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Comment: Re:775 fine for permanently disabling two people?! (Score 1) 200

by mazarin5 (#40114781) Attached to: Texter Not Responsible For Textee's Car Accident, Rules Judge

In my city, you have to keep the sidewalk clear of ice. You can get a $100 penalty for not doing it. It's rarely enforced unless they're trying to lay pressure on an absentee landlord, or if you live in a wealthier area.

Anyway, if somebody slipped and hurt themselves because I didn't maintain my sidewalk, I would totally get slapped with a $100 fine. The city wouldn't pursue it further because that's all I've done wrong. On the other hand, the person who slipped could sue me for medical bills, etc.

In this case, it seems that he got a typical penalty for distracted driving. Probably closer to the maximum, given the circumstances, but I'm not sure. He'll still end up paying the injured couple more directly in a different court.

Comment: Re:Good ruling in THIS case..... (Score 3, Insightful) 200

by mazarin5 (#40114691) Attached to: Texter Not Responsible For Textee's Car Accident, Rules Judge

Don't you understand why? If you watch a youtube video with a song in it, you're depriving the artist of money for their work. It's just like cutting off the hands that played the instrument. But in today's society, these rights are held by corporations which are made up of thousands of people. That's thousands and thousands of hands that you cut off on purpose. Of course there's a higher penalty than smashing off two legs accidentally!

Comment: Re:Ruling doesn't affect Internet blocking (Score 1) 316

by mazarin5 (#35147854) Attached to: Feds Settle Case of Woman Fired Over Facebook Posts

I think you are wrong.

Putting something in print is "publishing" it and thus you extend that to "putting something on Facebook is publishing because it uses text and it is observable by the public". This is IMO false. A status update on Facebook isn't publishing, at least not in the same way that putting an ad in the paper or writing a newspaper article is publishing, nor is it like writing a lengthy blog post. It is more like saying something in public, only you are doing it with text.

The employee isn't necessarily publishing, but they are making criticism available.


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