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Comment Re:That's only part of the story. (Score 1) 60

Not per infringer, per lawsuit. Only way to get $5k per infringer is to sue each infringer separately.

38.1 (1) Subject to this section, a copyright owner may elect, at any time before final judgment is rendered, to recover, instead of damages and profits referred to in subsection 35(1), an award of statutory damages for which any one infringer is liable individually, or for which any two or more infringers are liable jointly and severally, ...
(b) in a sum of not less than $100 and not more than $5,000 that the court considers just, with respect to all infringements involved in the proceedings for all works or other subject-matter, if the infringements are for non-commercial purposes.

Comment Re:That's only part of the story. (Score 1) 60

It's not $5k per person, it's $5k per lawsuit. If they go after all 2000 infringers in Voltage v Does, they will be limited to $5000 statutory damages, if they choose statutory damages; they can still try to prove actual damages on a per plaintiff basis. Since actual damages is (lost profit of one copy of "jarhead")*infringer, and they actually have to prove those damages on a balance of the probabilities (i.e. everyone with open wifi routers walks), they're not going to make much money.

Comment Re:I'm sure they're grateful for COBRA (Score 2) 287

Sorry no, you've entirely neglected the fact that private healthcare leads to higher per-capita costs as insurers fleece their clients.Insurance companies aren't taking a little profit off the top, they're taking massive profits compared to their costs.

  The idea behind a universal health care system is that in such a system, you get the same or better health care for a lower price. It's not a matter of the government subsidizing your health care, it's a matter of giving increased power to the consumer, to prevent them from being fleeced in a transaction where otherwise they would have no bargaining power. And it works. In 2008 (the last figures I've seen, care of the WHO I believe), US health care cost per person was I think $6000/person, while the next-closest was Switzerland (which has a semi private system somewhat like the ACA) where health care costs were half of what they are in the US (I may have the figures wrong, but the proportion is correct, the Swiss pay half per person what Americans pay).

The long and the short of it is that the free market doesn't work as intended where one party has the choice of paying or dying. Government regulation is supposed to (and in most of the world, does) equalize the playing field so that the consumer doesn't get hosed by the insurance company or the service providers.

Comment Re:I hide my data in big wheels of cheese (Score 4, Insightful) 622

"And while 'big' providers like Google provide some degree of encryption, they WILL give up user data in response to a court order"

I believe the correct statement would be:

"And while 'big' providers like Google provide some degree of encryption, they HAVE GIVEN up user data in response to a court order"

Comment Re:Simple test (Score 1) 237

And on top of that, given that the video hasn't come out yet he's not in much of a position to sue anyone. What's he going to say, "I know it was you punks who faked that video, I was there the whole time!"

The authors of the video haven't revealed themselves, and the only way Ford could know who they are is if he was smoking crack with them.

Comment Re:Rapists! (Score 1) 212

I don't think you have to be a hero-worshipper of Assange to believe that there's a difference between facing criminal charges in Sweden, and being rendered off to Gitmo to face a US kangaroo court. Personally, I don't like Assange, I think his strategy re: wikileaks has been misguided and harmful, and he handled the revelation of the US cables badly. I have no opinion on his guilt or innocence with regard to the rape accusations, and under normal circumstances I'd agree that he should have to appear and answer those charges. But you only have to look as far as Bradley Manning and what's being done to him to see that there's a real risk that Assange is going to end up in US hands and receive the exact opposite of justice if he comes out of his hidey-hole. Nobody - and I do mean nobody - deserves that.

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