They would, but don't forget this is the same country where a private organization goes around smacking small ISPs with court orders not even meant for them for fuck's sake, to get the small ISPs to ban TPB.
However, as the article rightly notes, the commercial enterprise is in educating lawyers, and thus not a general anti-piracy practice. Although still sort of shady in my personal view, I can see how this does not constitute a direct conflict of interests.
Why is this even necessary?! Apparently, you can void your hardware warranty by installing software (from TFA):
it simply means that by installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on their current (or future) ProLiant hardware that they won’t nullify any kind of hardware warranty
But how does this even work? Also: as TFA notes, it's unclear who is endorsing who here, with HP being extremely profitable and all, but wouldn't it be cheaper for HP to just not be a little whiney kid about what kind of software you can or can't run?
But here you are wrong. With SOPA, the public at large managed to find -- finally, I might add -- the supreme spot where to exercise influence over legislation. See, if corporations control politics, it's no use trying to influence politics directly. But if we can influence the politics corporations push for, which we demonstrably can, we can influence politics. Therefore, your point that people don't matter anymore is false.
(snip) I don't have any ideas about how to deal with the members who are not online much, of course.
Make available computers to use specifically to browse the archives and related activities? Seems quite reasonable. Also attach a printer so they can print it all and study it at home.
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