Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 15:19 UTC
Legal "Megaupload is challenging the U.S. Government's possession of millions of dollars in assets it seized from the company and its operators in January. The newly-filed and eye-opening motion slams the U.S. for holding the defendants liable for alleged offenses that aren't even a crime, ignoring laws designed to offer them protection, failing to provide any detail whatsoever on alleged infringements, and pushing U.S. law far beyond its borders." I'm sure Megaupload wasn't exactly a fluffy bunny organisation, but rarely have I seen a government screw up so badly, and so publicly.
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RE: Missing the Point
by spiderman on Fri 1st Jun 2012 06:47 UTC in reply to "Missing the Point"
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

Transcript from 1982, where Jack Valenti is explaining why the VCR/VHS will kill the movie business:
http://cryptome.org/hrcw-hear.htm
They wanted it banned.

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RE[2]: Missing the Point
by zima on Fri 1st Jun 2012 18:19 in reply to "RE: Missing the Point"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Clint Eastwood joins in, too...

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RE[2]: Missing the Point
by jefro on Fri 1st Jun 2012 21:17 in reply to "RE: Missing the Point"
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2007-04-13

The final agreement on the VHS and other recordable media was to put a pretty large tax in the US on any of those blank products. The proceeds from those taxes were to be shared by many groups. VHS didn't kill the industry because of this tax putting money in pockets from I Love Lucy to Frank Zappa.

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RE[3]: Missing the Point
by bornagainenguin on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 04:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Missing the Point"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

jefro spouted...

The final agreement on the VHS and other recordable media was to put a pretty large tax in the US on any of those blank products. The proceeds from those taxes were to be shared by many groups. VHS didn't kill the industry because of this tax putting money in pockets from I Love Lucy to Frank Zappa.


Yeah, yeah...I question whether any of the money from that tax ever made its way to any of the artists or performers the industry cried huge crocodile tears for. Considering how many artists have had to sue to get their share of settlement monies from previous MAFIAA action I somehow feel less than optimistic.

Oh and google around for information on Megakey, which I believe was the insult that demanded the MAFIAA take down Megaupload immediately, before the artists and performers discovered just how useless the self-styled gatekeepers of culture really are in an age of digital abundance...

--bornagainpenguin

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