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Comment Re:Seems simple enough to reverse this strategy (Score 4, Insightful) 224

Columbia claim that the works for which they send takedown notices violate the copyright in their new movie. As the works concerned were created and put online before the movie was created, then one of two things can be true. 1) The works do not violate the claimed copyright, or 2) If copyright has been violated, then it is the Columbia movie which violates the copyrights in the earlier work(s). In either case the takedown notices are invalid and abuse of process.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 132

However, barring geolicensing creates a new set of problems by itself. It would mean that licensing costs for movies, tv series and sports events would skyrocket as the potential target audience is multiplied, while the stations will more or less keep the same number of viewers.

Which would not apply to a subscription channel (such as Canal+ or the various Sky packages) as, irrespective of the location of the viewer, the maximum size of the target audience is known - the number who subscribe to (a package containing) that channel. For pay-per-view, the number of viewers is even more accurately known.

Comment Re:Totally sucks (Score 1) 99

Now, you are getting screwed, and he's not going to stop because he has rabid lawyers on his side and if he doesn't "defend" his trademark, he's going to lose it.

But the OP says that the app had been available for 5 years before the trademark infringement claim was made. So either the OP is not infringing because of prior use or the claimant has not been "defending" his trademark.

Comment Re:LOL democracy! (Score 3, Informative) 253

Cameron is staunchly anti-freedom. What's tragic is a majority of British liked this and voted for the man and those that didn't are forced at gunpoint to come along for the ride.

No, the majority of the the British people did not vote for him. Firstly, only about 65% of those eligible voted and of those only 36% voted conservative. So less than one quarter of those registered to vote voted for him.

Comment Re:This is not a matter of neutrality (Score 1) 438

I have dozens of competitors (ISPs) to choose from. Granted that there is only one 'cable' provider (Virgin media) but there are dozens of ISPs offering ADSL or VDSL (normally referred to as 'fibre broadband' even though it is delivered over copper from the street cabinet). Each ISP has their own backbone/peering arrangements and either run their own DSLAM/MSAN in the local telephone exchange or have trunk connections to their Points-of-Presence. Thus, even though the service is provided to the end-user through the 'common' copper connection (which only affects the DSL sync rate), the service parameters, routing, IP address allocation, peering etc are all controlled by the individual ISPs.

Comment Some ideas (Score 1) 276

1. Return first the results which exactly match the search terms.

2. Do not include results where one or more of the search terms only exists in an advert on the page.

3. Re-introduce a feature which an early search engine (I think it was AltaVista) where you could specify a search term to be 'near' another.

4. (more important in languages other than English) Allow you to specify that any tense, person or case of a search term be matched (eg if searching in French, *aller would match any of 'vais', 'vas', 'va', 'allons', 'allez', 'irai', 'allâmes' etc)

5. Allow you to restrict the results to those where he search terms are actually rendered on the page when you follow the link.

Comment Financial Institutions outdated (Score 1) 23

While I know that it is a generalisation, but many financial institutions seem to be using these deprecated TLS/SSL options. For example not supporting any PFS ciphersuites and some even only offering RC4 even to modern browsers. This despite their claims that 'security is one of their top priorities'. Financial institutions are amongst those most in need of good data security, so why are they still using these outdated protocols?

Comment Why no commentaries on R5 Live Sport? (Score 1) 65

The BBC story and blog states that many R5 Live Sports commentaries are 'blanked out' because it is available worldwide and the BBC do not have the world rights. As it is radio, the sound consists mainly of the commentators talking, and these are BBC commentators so in effect the BBC is saying that they do not own the copyright in the words spoken by their employees (intended for broadcast) as part of their employment. Or to put it simply, the BBC own the copyright to the commentaries made by their commentators - so they also have the right to broadcast (whether by radio or IP) wherever they choose. So this is a fatuous argument.

Comment Re:Starting with him? (Score 2) 329

And also repeal the official secrets act and make public all communication between civil servants. After all, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Governments need to remember that they are the servants of the people not the other way round,

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