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If you are curious, the original white paper is here and is not very long (17 pages).

Perhaps I should avoid talking politics, but this issue is political to the core. Take this quote from the report, for example:

"Questions have arisen about whether streaming constitutes the distribution of copyrighted works (and thereby is a felony) and/or performance of those works (and thereby is a not a felony)"

This is word-play. We are all aware of what streaming means and we consider it to be socially acceptable behavior in most cases. Whether streaming defined using the word "distribution" or "performance" does not change the nature of what streaming is. In my opinion, the question should be "in what cases should we punish people for streaming and how severe should that punishment be?" That sort of reasonability is not present in governmental decision-making because in politics, one has to simplify things absurdly to accomplish anything. This is a prime example; we already have the categories "distribution" and "performance" with felony classification or without, so we just have to stuff streaming into one of those categories. Considering the issue as a whole would result in a more reasonable policy, but you can't have that when people with particular interests and deep pockets are trying to pass black and white laws.

If you are inclined to blame the companies pushing this legislation, consider why this is happening. It's just a result of people acting in their own rational self-interests. One option for them is to develop a new system of media that is not susceptible to streaming and hope that succeeds. The other option is to donate some amount of money to the campaign of a politician sympathetic to your corporation's plight so that the government can spend tax dollars making sure you don't have to change your business model. Which would you choose? Or, rather, which is the most sound business practice in the presence of a government able to provide option 2?
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post #12 of 101
Quote:
Originally Posted by basenne View Post
Oh well, who cares about nuclear meltdown if Hollywood is losing money...
That part was not needed at all even if piracy is an issue. Way to bring something out of context and senseless bashing.

On Topic:
Its not going to stop piracy, no matter how much you try, people fill find work arounds and legal loopholes.
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post #13 of 101
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Originally Posted by Versa View Post
That part was not needed at all even if piracy is an issue. Way to bring something out of context and senseless bashing.
I think you completely missed the point of the comment.

He's basically saying, 'Why make Hollywood more important with legislation than the needs of the poor Japanese who have just witnessed one of the most deadly natural disasters in their history?'.

It wasn't cruel or rude, quite the contrary.
    
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The White House Chief of Staff = Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel's Brother = Ari Emanuel

Ari Emanuel = Head of Hollywood's largest agency

coincidence?
    
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Originally Posted by pale_neon View Post
The White House Chief of Staff = Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel's Brother = Ari Emanuel

Ari Emanuel = Head of Hollywood's largest agency

coincidence?
Probably.
    
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I think you completely missed the point of the comment.

He's basically saying, 'Why make Hollywood more important with legislation than the needs of the poor Japanese who have just witnessed one of the most deadly natural disasters in their history?'.

It wasn't cruel or rude, quite the contrary.
We have aid on the way there, USS Ronald Reagan, military and relief supports. We have our own internal affairs to look after granted this law legislation is stupid, doesn't limit that fact we are helping. We have our troops still in the middle east doing what the military wants, Eygpt's issue, and the government suppose to drop everything for a natural disater? It may sound really low but a government doesn't focus 100% of its time unless it affects them tremedously. I am in no way oppose to the relief efforts ( I donate little bits 30 USD so far), but come on silly rhetorics like that isn't needed and gives a worse image of the government than it really needs.

In fact, it is still mindless bashing of the government.
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post #17 of 101
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Originally Posted by Muftobration View Post
If you are curious, the original white paper is here and is not very long (17 pages).

Perhaps I should avoid talking politics, but this issue is political to the core. Take this quote from the report, for example:

"Questions have arisen about whether streaming constitutes the distribution of copyrighted works (and thereby is a felony) and/or performance of those works (and thereby is a not a felony)"

This is word-play. We are all aware of what streaming means and we consider it to be socially acceptable behavior in most cases. Whether streaming defined using the word "distribution" or "performance" does not change the nature of what streaming is. In my opinion, the question should be "in what cases should we punish people for streaming and how severe should that punishment be?" That sort of reasonability is not present in governmental decision-making because in politics, one has to simplify things absurdly to accomplish anything. This is a prime example; we already have the categories "distribution" and "performance" with felony classification or without, so we just have to stuff streaming into one of those categories. Considering the issue as a whole would result in a more reasonable policy, but you can't have that when people with particular interests and deep pockets are trying to pass black and white laws.

If you are inclined to blame the companies pushing this legislation, consider why this is happening. It's just a result of people acting in their own rational self-interests. One option for them is to develop a new system of media that is not susceptible to streaming and hope that succeeds. The other option is to donate some amount of money to the campaign of a politician sympathetic to your corporation's plight so that the government can spend tax dollars making sure you don't have to change your business model. Which would you choose? Or, rather, which is the most sound business practice in the presence of a government able to provide option 2?
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post #18 of 101
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Originally Posted by Versa View Post
We have aid on the way there, USS Ronald Reagan, military and relief supports. We have our own internal affairs to look after granted this law legislation is stupid, doesn't limit that fact we are helping. We have our troops still in the middle east doing what the military wants, Eygpt's issue, and the government suppose to drop everything for a natural disater? It may sound really low but a government doesn't focus 100% of its time unless it affects them tremedously. I am in no way oppose to the relief efforts ( I donate little bits 30 USD so far), but come on silly rhetorics like that isn't needed and gives a worse image of the government than it really needs.

In fact, it is still mindless bashing of the government.
I think you put way too much thought into a fairly light passing of a comment, but anyways.....
    
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Phh there will be no hollywood after its irradiated from japan meltdown fallout. NCR (new california republic)
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post #20 of 101
I've had enough of this crap.

From this point forward, I will not purchase any media other than used books, completely DRM free games, and independently produced music. No more going to movies, no more rentals, no more buying albums, no more premium television (though I dumped this 10 years ago).
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