Oh yes we can. Which law exactly requires you to cancel the orders because there may be some infringement?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but even a received DMCA notice requires the provider to only render the content inacessible until the issue is resolved. Proactive denial of service to paying customers just because someone may file one in the future is not just cowardly, it's plain stupid.
I've just returned from a "discussion" between some of the representatives of Latvian ministries, and it seems that the "brakes" are just put to "calm everyone down". It was obvious that they still intend to ratify it no matter what, and for most of the "discussion" the representatives just kept talking about how it's all already in EU and local laws, and TRIPS and other agreements, and nothing is going to change (which is bullshit).
When I pointed out some of the most obvious bullshit (the definition of "commercial scale", which does not exist in TRIPS or local laws), the answer was that "yeah, this one is kinda not what we have, but that's ok, because, well, "criminal" in ACTA does not necessarily mean "criminal" in Latvian law (what?), and there's still no reason to worry. And then the topic was swiftly changed. I'm pretty sure "discussions" everywhere else work in a similar way.
But well, at least in this discussion we did come to conclusion that discussion is needed. Great success.
I sincerely don't understand why they bothered to film the video. The point is conveyed perfectly in the first seconds of opening sequence. It basically reads:
A cartoon everyone loves has been watched over 1.6 billion times by people who would rather break the law than not watch it and we didn't bother to cash in a dime on that audience, even though simply uploading them to YouTube legally would bring at least millions without any effort at all. Please kill YouTube for not offering us more.
"crowd funding" enforced by government agencies is called a "tax". It's usually employed when society needs the people in question to keep those jobs. "over 2.4 million" entertainers is a bit more than required.
> The contract this was done under was written long before anyone had considered the digital market.
The copyright law was written long before anyone had considered the digital market. Yet it's the same people you're desperately trying to defend who are willing to keep it alive and enforce it in any way possible [when it suits them].
Sadly, there are some security problems with this otherwise great idea (which is why WebSocket support was "temporarily" pulled out of major browsers after being successfully put in.
One might wonder, how could it happen that such gaping holes weren't noticed by anyone, but then again, with all this intellectual property shit one can easily forget there sometimes are real problems to solve.
Definitely, the world would be better if Google magically stopped indexing "pirate" content and instead there would appear a ton of alternative search engines for "pirate" content exclusively. Oh wait, they're already there. And they sure will be happy to take over some of Google's market share. Because, as we all know, killing Napster stopped piracy, and killing Limewire stopped it again. Maybe crippling Google will help too.
Omigod, I love it how everyone wants to bring down Wikileaks. Let's assume it really is possible e.g. using some very secret computing technologies to break the public key in just a few weeks and wipe all 20k (by then) official mirrors, and assume no unofficial suddenly appear, and...
...so what about that full cable collection that's already in possession of no one knows how many Wikileaks insiders? Hey, should situation above really happen, any of you guys can feel free to just contact me and we'll set up http://thissitehasnothingtodowithassangeorwikileaks.org in about 15 minutes! We'll even change the logo!
Seriously, if someone got hold of *my* private chat logs, I'd be very, very nice and polite with that person. Because they already HAVE them. Not much you can do about it.
I don't remember whether it was mentioned here on Techdirt, when half a year ago a guy managed to download almost whole Latvian state revenue service database and frightened officials for a few months. He was found though, eventually, and his HDDs confiscated, but he was alone. Wikileaks is not really the case.
Techdirt has not posted any stories submitted by a sad dude.