One line of thinking suggests that if the rights holders won't pay $25 then the value of the product is less than $25 - so why is the fine $15,000? I'll pay $25 to watch that season of Breaking Bad/Justified/Doctor Who/Game of Thrones but of course they won't let me.
Just to clarify also, I'm not opposed to the idea of copyright. Far from it - I made my living for many years via copyright and I cherish the notion that I can earn money by simply thinking about stuff and writing it down. My fear is that this kind of activity so devalues copyright in the public view that we raise a generation of kids who see stealing copyright material as normal and "right".
Has anyone out there got one of these notices? Care to show us?
I worked in a restaurant and we had ONE Otmar Lieber CD and we played it over and over and ...
One of the waiters left and as a parting gift he destroyed the CD. Oh how we cheered until the manager turned up with another copy just the same as the first.
it goes around and around...
I would say the police comment that he's committed an "unlawful act" without any opportunity to defend himself against those charges would and should become the basis for a defamation case against either the police the PM's office or both.
And given the number of times he was called a criminal in various other publications, I'd say that if Ambrose wanted to feather his own nest he'd probably be able to do so quite nicely (well, the nest of his lawyer that is).
Of course, he'd never work in this [media] town again.
Personally I'd shut down PoAL altogether and move the North Island's main port to Tauranga. Currently they simply compete with each other, we duplicate the costs for little gain and could use the money from the sale of the land on the waterfront to pay for a harbour crossing/light rail link/free puppy for every household/venture of the day.
But that's just me.
Yes, I was expressing sarcasm at the view (widely held in some circles).
My apologies - dryness doesn't always translate. I shall use more smiley faces. ;-)
Sent this to Russell but may as well post it here.
Nobody pays to make 0800 calls in NZ but the organisation you're calling pays to receive them.
Some companies do indeed block mobiles from calling their 0800 number (mobiles are luxury items, remember, not low-cost options for those that don't have the credit rating/wherewithal to pay for a landline) primarily because they cost four times the price of a similar call from a landline.
All of which points to the big problem here - don't you WANT more engagement with your key stakeholders?
(got to speak like that with govt departments/corporates as that's their language)
Get Vikram to tell you the weirdness of how they got to play the doco... then we can talk about copyright and where this whole shooting match is going.
I have the urge to go buy Bob some toy cars. Last year at Foo, Bob and I spent a lovely half hour with cars playing in the dirt.
Hopefully we can do something more substantial today. Let me know.
What can we do for David and Jen and the kids? They need what, everything I'm guessing?
How can we help?