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Comment Re:easy (Score 2, Insightful) 651

It's easy to attack an economic analysis of health care as cold and calculating, but at some point we need to admit that it's not worth spending half a million dollars to keep an 80 year-old-man alive for an additional month.

Admittedly, it's harder in some situations (like in the article where the person is 67) than in others.

Comment Re:Is DRM socially irresponsible? (Score 1) 678

But people shouldn't have to crack public domain works to exercise their rights

Having the right to do something is not the same as having the right to be able to do it. I have the right to pilot a flying Tyrannosaurus while wearing a cowboy hat in my backyard, but that doesn't mean that manufacturers of such dinosaur [1] have to provide me with one.

[1] Please tell me they exist

Comment Fair Use (Score 5, Insightful) 426

From the opinion...

Fair use of a copyrighted work “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

17 U.S.C. 107

This is the law. This is not how the Postal Service used his copyrighted work. As an aside, this is also not what Tenenbaum et al. did when they downloaded music.

We shouldn't complain when judges use restraint and don't bastardize statutes.

Comment Re:I think... (Score 1) 113

Right, obviously they make the money through advertising. But you were trying to argue that "search" isn't a market, and that Google has thousands of competitors since thousands of people sell advertising. The point is that only a handful of people sell sponsored links in their searches; it is a distinct market.

Comment Re:How legal briefs work (Score 1, Insightful) 525

That's not what I was saying at all; re-read the post.

The first was a prediction you made, i.e. that fair-use was likely to prevail as a legal theory for file sharing.

The second was the first of many cases in which fair-use was dismissed as a legal defense.

Look, it's okay to be wrong. But when you describe something as a "nail in the coffin" even though it clearly isn't, that's when I must take issue.

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