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Maybe his photos weren't very good?
I expect working photographers, who are still eking out a living, might have something to say about that.
Re: Re: [no payment was supplied]’
@ Tom 38
"We've all paid for Sherlock".
He's in the USA, and so he hasn't "paid for Sherlock". I'm pointing out he can watch them all, for a few cents per episode - and he says that's too much to pay. Do try and keep up.
Re: Re: [no payment was supplied]’
"A single short season of a modern show, such as Sherlock, will set me back $30."
"even if I'm lucky enough that it's one of the tiny handful that's actually available at all"
The first two Sherlock seasons are on Netflix, to watch as many times as you like. Season 3 streamed a month ago.
"I just go without these cultural treats. "
Because you didn't want to pay $4.99?
That is pretty fucking tragic.
Re: Re: bunch of tw@ts
I see still you're still active in the Pirate Party, Andrew.
[no payment was supplied]’
"All rights holders need to do is make their products available everywhere, to everyone, at a reasonable price and much of their infringement problems will go away."
Well everyone wants cheaper beer.
That's what everyone was saying ten years ago. Now everything pretty much *is* available for free or at very low cost; even Sky has unbundled itself, and flogs it off piece by piece via Now TV.
Some people spend a fortune, most people don't mind paying ... but some people absolutely don't like paying at all. The average pay out by Spotify is shockingly low. This is now affecting production. Only rich kids can afford to do art now.
"Is there some standard test for what is in the public interest?"
Yes, there are several years of case law.
Re: Professionals will see this differently
A change in the law would ensure you would never be paid anyway, no matter how popular your work became globally.
Generally it is better to strengthen people's rights, and then allow them to opt-out from being paid if they wish, rather than weaken *everyone's* rights and hope a few people remember to opt-in, before they're ripped off.
In fact, why stop there? Why not make the interest banks pay on your deposits and savings optional, too? Fairly soon with low rates, nobody would expect to get any interest, and most people would forget to "claim" their interest.
Re: What version of Yourtube does Andrew upload his UGC to?
"Because the one I use doesn't offer me any expectation of compensation."
Background music is already licensed, so you are not describing a realistic threat. As the EU concluded, the problem here isn't lawsuits, because there aren't any - it's individuals not realising their rights, and being ripped off.
Internet aggregators rely on people being mugs, and having low expectations. Your probably should be a bit more demanding.
"the right of ordinary people to be paid"
Ah, so fair remuneration for a popular work is "moonwalking". The plebs should just give up!
I think having naively pushed for this for so long, you're now being confronted with the consequences. Which are anything but "fair" or "progressive". So it goes...
@Man With Burning Brain:
Your comment shows some difficulty with reading comprehension.
Android is open source and GMS is a binary blob. The MADA contracts, which interest the authorities, put conditions on the access to GMS. Google is free to put conditions on GMS and has good reasons to do so, to avoid fragmentation. However, a real or inferred Roach Motel clause that prevented a phone maker from making a non-GMS phone in their product range could be considered to be anti-competitive.
Yes, Google own GMS and "get to decide what's what". But only up to a point. This is one of the perils of being a monopoly.
@ Man With Bleeding Brain
I'm not convinced you tried very hard to read the article. Google's GMS is a binary blob that sits on the open source Android base. The MADA contracts that interest DG-COMP govern access and conditions for use of GMS, not the open source base.
Yes, Google own GMS and "get to decide what's what". But if accepting the GMS "privilege" means you can't then make a non-GMS phone in your product range, because you break the GMS contract, then this may be anti-competitive.
Re: Hardly any different than....
Business regulation is necessary to ensure a monopoly incumbent doesn't prevent superior services from reaching the public.
"Google doesn't have everyone's best interests at heart, but neither does Microsoft...and it's Microsoft that's behind this, mark my words."
Cute speculation, but irrelevant here. It doesn't matter who is "behind it". (Conspiracy Theory Alert). European investors, entrepreneurs, coders, and even the old lady next door to me all want better services and more competition. A Roach Motel clause may or may not be preventing that. We shall see.
"They are no longer the only notification method "
They never were, WP always had Toast notifications.
WP tiles should have a Large (2x) size by now, as they do on Win 8.x desktop, and be able to display more than one email /calendar entry etc.
One thing I didn't notice in the Dev Preview: "Some of your applications are running in the background and are using power, would you like to close them?"
Just like Android.
Re: Are you sure about that?
Not on the 930 there isn't.
Re: Comcast v. Verizon
Yes, competition works. It's the only thing that strikes fear into them.
Sadly most people who have a choice prefer to whinge rather than switch. Quite why anyone is on Comcast when FiOS is available is beyond me.
Re: Re: not illegal
Google makes editorial decisions every day. It made 12 million domains disappear one day. Google has some more responsibilities because it can no longer evade EU law, but these are nowhere near as onerous as Google makes out.
(Google would not be in this position if it had chosen the option of protection as a publisher - an option it declined.)
You are free to argue for the abolition of data protection laws in the EU, but if they're there, you can't argue Your Favourite Corporation doesn't have to abide by them.
Re: Re: not illegal
He's sort of right, although Safe Harbour is a technical term that doesn't apply here. Applied metaphorically, he's on the right lines.
The ECJ wasn't "chasing search engines" - it has to apply European data protection law as it's written. There is an exemption (a "derogation") for publishers and Google could have applied to be one. And saved itself all this both. But it declined to take that route.
If the EU wants search engines to be exempt it will have to pass a rule that says they are. But given Google's behaviour with regard to data protection, that's not very likely now. And even less likely given how it's behaved in response to Gonzalez.
Re: Radio 4 this morning.
What Tierney is saying is that a commenter does not have the right for the article to be removed from the search results, because their privacy is not being breached. At least, not by the CJEU's criteria.
But Google removed it anyway.
Remember that Gonzalez only won because the law had not kept pace with technology; a) the info being continually re-published is irrelevant and out of date and b) Google is a massive, pervasive information source, with huge social impact, and it's continually republishing this info via its search results "snippets".
A responsible search engine would have done this:
"Oh, hello, we've got a request from a commenter on some page we've indexed. We'll reject it and they can complain to the ICO".
Re: Re: Radio 4 this morning.
Re: Google arrogant?
That's the next shoe to drop.
But then Wikipedia can claim some privilege as a publisher. Google had this option too, but declined to use it.
"And how much would it cost Google for lawyers and administration to individually dispute each and every one of those 50,000 (and counting) requests?"
Given that it's free, not very much. 40 per cent have come from Germany. The UK ICO deals with thousands already, and most are not appealed; the appeals procedure is free in the UK up to the highest level.
A month ago Google fanbois argued it would be too expensive for Google to de-link on request, Google couldn't possibly do it. It would go broke trying. Now Google will go broke appealing a couple of dozen decisions a year. Funny, that.
Re: Re: To what end?
"I believe what makes it weird is that the original copy (say, the article or blog post) may have different legal status than those duplicates and links. "
Yes, Google could apply for protection as a publisher. But it has chosen not to do so.
Re: Re: and so, ad infinitum
Perhaps, but that contradicts what Google itself argued - that it would be too expensive to de-link on demand. Google would grind to a halt if it de-linked. The web would break.
Now it's decided it's politically useful to "break the web" and de-link on demand, intentionally, and hope the blowback doesn't blow its way.
Before writing that, you did know appealing an ICO decision is free, didn't you?
Re: Re: To what end?
Ah, so the law must conform to Google's interpretation of what is wise, and the Courts must accept Google as the ultimate technical authority of what is feasible.
You wouldn't say Google is an interested party in all this, would you?
Re: Re: and so, ad infinitum
So Google says it's removed a link, inferring Stan O'Neal complained. Emails Peston expecting him to cry "Censorship!", "The internet is broken!" etc.
But Stan O'Neal hasn't complained and the link hasn't been removed. Peston doesn't perform the little jig that Google expected. Funnily enough, neither does James Ball.
The Comments is a red herring. Either way, Google was entitled to reject the complaint, and it was up to Joe Bloggs to then complain take it up with the Information Commissioner.
A responsible search engine would have been expected to do that - if it takes freedom of expression seriously.
Re: and so, ad infinitum
"He" (Stan O'Neal) didn't actually make the complaint.
So the complaint should have been rejected at the first hurdle. Only the individual or someone with delegated authority can complain, not some random third party.
It's more about the future loss and risk from basic terms being re-defined in a whacky way - which is what a ruling favourable to Aereo would have meant. It's up to Congress to define those terms.
The Supremes decided Aereo was really a cable company - but cable companies have extremely cushy terms, they can use a compulsory license and pay a set rate far below market value for their content. No one denies Aereo has value - and that their technology could be useful to consumers and the industry if they licensed it. Much like picocells are useful to operators.
This story simply demonstrates what we already know - that the whole case was designed around fighting and winning court battle.
Re: Good. Now it's time to end retransmission fees.
@JohnyQuiz: It is not directly a copyright case but it is very much about whether either copyright can be avoided.
