I will forever call anybody who walks around with their legs in their sleeves as if they only have two limbs “pantsman” after pantskat, even though there are literally no pants involved and it doesn’t make any sense. :p
[S]ome seem to be wondering why this one technology company […] is so important. It is incredibly important for reasons that have almost nothing to do with Aereo’s actual service. Rather, it’s about how the Supreme Court will interpret a key part of the Copyright Act, which could have an astoundingly bad chilling effect on pretty much all cloud computing. […]
Aereo’s position is that when Aereo subscribers pay for access to an antenna and direct it to send them back a unique copy of a particular broadcast, this is private. Different users access different antennae at different times, and each user receives a different copy of a work — even if they’re watching the same broadcast. Aereo isn’t rebroadcasting one work to thousands; it gives technology to thousands who at different times use that technology to access and possibly store different copies of works that they’re already lawfully entitled to receive. This is not unlike the Sony Betamax, which didn’t copy television, but gave thousands of consumers the technology to make reproductions of television content that they were already lawfully receiving.
Broadcasters have responded by saying that none of this matters; Aereo is infringing, they contend, so long as a given work is made available to multiple members of the public, even if Aereo does it with different unique copies, and at different times.
The problem with this rationale is that it applies with equal force to cloud storage like Dropbox, SkyDrive, iCloud, and Google Drive. If multiple people store their own, unique, lawfully acquired copy of the latest hit single in the cloud, and then play it to themselves over the Internet, that too sounds like the broadcasters’ version of a public performance. The anti-Aereo rationale doesn’t distinguish between Aereo and the cloud.
If you don’t think that copyright holders won’t take a victory here and go after various cloud services, you haven’t been paying attention to the history of copyright fights over the past few decades.
Imagine opening Google Earth to find a large blackout zone roughly the size of Africa covering the surface of the globe. This region is completely unexplored and unknown. No satellite images exist, and our traditional mapping techniques cease to work here. Basic information about the general landscape is replaced only with darkened pixels. […]
While gaps of this size do not exist in our world maps, they are very present in our genomic map. …
(Spoiler! Part of it is a little place we like to call… the centromere.)
once when i was little, i claimed it was a teacher’s work day so i wouldn’t have to go to school and mom’s not an idiot so of course it didn’t work, but when we got to the school, we found it was a teacher’s work day and that made me think i had super powers so i started trying to kill classmates with my mind to confirm the theory
You thought you had super powers so you immediately attempted to murder everyone