounding pretty shady.

  • Bakery Claims Trademark On Smiley Face Cookies; Sues Competing Cookie Firm

    ChrisB ( profile ), 07 Jan, 2010 @ 02:18pm

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    This is a good idea, but cruising their website I do not see one instance where they claim Trademark on the "Smiley Cookie." If they do have a trademark on the "Smiley Cookie" shouldn't they have to show that on their site?

  • If You Only Share A Tiny Bit Of A File Via BitTorrent, Is It Still Copyright Infringement?

    ChrisB ( profile ), 20 Nov, 2009 @ 02:56pm

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    This would be an interesting argument to bring up in court: Ask the RIAA to show what the defendant actually uploaded. Not the generalized whole song, but the actual bits. I wonder if trying to open/play that broken file would sway a jury...

  • ASCAP, BMI And SESAC Continue To Screw Over Most Songwriters: 'Write A Hit Song If You Want Money'

    ChrisB ( profile ), 19 Nov, 2009 @ 01:11pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You guys scare me.

    "Why shouldn't he? He's using something that you as the artist or I as the engineer created really just for the purpose of marketing himself."

    What about that Painting behind the bar? Should the bar owner pay the artist each day that a customer walks up to the bar and looks at the Painting? That is art, sold by an artist, but somehow musicians are special because their artwork only last 3 minutes and then has to be replayed?

    How about those custom bar stools? Do we need to pay that artist a fee everytime somebody sits their drunk ass down on them?

    What about that Sculpture in the corner?

    Those photo's of bar patrons hanging on the wall to the bathroom?

    "A potential customer has heard a great song which they've shown enough interest in to at least investigate further, and both the customer and the industry has been failed at the first hurdle. We should be recompensed for that loss of a sale."

    I call bullsh*t on this. It is not a lost sale if the customer who hears that song would never have bought it in the first place, nor chose to play it on the jukebox! It's not a lost sale if that customer put money into the jukebox to play the song in the first place.

    It is a false assumption to think that everybody who likes a particular song would purchase it if it wasn't available on a jukebox at their local pub.

    Personally there are some songs that I like to listen to but I would never purchase them, nor would I miss them if I never heard them again. This situation is not a lost sale, ie: if I keep hearing the song or if it disappeared off the face of the earth I would never have bought it.

  • Monster Madness: Monster Energy Drink's Hired Trademark Trolls Go After Movie Monster

    ChrisB ( profile ), 20 Oct, 2009 @ 03:35pm

    Re: Bad advertisement is good arvertisment?

    Musicians, Artists, Actors, all claim that there is no such thing as bad press as it is a bigger problem for nobody to know who they are than for people to hate them.

    I am positing that Brand Recognition can be viewed in a similar light.

    It is better to be recognized (good or bad) than have nobody know who you are.

  • Monster Madness: Monster Energy Drink's Hired Trademark Trolls Go After Movie Monster

    ChrisB ( profile ), 20 Oct, 2009 @ 02:44pm

    "At what point does Hansens and Monster Energy Drink realize that in this deal to outsource trademark bullying to Continental Enterprises, they've done significantly more harm to their own brands?"

    Well it is getting Monster Energy Drink in the news...

  • Revisiting The Replicator Analogy: How Infinite Goods Create More Jobs

    ChrisB ( profile ), 12 Sep, 2009 @ 12:09am

    Scarce goods are where the money is at

    We have the technology to make music files infinite and free, but that will never change the fact that listening to a song on your iPod is drastically different than listening to the same song live, and sharing that experience with other people. This experience is scarce.

    The money is not in listening to the song on your stereo, think of that as an advertisement to get you to purchase the actual scarce material: Live Concerts, t-shirts, records, meet-and-greets...etc. The songs that are played on the radio provide a window for the musicians to advertise themselves and drive business to where they make money in scarce goods.

    There will still be a business for the musician (as they provide concerts); there will always be a job for managers (as not all musicians at more than making music); there will always be a job for song writers/editors/producers. These things will not change when music files become infinitely free. The CD makers will lose a job, but so did the Buggy Whip manufacturers in their time.

