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Comment Re:Damnit! I'm torn! (Score 1) 231

Seriously, everybody on /. seems to assume that every single patent infringement lawsuit is a "patent troll." But patent law is a lot more complicated than that.

No. Nearly every software developer on the internets seem to assume that every single software patent infringement lawsuit is "patent trolling". That's because it is.

And I imagine that about nine out of ten people here would have the exact same reaction if Microsoft ripped off their product: let's sue.

You really believe nine out of ten people here would file software patents? You obviously haven't been paying attention.

Comment Re:All For It (Score 1) 253

The RIAA giving radio a compelling reason to play independent artists is exactly what we need. They can only hurt themselves.

Sadly, this is incorrect. Via the SoundExchange FAQ (by way of Wikipedia because those idiots have a broken Flashtastic site): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoundExchange

"SoundExchange collects and distributes royalties for all artists and copyright owners covered under the statutory licenses; these parties do not need to be members of SoundExchange for royalties to be collected on their behalf and distributed to them."

Yes, SoundExchange has the mandate to collect royalties for indie artists as well. And good luck getting them to pay out -- they'll no doubt have trouble "finding" you. I'm not sure what that implies it also applies to songs released under CC or similarly permissive licenses -- while the CC license specifically addresses the performance right, I wouldn't be surprised if SoundExchange still claims a statutory right to collect.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky