I thought the act of publishing was what started copyright rolling? Otherwise what's to stop me claiming that I wrote a Harry Potter novel first and JK. Rowing stole the idea from me. More realistically how am I supposed to know about pre-existing works that something I produce may infringe upon when it's not available anywhere?
So what happens if I start a site outside Spain links to the Spains news sites and let all the news aggregators in Spain link to that instead ?
There will be no fees for the aggregators to pay as my site is outside Spain and the news site are not going to be able to charge me as I'm not in Spain. I make a little money from the ads on my pages.
Or will they try to find some way to charge for secondary links ? That would be worse nightmare for everybody.
What happens if I lose the book or have it stolen ? Do I get sued for breach of my licence conditions for not returning it ? If I mess up my ear and have to resit it, do I have to buy the textbook a second time the next year ?
But it seems a monumentally bad idea to try to do this to bunch of people who are studying property law, I presume this book will touch on the first sale doctrine it some point. When they read that will they not question the basis on which they where sold it ?
I would suggest blocking everyone's home page in Denmark just to show how stupid this ruling is, and it has the double advantage it would also avoid having to see horrible flash animations some companies still put there.
Seriously though why should one company have a monopoly on such a common word as home ? They could probably block a good number of other websites on this basis. What next - Trademark a letter, say "i" - oh wait someone already tried that.
I wonder if anyone has done any calculations as to just how much data is going to be collected ?
If they just log basic information like the URL it's trivial to circumvent the logging. If they log every packet sent they are going to end up with a ridiculous amount of data. I have a small, unimportant website but it still often uses 200Gb of bandwidth in a month.
What about larger companies that host servers themselves ? Are they going to log all the incoming traffic too or is using a computer at one of these going to sidestep the logging?
What is to stop people running a program that randomly browses websites to pollute the data and dilute the chance of working out what that person is actually browsing. What about browsers that preemptively fetch web pages, what proof is there that any webpage was actualy looked at?
They are either going to have to do some serious filtering in real time and possibly lose the very details they are trying to find or end up with an humongous pile of data that is going to take some serious data mining to extract anything useful.
To me the whole thing sounds more like a plan to divert some more public money into their friends pockets than anything that is likely to produce useful information.
But this begs the question of just why drugs cost so much more in the US than in other countries.
As a citizen of a country with affordable universal health care for all I find it very strange that so much effort is being put in to defend a health care system that costs more per capita to run than mine but only services a diminishing percentage of the population.
Is this just another example of the way the US is so screwed up these days? The rich and the corporations syphon off more of the counties wealth into their own coffers while the 99 % suffer?
I somehow feel that 1984 has arrived already and no one noticed it. But the strange thing is we didn't need a ministry of truth to generate the opiate of inconsequential news that keeps today's proles happy and stops them thinking about the real issues that those in power don't want then to think about. Things like the perpetual wars against demonized enemies, the constant erosion of civil liberties and the growth of inequality of wealth.
I fail to see anyway making a better snowman is going to lead to life of fame and riches - or even how he is going to make any money this invention at all.
So why did me go to the effort and expense of doing this ? Is it for the notoriety of having patented something or is like the people who join Mensa because they have not done anything with their lives.
Or is it just that I'm missing some wonderful business opportunity that he has the vision to see?
I think the problem is the words we use to describe what is happening here. Why don't we stop saying that this quasi-judicial forfeiture is a "nonprosecution agreement" and call it a Government bribe to avoid prosecution.
Of course the problem is that then people might realize that the next step down this road is a shake-down not by the government itself, but by the government's officials. Welcome to the world's newest banana republic.