Also PASS the savings on
Passing savings on? What kind of commie talk is this. Real capitalism is asking the highest price the market will bear.
US laws only apply to events within US jurisdiction.
A company operating from New Zealand does NOT fall under US jurisdiction.
What you're implying, would make Saudi Arabian law enforceable in the US. I'd like to see someone being extradited to SA from the US for being pro-democracy, something which apparently gets you crucified (literally) in SA.
Unless of course, you're attempting to imply that US law should be enforceable everywhere else, but the reverse should not be the case.
they didn't remove infringing material when put on notice
1) This was a New Zealand company, not subjected to US law, however much you'd like US law to apply world-wide.
2) The company did actually comply to DMCA requests as a courtesy and was actually asked by the FBI to retain certain copyright infringing material. These FBI requested files, are now being used to prove that copyright was being infringed. Even though this was only retained at the behest of the FBI.
Ireland and Apple entered into a voluntary agreement
And apparently an agreement that Ireland, being part of the EU was not allowed to make.
Been out of the Netherlands for some time; when did 'ausweiss bitte?' become the norm?
It's clear that the generation that actually witnessed the second world war first-hand and have experienced where these things can lead to are almost gone.
What happened to you Netherlands, you used to be cool
The government should be like the OS of a computer - a microkernel, if you will. Just do what's basic - protect the citizens from both internal and external threats, and do nothing else.
Instead, governments are starting to become like systemd. Encroaching on functionality that it should not be touching, until we have systemDOS.
The means-and-ends moralists, or non-doers, always end up on their ends without any means. -- Saul Alinsky