The fuss is that many/most of these rentals are in formally-quiet residential neighborhoods.
I just moved from a place where the neighbor across the street frequently AirBNBs. One weekend, quiet Japanese tourists. Next weekend, college kids from Arizona whooping it up and getting into fights. And ALWAYS Uber drivers honking, alcohol-serving limo-busses making a bad problem worse, etc. etc. etc.
This is expected - to some degree, at least - in a beach area, hotel district, etc. (But the hotels, at least, have professional staff to keep things capped to whatever is acceptable for the area.)
I think that all TOS should be illegal unless they were fully negotiated by lawyers on BOTH sides - or approved by a federal agency as something that a citizen can understand and agree to without a lawyer.
The alternative I prefer is to change the law so the entire EULA is invalid if any part of it "steps over the line". Of course, the success of this strategy would depend on the quality of the definition of "step over the line".
Copyright exists to address the free rider problem. If you wish to do away with copyright you need to come up with an alternative for dealing with the free rider problem.
No it doesn't. Copyright exists for only one reason: to create an environment where people will create more content. It's all about the benefit to society, not about the creator "getting what he deserves". Whatever definition of copyright creates the "best" society is the optimum definition. More liberal copyright rules promote wider use of material, but more restrictive rule promote more creation of material. A balance must be struck, but there are no sacred cows. If it turns out the best balance exists when all books can be copied without any payment to anyone, then so be it... not that I think that's the right model. I'm nearly certain that a balanced copyright system would allow a lot of free riders and still promote plenty of content creation. Michelangelo was funded by the Medici family (among others), even though there was no copyright law to compel them to pay him.
But what about those "tell-all" books written by someone trying to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame? Think of the loss to the world if those stop getting written.
On a more serious note, you would be surprised how many people are unable to think beyond the writer-paid-by-the-publisher business model..
Creators of music have realized that the sale of recorded music won't be their primary source of income at some point in the future, so they now stress concerts and merchandise (and have been moving in this direction for a long time). Authors are going to have to find a place in a world where book distribution is frictionless. I don't know what the answer is, but I'm not in favor of creating legislation that props up their old business model until they are settled into a new one.
This isn't an idle question. Propping up today's business model delays the Star Trek like future of free access to information. There's no technical reason this future can't happen soon, but it will require society to find a way to entice people to write. Ebook lending and resale sounds like a good first step in the right direction to me.
They also seem to hate sweat. When I work out on a stationary bike, my Charge HR records my heart rate slowly rising up until I start perspiring heavily. Once my wrist is wet, the heart rate reading plummets by about 30 bpm and stays low for the rest of the workout. The rate seems to lock onto the pedal speed as the RPM displayed on the bike is almost identical to the heart rate being recorded. When I run it sometimes locks onto my foot strikes instead of heartbeats.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter to me. I find value in the resting heart rate readings I get from my fitbit and those seem to be accurate. I don't use peak heart rate for any meaningful purpose, I run whatever speed I can maintain. I find my Garmin ForeRunner as a much more useful tool during running because keeping a steady pace is much more important to me than getting my heart at the right rate.
Microsoft's tone-deafness today is astounding!
Right on the heals of a SECOND embarrassing public failure of their idiotic haywire 'bot, now they've announced how it's going to save the world and obsolete sliced-bread.
You'd think there would be somebody in the right position and with the common sense to cancel those unfortunate announcements, and quickly book some entertainment (maybe clowns... yes, chair-throwinxxxxxx er, balloon-animal-making clowns) to fill the conference slots vacated.
Did I miss something? Did Donald Trump take a position at Microsoft?
"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory