Is it possible to simply apply a "Mike" filter when I'm browsing the comments on Techdirt. Every comment that starts "Mike" seems to be written by some fucking nutter who should go out and get a proper job.
As for me, I'm going to go back to the important job of stacking the cat muzzle shelf at the Glastonbury Tor gift shop.
Am I the only person who doesn't think Kim Dotcom is a slimeball?
Commercial scale is when someone notices that you are earning money and wants it for themselves.
The sole purpose of the USPTO is to stifle progress.
The biggest thing that comes out of those numbers is that bands who make money out of merchandise and concert tickets should absolutely love people who do p2p - they are the customers who will make the bands rich - they should do everything they can to encourage them and show they love them in every possible way. Any hint that they dislike them would directly cut into their profits.
Having briefly looked at their website I see that the NLA is a private company created by UK's eight national newspapers to protect their interests that arise from copyright law. They don't seem to have powers delegated to them by parliament. The thing that worries me is that I don't see what's stopping them from saying it's not just copyrights relating to physical newspapers - they also control rights relating to their online equivalents. And it's not just music, it could relate to any area of interest in which they publish. And why stop with PR agencies? At which point, if you Tweet the headline of an article from an online paper, then would the NLA expect to charge you for having published that Tweet?
Weirdly, Apple seem to think that if they employ some mildly clever technical bullshit to take the piss out of the judges that they will never realise. They seem to think that the army of savvy techies out there will side with them. But they are actually siding with the judges and pointing out every tiny detail of the way they are being mocked by Apple.
Everyone is getting out the popcorn waiting to see in what way the judges demonstrate their authority. And they have to - the judiciary can't tolerate being held in contempt.
But Apple's big miscalculation might be that they are turning their own customers against them. They are sabotaging the Apple brand.
If everyone in a club were to wear headphones playing their own music, but synced to a timecode that unifies the beat would GEMA have any basis on which to levy charges?
Surely someone can invent a way of letting the party continue?
Why doesn't Dish simply block all Fox channels on their device? Would anyone miss them?
I'm unclear whether the "funny" button means "I am laughing at the stupidity of the person who said this". That's the only reason I click it.
"would their be fees awarded"
Scott - would you say it is a disability?
This is a law that makes it illegal for the US government to delete legitimate user data on Megaupload?
Just patent the three-legged table. They require no leveling.
It sounds suspiciously like someone at Sony said to Jerry Lambert "I'll make sure you never work in this town again".
In my innocence I thought I would pop over to the US patent office website and say "hey guys, this was a silly patent, you shouldn't have issued it" but discovered a bureaucratic institution of infinite complexity. I'd rather spend the afternoon restocking the cat muzzles in the gift shop.
Unfortunately I discovered this week that my bag-of-Skittles-every-lunchtime habit appears to have given me diabetes. No more sweets for me. All joy has left my life.