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Comment Re:Handy guide to licenses (Score 1) 480

GPL and BSD are both free as in speech, but the question is "for who?"

GPL maximizes freedom for the users -- nothing can take away their control over the code running on their computer.

BSD maximizes freedom for developers -- they can do whatever they want with it, including close it up and sell it.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 1) 211

Hey dumbass, maybe it's true that "it's almost never RICO," but the key word is "almost" and this case actually could fit the definition.

From your own goddamn link:

To win, a plaintiff would have to prove (1) conduct, (2) of an enterprise, (3) through a pattern, (4) of racketeering activity called "predicate acts," (5) causing injury to the plaintiffâ(TM)s "business or property."

  • (1) the executives and management of Getty Images, Inc. manage the enterprise Getty Images, Inc. Obviously.
  • (2) Getty Images, Inc. is an enterprise. That's what the "Inc." part in the name means, so again -- obviously.
  • (3) Other people in this thread have mentioned Morel v. Getty, and a site on which I read about that case (that I can't be bothered to cite; deal with it) listed several other previous instances of Getty Images, Inc.'s similar conduct. That's a pattern.
  • (4) Getty Images, Inc. is extorting payment from innocent people based on bogus claims of copyright infringement. Extortion is "racketeering activity" as defined in 18 U.S. Code ss. 1961 (1) A.
  • (5) The racketeering is causing damage to Highsmith's professional reputation, which is part of her "business or property." It's also costing her money, which is obviously property.

So there you go: RICO Act violations. QED, asshole!

Comment Re:uMatrix or RequestPolicy Continued (Score 2) 183

Care to offer up the advantages/reasons for RequestPolicy Continued rather then RequestPolicy?

RequestPolicy Continued is under active development, while the original RequestPolicy has been abandoned by its author.

Also, RequestPolicy Continued allows you to block or unblock several domains at once without having to exit the menu and reload the page each time.

Comment Re: Make Corrupt sites Disappear (Score 1) 126

That's a neat idea! However, I'm a little dismayed that you think users need to be "allowed" to do this or that there "should be" a right to do it, instead of realizing that users don't need anybody's permission and that right already exists and always has existed.

All we need is easy-to-use software to implement it. I think building that kind of functionality into things like Web of Trust and YaCy (if they don't implement it already) is a good place to start.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 1) 251

This is the tragedy - as long as the government doesn't go for the guns, the populace will never use their guns for their intended purpose. It sends a wonderful message to government that the guns will never be used against them as long as they don't try to take them. That means they can screw the country over as much as they want (short of taking guns), without threat of resistance. Yaaaaaay.

Comment Re:A funny story (Score 2) 175

Bernie got roughly 43 percent [realclearpolitics.com] of the popular vote.

That's only the primary count. If you include the caucus votes, he got about 49% of the popular vote.

Now, we know the DNC was in the bag for Hillary and pushing the media to cover her favorable. It's generally considered that good press is worth about 5% in the polls.

The Superdelegates were for Hillary, but we probably would have had a situation where Bernie got the popular majority but Hillary got the nomination, if the DNC had played neutral.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 4, Interesting) 211

RICO? Who did they conspire with? What organization are they a part of?

Allegedly, the executives of Getty Images, Inc., who directed their subordinates to engage in criminal intimidation and racketeering based on false claims of copyright, are part of the criminal organization Getty Images, Inc.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 2) 211

In fact, Getty not only stole these, by falsely asserting ownership rights, it's as if they took the car from my analogy, and drove it for Uber.

No, because if it's a car, she is deprived of the use of that car while Getty is driving for Uber.

It's as if she had a Tesla with a magic 'clone' button, and Getty pressed the button and started driving the new clone for Uber. Except she had drawn a picture of a unicorn on her Tesla, so Getty's new Tesla is also decorated with a unicorn, and now she's throwing a hissy fit about it looking like hers, even though she still has her original Tesla.

It's hard to make an IP analogy that doesn't seem completely absurd. Funny 'bout that.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 2) 211

Since they did this for commercial purposes, what should happen is criminal prosecution.

Maybe charge them not only with criminal copyright infringement, but RICO Act violations too if it turns out to be part of a pattern (which OverlordQ's allusion upthread to a "previous lawsuit" implies there might be).

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