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  • Aug 22nd, 2017 @ 9:18am

    Re: Re: Another reason to cord cut

    Apart from the likes of myself who's phone won't allow me to due to it being rooted.

  • Aug 22nd, 2017 @ 8:56am


    I second pretty much all of this,

    I use netflix and cunchieroll for tv shows, movies and anime, but YouTube is my main source of entertainment, the main thing I like is custom shows or fan made shows, and recently the latest is artists like "Steam Powered Giraffe" doing live concerts on YouTube to which you can watch for free and donate if you enjoyed it which I tend to now and again.

    Saved my soo much since I've cut the cord and I am in the UK where we have a little more competition but still only have 2 main cable/tv providers, but if your not fussed about the extra channels you can use Freeview here where 95% can get HD TV for free with an EPG

  • Aug 22nd, 2017 @ 8:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 'Doing it wrong'

    It is indeed yes,

    Most shows get added on to iPlayer just after airing and are on for a set period of time, 14 or 28 days, often they will put entire series of things on from time to time, for example to celebrate dad's army one year they put the entire collection on to watch.

    But that isn't an apples to apples comparision though as iPlayer isn't a subscription service, it's paid for by the tv licence holders, (Acctually come to think of it you sort of are paying for it if you have a tv licence)

  • Jul 25th, 2017 @ 7:48am

    Slight difference though

    Unlike McDonalds, Data doesn't run out though, it's not as though there is only a set amount of data to the ISP, Bandwidth is a different kettle of fish.

    I accept McDonalds may run out of Burger A, but as a sorry they offer 2x Burger B, or extra chips, or drink, or apple pie, I have no issue as it's not like they are doing what the ISP's do and screw over their customers at every moment possible to get as much money out of them as possible.

  • Jul 12th, 2017 @ 5:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Why Not?

    This is a very good point, and to counter your point of Zazzle being liable because they allowed others to order uploads from other people.

    Should TechDirt be liable because someone posts text from a book that's copyrighted and they lose their safe harbor because others could read it. (I will preface that this isn't a perfect analogy)

    But to your second point would you go after a factory that made items to order for someone, no you wouldn't they only did what they were requested to do, they don't check the copyright's or that the person ordering has the rights to reproduce the work in such a way, so you go after who placed the order in the first place and is selling the items.

    In my view (Usual IANAL blerb) this stems from the fact that both law's don't cover what is happening here, one law covers half of the business and another law covers the other half, this is another example of the law's being outdated for todays economy and in dire need of being updated for the better.

  • Jul 12th, 2017 @ 4:44am

    Re: Re:

    Good point, I would probably lean on the side it's not possible, even if it were to be matched, there would be false positives, how would they know if there is a licence agreement between the copyright owner and the uploader?

  • Jul 12th, 2017 @ 4:41am

    Re: Why Not?

    Why shouldn't they get safe harbor? the whole point of it is they are protected, regardless of what the users are using their systems for, once notified via the DMCA process provided they take down the design and no longer print/sell any more there should be no issues, they have fullfilled their end of the deal.

    The failings is on this company for not notifying them of the infringing content, had they notified them, and they continue selling the items then they lose their safe harbor protection.

  • Jul 11th, 2017 @ 7:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Good that there's a protest

    Do you happen to have any evidence to support your second point?

    I never recieved any communication from EFF other than website adverts till I signed up to their newsletters and such, I also note that you can unsubscribe from them.

    The unsubscribe thing is a big deal, as it means I had to subscribe in the first place therefor precluding it from being spam.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 8:04am

    Re: Convert what file?

    I will agree with you in what you said, my view of DRM still stands, I should have clarified that I was talking of DRM in general to get my point over of why it's just a tool for control of content more than anything else and how it causes more harm and such than any benefits it brings.

    The other things I mentioned about the likes of the brower being in a DRM enviroment where code is downloaded and run without your control or intervention opens you up to many many risks.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 5:20am

    Re: Re: Stealing?

    The objection to DRM has nothing to do with the ability to steal products, for me it's more to do with the fact I want to have the right to do what I want with what I've bought.

    If I want to convert a file so it can play on a device of mine I should be allowed to do so, I don't see why I should be beholden to using a set of approved devices just so I can do that.

    DRM has been shown time and time again not to work and if anything have a bigger impact for legimate customers where as pirates get a better experience. (https://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2017/06/rime-denuvo-cracked-faster/)

    Also as has been said elsewhere DRM will section off a part of your system which you will no longer have control over, part of which will be your browser, given the issues with browser exploits being used to turn machines in to drones for botnets, take over the brower experience or do download more nefarious things such as Cryptoware I would rather these not be locked in to a DRM safe zone where I can't remove them or prevent them in the first place, just for a minute, think of the damage that could be done if some malicious code were to be in some advert as they are now, but this time it's protected by DRM so your AV, Malware protection or whatever can't see or stop it, just think of the damage this could do wide scale.

  • Jun 28th, 2017 @ 6:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The contract is work for hire, not to assign the copyright of said work, Although there is a section stating that all the rights of said work will be the sole property of Imigos.