    Advertising companies have been using music to sell other scarce goods for decades, so why is it so hard for people to understand that this is where the music industry is inevitably heading. The music files / songs on the radio are not what make the artists money; it is the concerts and other scarce goods associated with the musician that make the money. The song files are the commercials for that artist.

  • Revisiting The Replicator Analogy: How Infinite Goods Create More Jobs

    ChrisB ( profile ), 12 Sep, 2009 @ 12:09am

    Scarce goods are where the money is at

    We have the technology to make music files infinite and free, but that will never change the fact that listening to a song on your iPod is drastically different than listening to the same song live, and sharing that experience with other people. This experience is scarce.

    The money is not in listening to the song on your stereo, think of that as an advertisement to get you to purchase the actual scarce material: Live Concerts, t-shirts, records, meet-and-greets...etc. The songs that are played on the radio provide a window for the musicians to advertise themselves and drive business to where they make money in scarce goods.

    There will still be a business for the musician (as they provide concerts); there will always be a job for managers (as not all musicians at more than making music); there will always be a job for song writers/editors/producers. These things will not change when music files become infinitely free. The CD makers will lose a job, but so did the Buggy Whip manufacturers in their time.

    Advertising companies have been using music to sell other scarce goods for decades, so why is it so hard for people to understand that this is where the music industry is inevitably heading. The music files / songs on the radio are not what make the artists money; it is the concerts and other scarce goods associated with the musician that make the money. The song files are the commercials for that artist.

  • Cash4Gold Sues Consumerist, Complaints Board Over Reports On Cash4Gold Practices

    ChrisB ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2009 @ 12:45pm

    Isn't there a saying...

    Doesn't it go "There is no such thing as bad press" ?

    I mean wouldn't their advertising costs go down if their company became a household name? Couldn't this be a company looking to take advantage of the Streisand Effect? In effect have this become such a big deal and have their name become so widely know, then "clean up" their image, and rake in the dough.

  • Apple Now Censoring A Dictionary iPhone App?

    ChrisB ( profile ), 06 Aug, 2009 @ 09:26am

    Maybe......

    Maybe the definitions used for the "objectionable" words were not your standard definitions, but more of the Urban Dictionary definitions. ie: Screw - to have sex...

    This is the only rational explanation that I can come up with...but I haven't even seen the contents of the app yet.

  • EU Court Says Simply Taking Someone's Photo Can Violate Their Civil Rights

    ChrisB ( profile ), 06 Feb, 2009 @ 10:38am

    In this down economy, here is a new opportunity to make money:

    1. Go the the UK
    2. Walk around the tourist attractions
    3. Sue the pants off anybody who catches me in a photo of said tourist attraction.

    ...horrible, horrible decision.

    More thoughts: How about if a News camera "photographs" someone? The tape might not make it off the cutting room floor, but it sounds like from this ruling that if they taped you it would be in violation of your rights.

  • Bad Decisions: Judge Allows Evidence Of Suicide In Lori Drew Computer Fraud Case

    ChrisB ( profile ), 17 Nov, 2008 @ 12:20pm

    Re: well

    I agree with mike, the suicide has nothing to do with this case. She is being charged with Computer Fraud! Not harassment, not murder, not abuse. FRAUD. It is very sad that this girl died because of what happened to her, but the suicide does not have anything to do with the charge of FRAUD.

  • Amazing What You Can Do When You Don't Sue Your Fans

    ChrisB ( profile ), 26 Sep, 2008 @ 11:12am

    Re: Spot on

    I also took this survey, not because I love his music, but more because I like what he is doing with his music. Hopefully what Trent is doing will help transform the music industry.

  • The Doctr Is In

    ChrisB ( profile ), 04 Oct, 2007 @ 06:52am

    Kaiser is doing this kind of diagnosis already. They have Advise Nurse Practitioners who you can call and can tell you not to worry or to get your butt in to the hospital. You can also trade emails with your doctor for consultation. This is all at no extra charge. Although you do have to be a member.

    For example my son had Pink Eye. I knew he had pink eye and I hate going to the hospital. So I called the Nurse and described his symptoms. She prescribed some meds and that was it. No co-pay on a visit to the Doctor, no waiting for hours to see the doctor, just pick up the meds in an hour.

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