There is a compulsory license regime for US cable companies - so they can use the free-to-air transmissions and TV companies can't stop them, but they must pay a statutory below-market rate.
This sounds like the opposite of what you would wish to see, which is control but not compensation.
Aereo was arguing it was *not* a cable company, but the Court used the "looks like a duck" test to decide that really, it was.
Re: I Wonder
You probably need to reassess the power balance in light of the YouTube indie contracts, and Amazon's new contracts for publishers. Particularly the YouTube contract, which relies on piracy for leverage to keep YouTube stuffed with music against the owners' permission. Google can try this on not because these property rights are too strong or too long, but because they cannot be enforced effectively.
It isn't 1995 any more.
Re: Not quite.
Not really. They want to control their stuff for sure, and they want to be paid for it.
Aereo has useful features, there is no denying that. They can still build a business adding value to other people's TV. What they can't do is build an ersatz cable business that pretends it isn't.
Re: Re: Aereo is NOT re-broadcasting
Neil, You're looking at "how it does it" and hoping this defines "what it does": the process defines the purpose.
The Court concluded the opposite: that Aereo is an ersatz cable operation, and should have the privileges and responsibilities of being a cable operation. That's all.
Re: Windowing must go
The "windowing" I referred to here is being able to choose which distribution channel gets the new tracks and when. In music, I think long lead times for radio disappeared ages ago. The tracks are released on iTunes and Amazon etc within a day or two - only journalists get to hear them earlier. It doesn't make sense for The Black Keys to put their albums on Spotify, if you were The Black Keys, neither would you. And there is no excuse for not paying for something if you want it - other than being an unethical cheapskate :)
So many good posts in your posting history Xenobyte, but on this you have a real blind spot.
"Taking down the actual page/file, fine"
That's censoring the press. Literally.
If you read the ruling, the justification for the decision is explained really simply and clearly. Hint: massive reputational damage infringes a citizens privacy. A newspaper or Lexis doesn't have the same societal impact.
I'm intrigued that in the age of mass electronic surveillance, you put "privacy rights" in scare quotes. GCHQ will be happy to read that.
A/C: I can see you love this corporation deeply, but I don't think "I love Google, and want its children" is a very persuasive argument for rewriting data protection and privacy laws that some countries care very strongly about, simply so that corporation can evade them.
Best of luck trying, though. I'd brush up on my French and German if I were you.
Re: Very Naive
A/C: "If you really think that the ICO will put up with 50,000 requests for the removal of data to be adjudicated every month..."
The uncorroborated figure of 40,000 that Google quoted was for the entire EU. The most requests came from Germany. As we have pointed out, the media reporting gave them the false impression that they merely had to ask and Google would remove.
The ICO rejects thousands of requests already.
You can guesstimate the cost to Google of *complying with the law* quite easily. Then compare it against Google's profits, the amount of tax it has avoided, etc.
" Spanish court, rather than take the sensible approach of ordering La Vanguardia to stop its continual republication or at least indicate to Google that it should not be indexed, instead ordered Google to make it less findable."
This doesn't make sense. 'Less findable vs. not indexed' is a distinction without a difference.
I am puzzled why you think suppressing a free press was preferable? Then the Vanguardia article couldn't be read anywhere. Not even on Vanguardia's own site.
Re: Really - it's all wrong now?
You're entitled to your anonymous-but-strongly-held view, but the problem is saying two sometimes-conflicting goals are both first. This story highlights this problem and the hasn't gone away.
Telling customers what the strategy actually *is* might clarify this.
Re: What is the real problem
Charlie, Nesta is not subject to FoI requests any more - otherwise you would know a lot more about how this decision was made.
It was the Cabinet Office which gave Nesta the money and administrative duties, which is why I focused so much on the Cabinet Office in the original article. The enthusiasm of the bureaucrats there for accountability and transparency should be evident from the FoI replies.
Re: I always knew Tom Hanks' nice-guy image was a sham!!
From what I can tell the social network does this with every schleb's photo as they assume its the schleb owns the rights. A clumsy and stupid assumption.
Stray thought: if copyright could not be assigned by the creator, no social network would dare do this.
Yes, Tim like every individual needs strong law to protect his digital property rights. So justice can be done. I'm glad you agree that stopping copying is so important.
(The rest of your comments just reflects your intellectual confusion. But that's only really a problem for you.)
Reg: "A judge ultimately decides"
AC: "Not true. A judge does not ultimately decide if Google just says 'yes' at the first step."
