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Comment: Re:Bad law... (Score 5, Informative) 232

by ATMAvatar (#46627609) Attached to: Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

Maybe you should watch it again. Forward the video to 2:54, where it narrates the following quotation:

During the lifetime of the patent, its disclosure may inspire other inventions.

As the quote is read, it shows an Appe II, then a Macbook. Immediately afterwards, it shows an iPad and an iPhone.

Comment: Re:Living in 1925 kinda sucked (Score 5, Insightful) 516

Also, why in God's Green Earth are we talking about regressing to the 1920s? When did we give up on progress? When did poverty become an acceptable condition?

It became acceptable (to those making the statement) around the time it became obvious that you cannot concentrate the wealth of the world much more than it already is without placing most of the population into poverty.

Comment: Re:Sour grapes (Score 5, Informative) 381

by ATMAvatar (#46499919) Attached to: <em>Sons of Anarchy</em> Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy
Devalued content helps the consumer all the way up until the flow of new content stops, and there is no indication that it would, even in a world where all content was distributed for free. I might have more sympathy for the guy if the big content producers didn't also bribe Congress to extend copyright duration to a point where something produced in an average person's lifetime will not enter the public domain until after they're long dead.

Comment: Has this been a large problem? (Score 5, Insightful) 256

Despite the prior news story about a guy getting off for upskirt photos, this law seems like a solution looking for a problem. Has upskirt photography been such a large problem in Massachusetts that a law was required?

I would have thought basic social pressures and shaming (lets admit - people doing this *are* particularly creepy) would do a better job at limiting the number of offenders, and the rest would do it anyways.

With a law on the books, particularly one with the possibility for felony charges, I wonder how many times we are going to read about misapplication of the law. Do you technically run afoul of the law anytime you take a photo where a woman in a skirt is elevated from your current location, such as a place with an elevated walkway? Do you risk arrest for taking a picture in a location with an escalator or glass-walled elevator like many shopping malls? even if you are close to neither one?

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