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Comment: Re:Correct, but silly (Score 1) 68

by PopeRatzo (#49806397) Attached to: Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?

That's not the way fair use works. If I write a review that includes quotes from your novel, I have created a new work that makes fair use of your material. You are NOT now a joint owner of my review. If you choose to reproduce my review, even if it contains your content, you are infringing. (Unless of course you can make a fair use argument yourself).

That's not even close to what happened in this case.

Comment: Re:Correct, but silly (Score 1) 68

by PopeRatzo (#49806387) Attached to: Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?

TFS mentioned that adding the comment was unlikely to be the basis of transformation. It is transformative because of the radical context change which creates a commentary on the medium in the same way Marcel Duchamp transformed a porcelain urinal into art by placing it in a gallery and titling it "Fountain."

Andy Warhol using an image of a Campbell's Soup can in his art did not mean Campbell's had to change their can or stop selling soup.

I don't believe there's any case against Mahoney using the image she made. I'd like to see it go to court.

Comment: Re:Not a snowballs chance! (Score 1) 108

by PopeRatzo (#49806153) Attached to: The Patriot Act May Be Dead For Good

How is this insightful? The Patriot Act is less than 36 hours away from expiring, and all signs point toward the extension being filibustered into defeat.

It's insightful because only some provisions of the Patriot Act will expire, and the FISA court will continue to do whatever they want.

Laws as sweeping as the Patriot Act don't just go away.

Comment: Re:so what about all the *other* stuff? (Score 1) 108

by PopeRatzo (#49806135) Attached to: The Patriot Act May Be Dead For Good

As for the other activities, well, this is how spying gets done. That is how you spy on people in this day and age. With all of the justified criticism of the NSA, it would still be bad if they couldn't spy at all. They do, in fact, have a function to fulfill, and it is a function that needs fulfilling.

Why don't you unpack that statement a little bit? What is the domestic function of the NSA?

If you said anything besides, "It doesn't have a domestic function" then you are wrong. The US government is not supposed to be spying on US citizens. If there's some foreign government or organization that's communicating with an American citizen or permanent resident in order to commit a crime, just get a goddamned warrant.

Comment: Re:Insects (Score 1) 44

by PopeRatzo (#49803463) Attached to: First Ultraviolet Quantum Dots Shine In an LED

I have an application for this where I'm using 365 to 395 nm older style to attract bugs efficiently.

Come on, give us a few details. Are you collecting the bugs for research or are you using the lights as bait for your backyard zapper? Or are you collecting bugs to feed to your pet iguanas?

That's too tantalizing a statement for you not to tell us a little more.

Comment: Re:outrageous (Score 1) 322

by PopeRatzo (#49803139) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

So arrest and prosecute the federal agent for attempted murder. He's the one who should be in jail. Not Ulbricht.

You don't think facilitating the transaction for a hitman for a percentage of the price should be a crime?

Remember, Ulbricht got a cut of the money for every single drug transaction on Silk Road. It's as if he bought a downtown building and rented it out to drug dealers (and hit men) and got a cut for every single transaction.

I know there's a belief that the Internet is a magical place where laws should not apply, because it's digital!, but that's just not how it works.

Comment: Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 1) 322

by PopeRatzo (#49802385) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

I won't even get into the issue of the Anarchist claims that ANY government is necessarily illegitimate, coercively imposing its will on people who did not pre-approve this and are not attempting, themselves, to coerce others.

I think you just got into it.

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