For a Seth Rogen movie, it wasn't bad. Certainly no worse than most of the other movies he's done. I thought it was funny personally.
1.) It's not theft.... more like counterfeiting but even that doesn't quite fit.
2.) Digital piracy has been with us as long as digital electronics. And distribution systems as long as the Hayes SmartModem. PirateBay isn't unique. There's plenty of other alternatives out there. The PirateBay raid also had no serious measurable impact on worldwide piracy. And most likely, they'll be back. Probably with something more distributed.
3.) Are you seriously arguing the folks who wrote the initial FTP client and server "enabled thieves" by not building in rigorous rights-violating DRM from the onset? DRM and BS like it violate the rights of many to preserve the rights of a handful of people. Most of them already pretty well off. It also makes preservation of creative works much harder later on down the road. And in the end, every scheme is broken if there's enough interest in breaking it so it's all wasted effort and money anyway.
Remove the sockpuppets in DC and we basically DO have a corporation-state. As far as that goes, we invade whoever the hell we want with almost complete impunity. We've generally sucked at it since the '40's. It's never been quite as profitable since.
Likely a DDOS from Anonymous....
It would be interesting if the DPRK *IS* responsible for the Sony hack.... now.... Sony is twice as big as the DPRK from a financial standpoint. Can Sony hire a bunch of mercenaries to retaliate or nuke the DPRK and call it self defense? If corporations are people and people have a right to defend themselves with weapons if necessary..... is a corporate army in the US legal?
Awww... cry me a river. UK cops actually have to engage in police work to catch criminals instead of resorting to outright criminal or at least very shady methods to catch them. I guess the UK and US govts shouldn't have abused the power we entrusted them with.
Want an easier time catching criminals? Stop BEING criminals.
Personally, I think if law enforcement, the civil courts and the MPAA don't have a right to force Google to do their jobs for them. I also think that due process for individuals still exists and the MPAA shouldn't have a right to tell Google to pull content without a court order or valid evidence.
So yeah, this guy kinda needs to be sued. Google has done nothing but try to balance the rights of these greedy bastards and the rights of individuals. Google has spent a ton of money to implement functionality just to help placate these morons while pissing off its user base.
And if people don't get their pirated content with a Google search, there's MANY other trivially easy ways to find it.
We shut down movies now over terrorist threats of 9/11-style attacks?
If they are so worried that a few hackers could hijack a plane, and pull this off successfully, that they are willing to sink a multimillion dollar film that's probably already in circulation on the net.....
Why do I need to have people try to feel my nuts at the airport and treat me like I'm entering jail?
If they can't stop a few nerds with laptops from hijacking a plane, how can they ever hope to stop an actual skilled boogie man terrorist jihadist child molestor movie pirate? I know a lot of us play flight sims but come on..... f**king seriously? This is a whole new dimension of retarded. Why couldn't someone do this when they were about to release Titanic or Pearl Harbor?
The problem there is the 10th amendment. If the constitution doesn't say they're allowed, they aren't. It's for the States to decide. The 10th amendment has been ignored for about a century which means legal precedent and existing decisions hold more weight than the actual law. So they made sure any case that would be in OUR favor was shot down a long time ago when the Feds decided to tighten their chokehold before, during and after the civil war. Unfortunately racism pushed by the rich slave owners funding the fight for the South overshadowed any and all of the other perfectly valid reasons half the country wanted to secede.
It's simple: you can't. They won, let's face it. There's nothing anyone can do.
Unless they make the same mistake the Nazis did and start persecuting the rich, no one will have the funds or manpower to organize an effective resistance. And due to very effective media manipulation techniques, anyone else who tried to rise would be labelled a lone, kiddie murdering, child molesting, atheist, serial rapist that preys on cute rich white girls.... and boys. And the cops will obviously be in fear for their lives as they shoot you in handcuffs.
They aren't making the same mistake the Nazis did. This is not race warfare. This is not religious warfare. This is CLASS warfare. And you aren't part of their class but they will never truly admit this to you directly. They'll just have you pulled over for your car being too old, shoot your dog in the backseat, and tell you to stop resisting as they cave your face in with onlookers doing nothing because you dared look them in the eye. And the perpetrators of the violence will investigate and clear themselves. Welcome to 21st century America.
A recording is my property. Deleting it is destruction of my property. Yeah, lock the f**king cop up.
Yeah, so they clandestinely compromised your software and network transceivers and near silently passed legislation to make it all retroactively legal tacked onto other bills instead. That'll teach you to stick up for your rights you worthless proletariat.
Like that bit about Congress deciding parallel construction due to NSA cellphone taps does not violate your 1st, 4th or 5th amendment rights. We all know damn well that those assholes were NOT representing their constituents when they voted on that one. If that passes SCOTUS, basically all is lost and everything just gets worse until it affects rich folks enough that they get pissed off, arm a bunch of people and organize.
Make no mistake, the current regime (government and large corporate) views you as the enemy. An inconvenience in their way. And the more inconvenient you are, the less they care about breaking any and all laws to see you silenced or discredited. Welcome to Hell folks, it only gets worse from here.
People say they are going to kill people all the time and normally, it doesn't happen. Murder is a crime. Why not focus on that? If speech isn't followed by actual action or credible evidence of conspiracy, it's just someone blowing off steam.
And the success of an artist and where they perform typically has no bearing on whether they are really an artist. I play guitar, bass and write music but I don't play out anywhere or expose people to it much. That doesn't mean I'm not an artist and that doesn't mean a song I write about violent revolution and gutting DHS is a "threat" and not art.
In fact "You" is a very general target of violent threats in metal music. Should all the bands be locked up for millions of counts of terroristic threats?
This was a kid blowing off some steam artistically, I doubt he even had the means to carry out what he was rapping about. This is an assault on free speech. Point blank. And letting this pass *WILL* be a severe slippery slope that will kill artistic expression in America.
And what about thrash/death metal bands? Are their lyrics a crime too? Like Exodus, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Kreator, etc? Are metalheads and punk rockers now all retroactively now considered terrorists?
This is seriously f**ked up. The Supreme Court better inject some sanity here or things are about to get stupid.
Personally, if Cox and other ISPs continue to say they aren't "common carriers", then I say this lawsuit should go through and Cox should be held responsible for everything that LOOKS like an MP3 or AVI that traversed their network and be charged with a separate count of criminal copyright infringement for each file. They are facilitating piracy after all, they even directly control the speeds at which it flows through their network.
I don't think being in your 30's is a death sentence as a SysAdmin. Especially in small to mid-sized environments. Keeps consulting costs down and overnight miracles can be performed in regard to legacy systems which would leave a lot of the younger folks clueless. And a lot of us are old enough we can even break out a soldering iron if we have to and not burn the building down. It's vendors convincing business owners that dropping everything in the cloud and letting us slide into being irrelevant phone jockeys calling in tickets that threatens our existence.