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Comment: So the "industry" is harmed. So what? (Score 4, Insightful) 187

by John Hasler (#43563507) Attached to: Hollywood Studios Fuming Over Indie Studio Deal With BitTorrent

> The fact of the matter is BitTorrent is in it for themselves, they're
> not in it for the health of the industry.

The fact of the matter is the studios are in it for themselves, they're not in it for the health of anyone but themselves. And that's fine, but why should the rest of us give a shit about their health? So Cinedigm's innovative move might cause movies to become less expensive and owning a studio less profitable. So what? That's competition.

In fact, if the studios have some sort of agreement not to make any of their "properties" available via BitTorrent they should be sued for engaging in a restraint of trade.

Comment: Re:slow news day? (Score 2) 631

by John Hasler (#43402499) Attached to: No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

> So in your world would firefighters be required to pay for
> meals and housing while they stay at the fire station and
> have that reflected in their income tax statements?

Unless exempt in-kind payment is taxable.
The law says that meals and/or housing provided "for the convenience of the employer" (i.e., you can't really do your job unless you eat and/or reside there) are not taxable income. The same applies to vehicles. This clearly does not apply to Google and their free meals should always have been treated as income to the employees.

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