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Comment Re:DMCA reform (Score 4, Informative) 224

Apparently, part of the problem is that Vimeo has a DMCA copyright 'strikes' system where a certain number of 'strikes' gets your account deleted and you're banned from the site. It seems that the main issue here, other than the hassle of filing a DMCA counter-claim, is that when you get the DMCA claim pulled, Vimeo will put your video back on their site but, they do not remove the 'strike' from your record. The short version is that if you get enough bogus DMCA claims against your account they will delete your account and ban you from their service even though you did nothing wrong beyond happening to name something you created too close to a name a major studio chooses to use in the future.

Comment Re:sign only that you represent author, not infrin (Score 4, Insightful) 224

IANAL but, it seems reasonable that the courts could impose some penalty for robo-signing the DMCA take-down notices as they are legal documents. Even the big banks had to pay huge penalties and redo mountains of legal paperwork for doing the same thing (robo-signing legal documents).

Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 363

Wow, I'm tired...

Hmm... supposedly unedited portions of a highly politically motivated video. You can see why we would consider them suspect. Even unedited, carefully selected sections of video, taken out of context, can convey a very different message than one in context. Now, if they were to release the unedited copy of the entire video than your statement of allow the public to decide might be valid, though the video itself would still remain illegal.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 2, Insightful) 363

Hmm... supposedly unedited portions of a highly politically motivated video. You can see why we would consider them suspect. Even unedited, carefully selected sections of video, taken out of context, can convey a very different message than one in context. Now, if there were to release the unedited copy of the entire video than you statement of allow the public to decide might be valid, though the video itself would still remain illegal.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 5, Informative) 363

Except, it doesn't apply. This case is about videos that are shown to be about factual events that are displayed in a truthful format that are both covered under the 1st amendment and would likely also be protected under whistleblower laws. The "abortion tissue" videos aren't covered under either. The 1st amendment does not protect you in cases of libel, slander or creating a public danger and whistleblower laws do not cover non-employees in most cases. The supposed Planned Parenthood videos were blocked by a court of law as they were found to be, at best, a carefully edited mischaracterization of a meeting where what was likely a completely legal conversation was warped into an apparent conversation about an illegal act or, at worst, a complete fabrication created by paid actors to switfboat Planned Parenthood during an election year. Either apparent version of events would put the video clearly in the category of libel and therefore, not protected speech by law. Though we do not know all the facts in the case yet, the judge found enough evidence that the video was libelous to put an injunction against further release until it can be investigated fully.

Comment Re:Applications? (Score 4, Interesting) 92

With current fuels, no. However, if you can build engines with much higher melting points the options for fuels grows and you may get an engine with higher power, better fuel efficiency or both. Or you could just end up with a really expensive paper weight. That's why modern companies are so skittish about R&D.

Comment Re:Yeah, but... (Score 1, Troll) 167

Wow. Could that statement have been any more racist? People like you act like the person looking to exchange an honest days work to feed themselves and their families are Al Qaeda terrorists looking to kill you and your family. Get some perspective! Yes, the immigration system is broken but, they're not bad people (most of the time).

The people, not all Mexican, standing outside Home Depot, etc are just looking to make a living. If you hire them, you know what you are getting: uninsured, likely unskilled labor at cut rates. If it isn't done right... well, you knew what you were getting into. If it needs to be done right, get a licensed contractor in good standing.

We can predict everything, except the future.

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