Remind You Of Someone?

28 12 2014

Hollywood

Tech Dirt:

Sony Hack Reveals That MPAA’s Big ‘$80 Million’ Settlement With Hotfile Was A Lie

For years, we’ve pointed out that the giant “settlements” that the MPAA likes to announce with companies it declares illegal are little more than Hollywood-style fabrications. Cases are closed with big press releases throwing around huge settlement numbers, knowing full well that the sites in question don’t have anywhere near that kind of money available. At the end of 2013, it got two of these, with IsoHunt agreeing to ‘pay’ $110 million and Hotfile agreeing to ‘pay’ $80 million. In both cases, we noted that there was no chance that those sums would ever get paid. And now, thanks to the Sony hack, we at least know the details of the Hotfile settlement. TorrentFreak has been combing through the emails and found that the Hotfile settlement was really just for $4 million, and the $80 million was just a bogus number agreed to for the sake of a press release that the MPAA could use to intimidate others.

This should remind you of someone.  A group whose acronym also has four letters, albeit one that, in spite of its name, isn’t so poor.

 





I Had Nothing to Do With It

29 12 2013

Cottleville

cottleville

Even though it reads like something I would do.

Except “I” thought by now there was supposed to be no such thing as “Starbucks,” just the apparently generic mom and pop corner coffee house whose logo contains the visage of a suggestively naked long haired white woman.

And also…they don’t realize that the generic mom and pop corner coffee house whose logo contains the visage of a suggestively naked long haired white woman recently raised the price of those things to $7.





Aren’t We Special?

4 02 2013

Prince Georges County, Maryland

It’s as if the work of the typical black public school student of the heavily black Prince Georges County, Maryland public school system is worth copying…





War on a Romney Woman

12 04 2012

Ann R. has “never worked a day in her life?”

My mother had a hard enough time with one well-behaved son, she had to deal with five.

I guess this whole bit is supposed to be a Democrat sop to working women, though it will probably go over like a lead balloon.  Personally, I’m happy for Ann Romney, in that she was one of the scant few white women left who had a white husband who made enough money on his own to sustain a big household.  That used to be the rule in America rather than the exception.

But that begs the obvious question:  Will Ann Romney’s husband actually do anything to make that a reality again?

It all depends on how much attention he pays to Kris Kobach.

UPDATE

I thought the name Hillary Rosen was familiar.

Yep, that’s Hillary Rosen as in the RIAA.  Ironically, she stepped down from that job to “spend more time with her family.”





Some Place to Go

18 01 2012

I figured with half the internet blacked out today in protest of SOPA/PIPA, I figured I better come through with some blog posts, just so you can have something new to read.

This whole issue has been a good acid test to separate the men from the boys.  What mystifies me is that some of the same anti-Ron Paul eliminationist hatemongers are also against SOPA/PIPA, when Ron opposes SOPA (the House bill) and Rand opposes PIPA (the Senate bill), and they did oppose these pieces of legislation before opposing them was cool.

Of course the British Extradition Act of 2003 is being “abused.”  Do you think a President named Barack Hussein Obama would actually want any real “British” terrorists (who have names that sound like his own) actually extradited?  On the flip side of the coin, the copywrong extremist industry, both in Hollywood and New York, dumped oodles of money on his campaign.  Priorities are priorities.

UPDATE:  Marco Rubio (mentioned in the first URL), John Boozman (R-AR) and our very own Roy Blunt had defected over to the good side.





Mirror: That Way

21 12 2011

Boing Boing:

MPAA says SOPA-style censorship works in Yemen and Syria

The MPAA believes SOPA’s censorship mandate will solve its problems, and it has presented research to Congress to support this position. As evidence, it cites the efficacy of similar censorship mandates in China, Iran, the UAE, Armenia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Burma, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

Yeah, freedom is overrated anyway.

In related news, a lot of “pirates” work for the media conglomerates that fund the copywrong extremists, or the copywrong extremists themselves.  Petardhoistedown.





Interesting: Darrell Issa and Lamar Smith Are On Opposite Sides

9 12 2011

Most of the copywrong extremists are in California, so I guess they forgot to buy off a committee chairman from their own state.








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