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Comment Re:Opportunity (Score 3, Insightful) 272

There is no punishment for even malicious DMCA takedowns. It's "kill them all and let God sort them out" behavior.

And that was done *on purpose* to shield the "Rightsholders" from any harm (the strong worded "bla bla penalty of perjury bla bla" -- believed by some to be a check-and-balance -- in fact protects them too, namely that noone can run an extorton racket by make false claim of representing the "Rightsholders" -- to ensure any money flows in their direction and not some fraud).

There should be a "strike" system for takedowns too; x many false notices and you can only submit on paper, and this time on penalty of perjury that the work in question infringes on the work being claimed. That can eventually lead to JAIL TIME.

Submission + - It's Time to Go Nuclear Against DMCA Abuse->

Lauren Weinstein writes: We must make it expensive with a capital "E" to voluntarily file mass DMCA takedowns that are sloppy, haphazard, and likely to negatively impact significant numbers of innocent parties.

It has to cost. It has to cost big time.

Such abuse has to be made so expensive that even the entertainment industry moguls with the gold-plated toilet seats will start to feel the pain.

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Submission + - Firefox's Secret Requests 1

An anonymous reader writes: Unlike older versions of Firefox, more recent versions will make a request to a destination server just by hovering over a link. No CSS and no javascript needed. Try it for yourself. Disable CSS and javascript in Firefox and fire up iftop, hover over some links and watch the fun begin. There once was a time when you hovered over a link to check the "real link" before you clicked on it. Well no more. Just looking at it makes a 'secret request'.

Comment First forcing European countries, NZ/AU, etc. (Score 2) 174

First strong-arming European countries and down under (this is hidden in news articles as "under enormous pressure", those in the know need no more than that) to adopt web-blocking laws (I think Portugal is the latest with a 6-week end-to-end process?), then later pointing at the "international standards" to get this in the US and Canada as well. Disgusting, how the Copyright Lobby (a/k/a MAFIAA) works.

Comment Geocities (Score 1) 114

I remember when "everyone" that got online, wanted to start their own website on e.g. Geocities. Easy to set up, pictures (animated 'E-mail' icon) happily copied from wherever you found it, etc. Now the Dark Side (copyright mafiaa) is taking over and soon it will be illegal to link to "unlicensed" content, and soon thereafter it will be illegal to link to links to "unlicensed" content.

Comment Re:Backers don't want DRM (Score 2) 128

Because the vast majority of people saying they want a device without DRM don't understand that all of the CONTENT that they want (netflix, hulu, amazon video, etc) is using DRM.

Yeah, right. I guess we all understand around here that a lot of the content they want (YouTube, *Tube, D:\Downloads\Videos\) is not using DRM.

Comment W10 Fix Pack (Score 1) 296

Hopefully someone will release a noob-friendly, W10 Fix Pack that removes all the unwanted crap, disables all included spyware, and installs useful things like Classic Shell, Firefox & Chrome, some other useful utilities/codecs etc. and optionally freeware games. But you'll see the mandatory updates (which should make MS liable for any damages, but that's beside the point) will quickly break this.

Comment Microsoft (MSFT) to buy Slashdot (Score 1) 552

Microsoft chairman John Thompson announced today its intention to buy Slashdot Media from DHI Group Inc. "It's our intention to buy these two properties [slashdot & sourceforge] from DHI; first thing we'll rename it to Backwardslashdot, as that's more in line with our corporate culture, and that other thing we'll need to look at." Asked as to the reasoning behind the acquisition on the financial reporters conference call, Thompson added "It's a bit like when Ballmer bought Skaip... Sky-pee... this will all become clear in the near future."

Comment Re:That's copyright for you (Score 1) 292

You misread. OP specifically writes the current copyright laws. And yes, they are ridiculous: overbroad, ridiculously complicated, in part based on undemocratic "trade agreements", and with a copyright term that is utterly absurd, clearly meant not to protect the work itself, but to prevent competition from historical works with contemporary works. Just imagine each and every audio/visual recording from the 1970s and before becoming public domain, what an enormous wealth of culture would become available, for free or a minimal access fee, to everyone. Even if you assume that for a "Creative Industries Improvement Fee" of say $250,000.00 per work a copyright could be extended for another 20 years (e.g. a "Star Wars", "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", or the "White Album" by the Beatles, etc.).

And I currently pay hundreds of dollars per month to access and/or own licensed copies of copyrighted material, many of which I could just as easily access for free, thank you very much.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.

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