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Comment: Re:Sell your Amazon stock now! (Score 1) 92

by TheoMurpse (#48852909) Attached to: Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

The musical adaptaion of The Lion King had a ten year run in London.

Not just that - you'd be hard pressed to find more than a couple popular musicals on Broadway right now that isn't one of three things: (1) revival; (2) jukebox musical [i.e., one that is a thinly-written story wrapped around a Greatest Hits album]; or (3) big Disney production.

Comment: Re:Stands to reason (Score 1) 181

by TheoMurpse (#48852623) Attached to: NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

Correct. The US hacked a hostile nation's government, one we're technically at war with, that has repeatedly declared it will attack the US and has fired weapons at our allies, and that kidnaps our allies' citizens.

North Korea hacked a private corporation's network to disclose random people's private information and to engage in artistic censorship.

Totally equivalent, yup.

Comment: Re:Last Sentence (Score 2) 322

It's not really that. It's that you have a right not to be forced to incriminate yourself, and if you are forced to turn over encryption keys to something, you are admitting that the media is yours. If there's something illegal on the drive, this would be self-incrimination (admitting "this illegal stuff is mine").

I remember this being a hot issue when I took Evidence in law school years ago. Of course, it being law school, we really didn't talk about anything useful. ;)

Comment: Re:Region locked movies (Score 1) 648

by TheoMurpse (#43214493) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

What does this mean (if anything) for region-locked movies - can I legally break the region lock (or buy a player that does it) so I can watch a movie I bought overseas?

Not comparable issues at all. This opinion is only about re-selling items.

In your implied analogy, the book is the DVD, the re-seller is a re-seller. This case essentially says you can buy a Region X DVD in country X and re-sell it in the States provided that the Region X DVD was legally made. So this means if you buy a legal Chinese DVD in China, you can sell it in the US. It does not mean you can buy a pirated DVD in China and sell it in the US. It does not say anything about region unlocking.

You should always read SCOTUS cases narrowly. Anything that the decision of the Court does not rest on is called "dicta" and has no controlling authority, but merely persuasive authority. This means if the decision of the Court does not rely on a statement in the opinion, then that statement can persuade other courts, but it doesn't instruct them to do anything.

Comment: Re:Very strange breakdown of votes (Score 2) 648

by TheoMurpse (#43214345) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

The breakdown of votes is very different to what I'm used to seeing on Supreme Court cases – you've got Breyer, Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor, and Kagan in the majority, and Scalia, Kennedy, and Ginsburg in dissent.

Actually, if you look at actual voting records, it's not unusual at all. 2012 2011. In 2012, of note is that the lowest affinity with the majority was Sotomayor at 82.5% (she was around 79% for 2011). This suggests all justices, regardless of political affiliation, agree more often than they disagree. If the breakdown was along conservative vs. liberal lines like the media would have you believe (hot Supreme Court catfights! more on TMZ!), you'd see a lot more clustering somewhere closer to 50% than 90%.

Also note that the links above are just for the opinions. Those are the ones that are supposed to be most controversial of all the SCOTUS hears!

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