I'd never heard of her before, so the entirety of her reputation (to me) consists of "the dizzy blonde who tried to extort $6,000,000 out of a drugstore." Congratulations, whatever PR firm she employs.
It's close. I wouldn't confuse them; my first impression is of an attempt to circumvent Disney's trademark. That is, to give the impression of "well-known cartoon mouse" without ACTUALLY being Mickey®.
Question is, will that be enough? Sorta like having the color blue on a beer label to suggest "cold." Oh, wait...
"2) As lawyers, they know all the little tricks and loopholes available to drag things out and avoid any real punishment as long as possible, and unless a judge is willing to risk them getting a case against them thrown out on appeal due to a technicality, they unfortunately have to play along and make sure everything's done exactly right."
Ever try to sue a lawyer? I once had one flat-out refuse to pay for IT services done. It seemed pretty clear, I had the order for the work to be done, approving the price, and the guys signature, saying I had successfully finished it. When it came time to pay, he didn't want to, with all sorts of trivial complaints down to "disrupted office workflow by moving items on the secretary's desk."
Seemed open and shut, but three years later, MY legal expenses had exceeded the receivable from continuances, changes in venue, a judge recusing himself, etc. Worked the system and called in favors until I couldn't continue.
... in a sick, distorted way. If I read this correctly, he sent the defendants (or at least #3) his original disks and artwork, with the expectation they would be selling THOSE PARTICULAR DISKS, not digital copies thereof.
This is so far outside the way anyone actually does business, I can easily visualize some low-level employee ignoring whatever bizarre documentation was sent along and simply handling them in the usual way, including signing forms and posting the music in their online stores.
"I didn't send my photo to the newspaper to be printed in every copy; I figured they'd just paste it to the front of ONE copy and that would be that!"
"Just a quick note, your name calling of the president makes you look stupid and sound like a child, show some self respect and stop name calling the most powerful man in the world and maybe people will spend the time reading your comment instead of reporting it into oblivion."
'...some business deals will never come to fruition if a private actor's downside risk far and away exceeds its upside benefit."
And, of course, every single business deal MUST come to fruition? The whole point is not shackling the hands of citizens and governments to protect corporations. Let 'em evaluate risk, and accept or reject it, the old fashioned way.
There's no advantage for them in having this device exist, and the slight theoretical possibility that it could be tweaked for "piracy." Why WOULDN'T they try to destroy it? It's not like they have any interest in what's convenient for, or benefits consumers.
Sort of like when a thief smashed my car window to take 35˘ in change - why should HE care what it cost me, he's got the 35˘.
You'll play your movie from a disk, like your father did, and like it.
Ever wonder why the USA, collectively, is so concerned about intellectual property? because basically, we don't produce physical good anymore - imaginary stuff is all we have. Same reason we're trying to get out IP right enshrined in international treaties, instead of US law. If we don't do so NOW, we'll become irrelevant in a few years, as they rest of the world so stuff like this and begins to just ignore us.
Blasphemy! Every possible action must have the necessary written rules!
I'm not quite a senior citizen, but I well remember when people had the amazing capacity to settle their own differences. A serious conflict between gentlemen could be "taken outside", and if a woman was offended by something you said or did, you'd be shunned, berated, or slapped as appropriate and everyone would move on with their lives.
I used to think we'd become more civilized; but having every social interaction potentially monitored by law enforcement and the courts is not an improvement.
Realistically, Keurigs major competitor, Tassimo, already does this. The barcode provides cup size, pressure, temperature, and programmed-in pauses specific to that beverage. And you know what? It makes a better cup of coffee.
It has also blocked, just by coincidence, unauthorized suppliers of coffee for the machine.