Re: Vote Leave fined for promoting Brexit
If people can't be bothered to vote, then they'll have to live with the consequences.
38 posts • joined 17 Oct 2008
"But it admitted it had deleted this evidence, along with the phone numbers the messages were sent from, and details on the volume of messages sent and received."
As they were required to do by electoral law. "The reason Vote Leave were unable to prove it was specifically because they deleted their entire database after the vote as agreed with the ICO before the referendum."
' Meanwhile the Remain campaign – now in its third different incarnation as People’s Vote – kept its entire database from the referendum campaign and has continued to pump out messages to its database on an almost daily basis since the referendum. Funnily enough the regulators don’t have a problem with that…'
"The problem is not authors getting paid. Its publishers who want to milk the cash cow for generation after generation."
True, the extension of copyright on old books is dubious, but that has nothing at all to do with DRM.
If ebooks can be freely copied, then Doctorow or no [I read the ebook, certainly wouldn't buy the hardcopy], people will do it, and though you might rage at those publishers who 'rip everyone off', no publishers = no books.
Authors get peanuts anyway, and unfortunately 5% of peanuts is penury.
Publisher' was right - once 'cracked' copies of best sellers are loose on the Internet, then sales will collapse. Analogies with CDs etc aren't quite right: I don't think many people would see a problem with ripping your own CDs. But if you then posted them on the Internet so that anyone could download them for free, that would be regarded, quite rightly, as being wrong.
So with cracked 'ebooks'. If they're out there and easily available, why buy them?
I can see why publishers have gone with DRM [and quite why this should be illegal, I have absolutely no idea], but in the long run, it won't work. And don't get patronising by saying 'Oh, they need a new business model. Sell fridge magnets.'
Cory Doctorow makes a great play of saying, 'If they like my ebooks, people will go out and buy the real thing.' Maybe 5% will, if you're lucky.
What's the answer? I have no idea, other than I think that in 10 years time, authors and composers will be shafted even more than they are at the moment.
This year I travelled from the UK through French, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden. I showed my passport three times: going out the UK, once to a Polish Border Guard, and coming back into the UK.
Gosh, all these murderers and rapists arrested. Obviously there are no rapes or murders in French, Belgium etc etc - or perhaps they just think the whole eborders idea is *** useless. Unlike Mr Woolas.
I learned DOS about 20 odd years ago. About 16 years ago, when Windows 3.1 came out, I no longer had to remember obscure commands, switches, and the rest of it, or go delving into thick manuals to work out exactly what it was that I needed.
I know a lot of you don't like Windows on principle, but command lines! For heaven's sake, haven't we moved on past this? I'm sure I could go back to raw coding in bytes if I had to, but the world has moved on. It's time Linux did.
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