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Comment Re:Local Content Only For Now (Score 1) 164

You are probably right but I have a 80/20Mbps service and stream to somewhere other than my home every single day. My sisters two just go from home to grandma's to their Fire tablets seamlessly and watch stuff on Plex every single day. Most of it's 720p iPlayer downloads of whatever is the latest flavour of the month which is something called Bing at the moment.

Comment Re:It's missing the full picture (Score 2) 199

It's a train, the idea that you carry the fuel required to power the train around on the train is shear nonsense.

  Any modern train and track is overhead electric and if the line is not electrified the first job is *TO* electrify it. There is some third rail stuff mostly in the south east of England and even there they are looking at the costs and practicalities of changing to overhead.

The basics are carrying fuel on train is idiotic in the extreme.

Comment Re:Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

The problem with falling back on WTO rules is that the UK is at this point in time not a signatory in it's own right to the WTO and cannot take up a WTO membership in it's own right until *AFTER* it has left the EU. If you are stupid enough to believe that you can leave the EU on Monday and join the WTO on Tuesday I have a bridge to sell you, currently in use over the Firth of Forth, needed some repairs recently but we have a shiny new one opening next year so it's going spare.

Comment Re: Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

I know a number of people myself included that would with a heavy heart vote yes given a second chance.

My support for the union as JK Rowling put it was not unconditional and although I was born in England I can happily trace my Scottish ancestry back as far as 1152 at which point the historical records run out. I am also in the meantime exploring the option of a Polish passport as an option of retaining an EU passport post Brexit.

Comment Re:The articles leave too much unanswered (Score 1) 294

Unfortunately it happens in the UK as well, where there is basically no profit to be had. So while it might look in the USA to be a greedy lets make money issue, the fact it happens elsewhere in the world under socialised health care suggests that the issue is personal related aka doctor, social worker etc. on power trips or something similar and nothing to do with money.

Try googling "Sally Clark" or "Trupti Patel" if you want to see how the medical profession can abuse it power and get off basically scott free.

Comment Re:What makes them worse (Score 1) 429

Where I live (aka Scotland) domestic cats have take the Scottish Wild Cat to the brink of extinction by interbreeding with them.

They are also in the UK killing somewhere in the region of 330 million small mammals, birds and reptiles, and are a leading cause of the decline in garden birds in the UK.

Nasty horrible things domestic cats

Comment Re:Crazy (Score 1) 136

The government failed because to introduce personal use exception because it did not follow the rules and was using a statutory instrument rather than primary legislation. I would note that the government lost in a UK court and not the ECJ. The basic rule that they lost against while an EU rule is that you cannot take away someones property (and the UK court decided that IP is property) without either giving compensation or having proper evidence that there would be no financial loss. They did neither of the above so it was ruled illegal because it was a statutory instrument and not a piece of primary legislation.

There are a range of options open to the government to introduce a personal use exception that would be beyond legal challenge. It's not clear which route they will take, though with Brexit it may well now be on the back burner for the next decade as parliament is going to be very very busy dealing with the legislative fallout from that, so the simplest way to fix the problem pass a bill through parliament is probably out the window.

The next best one is to have evidence to show that a personal use exception would not cause any financial loss to the IP holders. This is the very very narrow point on which the government lost the case. In fact it was even narrower than that, as it was argued that the fair use/personal exception might encourage wider infringement leading to a financial loss to the IP holders and the government didn't have any evidence that this would not be the case.

I actually don't think it is hard to come up with that evidence and I also think that the lack of fair use exception makes it more likely I will infringe IP. Simply put in the UK it is just as illegal for me to rip a CD I own into MP3 format as it is to download it from some torrent site on the internet.

However you are totally correct about the 10 year penalty, you have to be doing the copyright infringement for commercial gain to be liable for that penalty. Better still if you make a copy of Taylor Swift's new album maximum damages are *ACTUAL* losses, which is less than £10, and hence never ever going to be prosecuted in a court.

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