    Even if they refused to pay a single penny, Alex still wouldn't own the copyrights, she would need to go to court and prove the breach of contract and have the rights assigned back to Alex by the courts.

    Also to note even if the work for hire was for another project, Imigos still own the copyright for said music, so at best she will have a claim of breach of contract, just because it may have been used in a different project doesn't mean she own's the copyright for it outside of the first mentioned project.

    What Alex is doing is pure and simple abuse of the DMCA, I've heard Lenord French has taken up this case for Imigos and is asking if others want to use him to file cases against Alex, one youtuber/Twitcher has already proved that they have lost thousands due to the false claims thus can file for these and hopefully they win and this will bring light to the way the DMCA process is broken.

  • Jun 26th, 2017 @ 9:10am

    The timer has started

    I wonder how long it will be before encryption or VPN are added to this list?

  • Jun 20th, 2017 @ 9:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Getting wealthy takes luck.

    I think what they were alluding to is the way that Studio's get paid sevral times over, there are some artists who's bill to studio's has gone up over time even though they pay them back.

    So if a studio loans a band 100k, the promotion, fee's, studio costs etc etc all come out of that 100k, then as the records sell the studio takes's their cut, they leave the band with a very small proportion, which has to be used to pay for the production of said media, then after that whatever is left goes back to the studio to pay off what they loaned them, this way the band some times never break even with the labels or studios.

    As for the movie industry some if not most of them do some amazing maths to show that films like the highest grossing movie of all time (Taking inflation in to account) has never made a profit and as such hasn't paid out to some of the staff, so I refuse to believe that people are going unpaid because of any other reason other than hollywood accounting:
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110912/13500315912/hollywood-accounting-darth-vader-n ot-getting-paid-because-return-jedi-still-isnt-profitable.shtml

    The industry doesn't want indie artists as they are making a product that engages with the pubic, and in return they are making money out of it, and the labels aren't.

    And are you seriously telling me that Disney would no longer bother making anything else ever if Mickey Mouse went in to the public domain, 70 years after it's creator died?

  • Jun 20th, 2017 @ 8:22am

    Re: Re:

    I don't think anyone has any problem with this persay, it's more the fact the money and goods are being taken from people without cases being brought against people, the items are found guilty, point and case is the suit brought against (And I am not making this up)US Govenment Vs $124,700

    There should be due process, Yes sieze the money, but a case MUST be brought against the owner, if convicted and found guilty they the items are gone and become property of the state to be used to help people that are victims of crime seeing as the products are a result of said crime.

    If found innocent then the defendent get's it all back, 100% of it.

    That's how it should work but it doesn't.


  • Jun 20th, 2017 @ 8:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Live and learn

    There is no such place, the so called experts that have appeared on new sites in America have been shot down in amazing fashion when in the same sentence he proclaimed that Birmingham was a no go zone, I mean come on, I was in birmingham recently, it's not a no go zone, the place is a huge city.

    Yes there are area's within the UK such as places in London where the population is mostly non english but that doesn't make them no go zones, if anything there was quite a parody made of it afterwards.

    It would be nice if you could back up your claim of locations in london where Sharea Law rules?

  • Jun 20th, 2017 @ 6:03am

    Re: Re: Wow...

    Doubt it, Somehow the label will get the rights, if the rights are assigned to a label, and it's 70 years after death, does that mean we have to wait for the industry to fail then 70 years later all his songs go in to the public domain?

  • Jun 20th, 2017 @ 5:43am

    Re: Re: Live and learn

    if it were me and I did things differently, I would have filed charges against every one of the persons caught with the drugs or such, anyone else would have been free to go without any seasure.

    The difference between the number of car's stopped, quantity of drugs located, and the number of people charged is way off.

    I law was designed with best intentions, but when departments start creating shopping lists or basing their budget around asset forfiture then it's not being applied correctly.


  • Mar 10th, 2017 @ 9:56am

    About time

    It's about time someone finally stood up to MPAA and RIAA goons.

    For too long have they attacked anything they don't understand, prime example will be Jack Valenti claiming that the VCR was as bad as the Boston Strangler, RIAA claiming MP3 players will kill music.

    Why in this day and age, do I have to pay a tax for every blank media I may buy that is a copyright tax because it might be used for copyrighted media?

    Hopefully other countries will follow suit soon.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbarro/2012/01/18/thirty-years-before-sopa-mpaa-feared- the-vcr/#1d7a73c25c8d

    http://www.mtv.com/news/1433638/riaa-files-suits-to-halt-sale-of-portable-mp3-p layer/


  • Mar 1st, 2017 @ 6:18am

    Re: Tee Shirt??

    Only if I can have the right to repair it when the threads come undone?

  • Feb 20th, 2017 @ 4:23am

    A little support from over the pond

    I've donated what I can afford to help, from over the pond looking a lot of these types of cases from outside the US, I wonder how things have gone one like this for soo long, it's obvious to see that the system get's abused by the people that can afford it.

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