Posted 14 December 2011 - 03:25 AM
is this not what the 99 percent movement is based on. large companies having too much control over everything
Posted 14 December 2011 - 05:52 AM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 07:47 AM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 04:15 PM
ACTA passed. We still don't know what's in that. Apparently ACTA wasn't strong enough, so now we have this, SOPA will pass too.
The middleman is dying. Artists can now self publish to iTunes and elsewhere. This is their last big attempt to stay relevant. It was over the moment it became easier to buy an album via iTunes than going to walmart. It was over the moment Netflix began distributing original works exclusively. Indie developers are now publishing via steam or xbox live arcade, or the iTunes store. SOPA and ACTA are going to hurt a lot of people, but think of it as the giant falling from the bean stock and landing on a small village. Some people will get hurt, but the giant will be dead.
Posted 14 December 2011 - 06:03 PM
Actually, it's worse than that. If this bill passes, the recording industry may die (doubt it), but that law lives on and can be levied by other industries in ways I don't think legislators have thought through. It happened with the DMCA. Essentially, SOPA gives any company the power to "disappear" another without due process if they alleged the second party was infringing on copyright or trademark. Chanel used the DMCA (if I remember things correctly) to close down competing sites, mostly all knockoffs, but some not, without any judicial oversight. Chanel itself determined infringement.
Think about in terms to us. What if some company claimed your game infringed upon theirs based upon their own internal determinations, no judge involved, and got you to disappear off the net? You have no recourse. You have no business. Competition? Stifled. And, it's not a "pirated" mp3 we're talking about, the recording industry notwithstanding. The thing is, there is already a judicial system in place to govern over infringement; this law is a complete f**k-around it. Makes my blood boil that people are willing to throw multiple businesses away to protect one incompetent one.
Luckily, while there have been some recent changes to SOPA that makes it likelier to pass, but it isn't a slam dunk for Texas' bought-for representative.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:53 AM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:35 PM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:13 PM
The irony is that SOPA proponents have used "saving american jobs" as one of the strongest arguments. Perhaps a few jobs will be saved. But countless job opportunities will be lost.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 04:24 PM
Dodd also said that the blackouts are "an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests."
So, let me get this straight. It's not abuse of power when you non-publicly buy senators and representatives to vote in your favor, or to, for example, put a non-skippable header at the beginning of each DVD containing some crappy "FBI warning" explaining that piracy is a criminal offense. However, it *is* abuse of power when website owners try to raise awareness about a completely disproportionate legislations that have the possibility to pass, and urge their visitors to take action?
Currently working on: the 3D engine for Tomb Raider.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:50 PM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:05 PM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:17 PM
They do. If you go to WIkipedia or many of the other blacked-out sites today, it'll show you a form where you input your zip code and it will come up with contact info (phone numbers and/or online contact forms) for your congresspeople.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:30 AM
The US government has shut down top file hosting service Megaupload and had its founder arrested on suspicion of causing $500 million in lost revenue to content sellers.
The Megaupload sites were managed through an international network of companies, head-quartered in Hong Kong.
Although not a US company and not managed from the US, the fact that it maintained US servers and supplied millions of US visitors with illegal downloads was considered ample legal grounds for the federal government to move against it.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:14 PM
See http://arstechnica.c...-megaupload.ars for a good summary, from the various I've read.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:16 PM
I live in Czech Republic. I paid them F.e. $99 for downloading LEGAL files just yesterday. I won't get $99, neither those files (as they're unavailable anymore) now. Should I sue US goverment for my money. Bam just lost $99 (note it is actually 1/10th of average month payment here!). Not that I did actually do it, but my good friend did (don't know how much paid), about a week ago.
And yet another one - I'm also leading local company and also I have my company website (almost the only and the best way to get customers these days). I also have links on my pages to bittorent trackers and distribute some my applications them (as it is actually easier for me) and so I link to torrent tracker that also tracks illegal software (actually I don't know if there is any tracker that tracks just legal software), does US has right to ban my site? According to how I understood they have ... and so should I rather install and run my own tracker? If I should then will the US pay me for days spent on installing and setting it up and will they pay me for going to ever customer to setting it up so it will use the good one?
This whole case is just to get few people more money from the heads of many others, nothing more. I hate these guys, who has zillions of $$$ and wants more (it reminds me of our goverment - same types there). I wonder whether they will try to shut down TPB.org (again)...
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:01 PM
Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:15 PM
The problem Megaupload faces is that they allegedly (and, if so, stupidly) looked into those "safety boxes", they shared the content among employees, and they drove their sales on illegal content.
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