Indeed, the 'first step' is not the 'ultimate step'. This is a good way of judging Google's commitment to 'uncensored' search results or freedom of expression, two things Google insists it cares very deeply about. If Google agrees to every removal request, automatically, then the Courts are not involved - correct. But Google can refuse and also appeal every removal request for years through the Courts, without paying costs. Many "data controllers" do this.
If Google does as you suggest and takes down every link it's asked take down, it can't then say it's committed to fighting censorship and fighting for freedom of expression. It can't have it both ways. So we'll just have to see, won't we?
> in some Reg Reader's lifetimes sea level will be 3 or 4 metres higher than it is now <
Not even the IPCC projects that.
http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/unfccc/cop19/3_gregory13sbsta.pdf --> For most Reg Readers it'll be around 0.5m. The ultra-alarmist projection is 1m by 2100.
We actually do need to spend more on coastal defences for SE England because it has been sinking for several thousand years - but that has nothing to do with climate change.
If you're voted down, Private Fraser, it's because you're not really contributing anything useful to the discussion.
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People understand networks pretty well. You're still justifying "making stuff up" to get a policy through?
Re: Oh dear.
That’s essentially an argument for anyone to lie, as loudly as they can lie, to achieve their ends. Anything goes.
Re: Oh dear.
@Omniaural Thanks, and thanks also for an interesting post.
The audience for John Oliver / The Daily Show is overwhelmingly college-educated and “progressively inclined”, so I don’t think this is the first time they will have heard of it. Many may actually be sick of it and/or not give a crap.
"The argument for Net Neutrality is basically to maintain the status quo”
Not at all. In two ways:
- It’s about planting a regulatory flag on virgin territory: the private agreements that make up the internet. Regulating publicly-paid for pipes, and infrastructure created out of government contract - is fair game, and is not controversial. Taxpayers should see where their $$$ is going after all. For much of the past decade the goal has been to introduce pre-emptive technical regulation of these private contracts. (Compared to introducing regulation that mandates MS-DOS in 1983). Now the focus in the US is specifically on Class 2 reclassification. This appears to be the big prize.
- Since the net has never been neutral - it was a word an academic pulled out of his backside one day - this cannot be true.
"Maintaining the status quo" means using other regulation - antitrust law, and other competition law - to ensure competition is maintained and investment is encouraged. Strengthening this competition law and actually using is a start. There are other things people can do and I listed some of them.
"At this point I don't think your going to be able to reframe the arguments to be technically correct.”
I don’t know what this means, sorry. Similarly, “… I think most would choose to not let big companies hog the limited bandwidth available to them.” is not something I can map onto reality. I have never heard this one before.
The problem with allowing irrational arguments to be made with challenge, because they’re made for what somone feels is a “worthy" cause, is that pretty soon everyone is doing the same thing. They’re advancing proposals that don’t make any sense, that can’t be rationally justified. Laws are then passed on the basis of who has the biggest sense of entitlement or shouts the loudest.
Re: Oh dear.
Fast lanes, slow lanes. Conspiracies (that we can't quite see - but they're there, I tell you! they're there!). Analogies to the mob...
You have omitted everything that made his contribution - or more accurately, his scriptwriting team's contribution - quite so moronic. It's technically illiterate. It's an Alex Jones / Bill O'Reilly perspective on the world.
In that piece I explained why the net has never been neutral, why the analogies don't work, and offered half a dozen suggestions for constructive citizen action. You could actually surprise us all, and attempt to address the substance of the internet regulation debate.
Re: Re: "Songwriters are negotiating with a gun to their heads. The gun is piracy"
Is it OK, or not, to use market dominance to exclude competition in another market. That is illegal in almost all competition law. Now, not everyone agrees there should be any competition law, and companies should have a "free choice" to do exactly as they please. Perhaps you can elaborate on your analysis and proposed remedies - if any.
Actually, I hear they're over at Google Play - tearing their hair out.
Re: "Songwriters are negotiating with a gun to their heads. The gun is piracy"
You're wrong. There are two different services in play here: YouTube video, most of which is already licensed, and the yet-to-be-launched audio streamer.
"You can't have it both ways: 'We want to be on YouTube because we need the exposure!' 'We don't want to be on YouTube because they don't pay very well!"
So musicians should eat poo, and accept whatever chickenfeed money YouTube throws at musicians, simply because YouTube draws a large audience?
In a functioning market, creative people are paid more if their work is popular, and less if it's less popular. So you have made an interesting argument, there. Not one I'd want to defend ethically.
"Why don't they just club together and build their own distribution website?"
Then you could complain that they're stifling innovation. Or a cartel. Or something. I'm sure that whatever the independent music sector did, you'd find a reason to complain.
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