Still chugging

September 5th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yes, still kicking…still ranting.  Today’s rant makes me wonder about the sanity of government.  When it cooperates with corporate greed, abusive results seem the norm.

Many of you have children or grand-children.  There may be a great or two scattered out there.  As a member of the “aging population” it seems too easy to recall the past with nostalgia.  Boy does that work here.  Think of youth — impetuous.   Parents have liability until majority which isn’t always linked to immediate sanity.  Picture what the following quote could do to a family or a young, impetuous adult.

David Post, writing at the Volokh Conspiracy blog, describes how the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty may prevent any changes to copyright law regarding orphan works. Quoting: “Big problem #1 is that copyright law doesn’t require the plaintiff to show any damage whatsoever. And it authorizes awards of up to $150,000 in “statutory damages” for each work that is infringed — independent of any damage assessment. … It appears that the latest version of the treaty contains, buried within its many hundreds of pages, language that could require the U.S. to scuttle its plans for a sensible revision of this kind. … Any provision of U.S. law that eliminated ‘pre-established damage’ or ‘additional damages’ for any class of works could be a violation of various TPP provisions requiring that such damages be made available, and it even appears that distribution of orphan works would have to subject the distributor to criminal copyright liability.”

(The Volokh Conspiracy Blog sounds like it might be a nut case. It is actually a collection of law school profs and lawyers.)

Well, there can go the retirement fund, college fund, solvency in general.  Someone’s kid gloms onto a book or a dvd.  It a transient pleasure that the law will allow to will destroy lives.”

Note:  -Wikipedia
An orphan work is a copyright protected work for which rightsholders are positively indeterminate or uncontactable. Sometimes only originator or rightsholder name(s) are known, yet contact is stymied by the exhaustive unavailability of sufficient further details.[1] A work can become orphaned through rightsholders being unaware of their holding, or by their demise (e.g. deceased persons or defunct companies) and establishing inheritance has proved impracticable.[2] In other cases, comprehensively diligent research fails to determine any authors, creators or originators for a work.

Sadly, we vote these folks into office.   We’re stupid.

Please write your senator.  They ratify treaties.



  1. September 6th, 2015 at 10:38 | #1

    Yes, we vote them into office, unfortunately. The political system doesn’t work.

    Not sure what the answer is. Maybe Senators can only be elected for one term? Then perhaps they would try and make a difference for the six years they are in office, instead of selling out to be sure to be re-elected, no?

  2. September 6th, 2015 at 12:15 | #2

    Hmmm … you ARE still alive. Not a bad post. I’m sure you won’t mind if I cut and paste it on my blog and take full credit for it.

  3. September 6th, 2015 at 12:19 | #3

    @Dave I don’t know a solution. Eliminating a solid Senator with good ideas would be the problem. Maybe Fed funded elections with no donations allowed. Probably take a major revision of the bill of rights.

    @Sparky No attribution required. I am a near defunct site and it won’t really benefit me so let it benefit you

  4. Very Josie
    September 14th, 2015 at 12:20 | #4

    @Ken Prevo

    Hey Old Man, you’re still alive and kicking! (and um posting!)

  5. September 15th, 2015 at 10:02 | #5

    Hi, Ol’ gal. I say that with your son driving. Off to college pretty soon, eh?
    Enjoy the empty nest.

  6. September 20th, 2015 at 08:39 | #6

    If you put out a piece of cheese, eventually a rat comes around, huh?

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