This should be pointed to any time someone prominently wants to promote forcibly backdooring encryption. Ask them what happens when (not if) the backdoor keys are released via hack. If the NSA cannot keep its own stuff secure, how do we expect a multitude of law enforcement agencies with the backdoor keys to all keep those keys safe?
If they went after RYM in the US for this, it would be subject to US laws, and the First Amendment would apply, I would think. Something can be totally scummy, and still be protected speech. In fact, that's one of the key points of the FA.
If they went after them in the EU, even if they won, when they tried to collect against a US company they would quickly run up against the Speech Act. Foreign judgements that would not have gotten past the FA in the US cannot be collected in the US.
Both the FA and the Speech Act are critical instruments for defending free speech here in the US. But we have to accept that it protects the speech of jackasses as much as the speech of saints.
That was copyright, and was settled out of court. Not sure we ever found out the exact terms of the settlement.
I know that COH from almost the beginning forbid copycat characters, and was pretty good about finding the infinite Wolverine clones and "Generic"ing them. That was an ability that the GMs had to give a character a random name and look. Pretty effective way to remove copyvio characters.
This, pretty much. I like to keep my online and offline life separate. I've used the same online handle for a *long* time, and have left quite a history trail. But I don't go around offline broadcasting what that handle is. Nor do I like to have much identifying information available online.
One reason for this, among many, is that as a Wikipedia admin, it's practically in my job description that I'm going to be pissing people off now and then. I enforce rules, and often enough am telling people that they, or their band, or their company, or their organization, etc., do not meet the requirements to have a page on Wikipedia. People do not like being told NO. And limiting their ability to track me back to my offline self just seems like a prudent way of handling things.
DISH is currently in the middle of one of these with Time Warner. Something like 8-10 TW channels have been gone from DISH for a couple of weeks now, including CNN, Cartoon Network, and others. The biggest annoyance, personally, has been Cartoon Network, which was one of my son's favorites. But with them gone, we're doing without quite fine. And the longer they are gone, the less important they will be whenever they eventually return.
Not to say that his actions up to this point have been smart, but that would take the stupidity to a new level. So far he's been attacking someone who 1) doesn't particularly want to fight back, and 2) has been going out of her way to take the high road in the whole thing.
Going after TechDirt (or better yet PopeHat) would bring directly into the fight some of the people on the internet most guaranteed to fight back, and fight back hard. About the only internet personality/entity worse to go after would be Randazza. :)
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