Weekend tech reading: TWC says 'no' to massive piracy case

By Matthew
May 16, 2010
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  1. Time Warner Cable tries to put brakes on massive piracy case Yesterday, Time Warner Cable told a federal court overseeing a massive 2,094-person lawsuit targeting the poor folks who downloaded (and, what's worse, apparently watched) Uwe Boll's Far Cry that the US Copyright Group's subpoenas were out of control. Ars Technica

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  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    But we're talking Uwe Boll here. Certainly there is an insanity clause... No? Yes?
  3. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 742   +14

    @Route44: You should be censored. Did you know that the people who invented the transistor were labeled insane. Where would you be today if they were locked up?
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Uh, the comment was directed at Uwe Boll and people wanting to download his content...

    Look up Uwe Boll.
  5. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 879   +52

    We'd still have computers the size of rooms and vacuum tubes televisions.
  6. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,062   +69

    I have to side with Route44 here. Uwe Boll is not only insane, but he's a certifiable *****. Why anyone would bother paying for one of his movies, much less downloading one, is beyond me. I could say the same about Michael Moore.
  7. isamuelson

    isamuelson Newcomer, in training Posts: 96

    That are the people who actually watched that movie should be locked up just for watching it. Uwe Boll movies need to be outlawed just because of the suckatility factor! How is it this man can keep making these movies? Worse yet, how does he keep finding people stupid enough to do them?
  8. isamuelson

    isamuelson Newcomer, in training Posts: 96

    That are the people who actually watched that movie should be locked up just for watching it. Uwe Boll movies need to be outlawed just because of the suckatility factor! How is it this man can keep making these movies? Worse yet, how does he keep finding people stupid enough to do them?
  9. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,259   +216

    Honestly, I think this group should be looking for people OTHER than ones that have watched a Uwe Boll movie... I mean, seriously, how much more can those poor folks be punished? Go after people who have actually pirated a title that doesn't destroy brain cells upon viewing. And, I believe there are residual effects from viewing a Uwe Boll movie, but I can't put my finger on any scientific facts behind this - I just know that, based on my own personal experiences, there were long periods of blackouts in between psychotic fits of rage at how completely and utterly one human being could destroy storylines with potential.

    These poor saps have paid enough. Go after people who downloaded the Hurt Locker or Precious.
  10. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,259   +216

    Man, could you imagine the new nVidia graphics card for one of those? It would be like a nuclear reactor! :)
  11. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    LOL!
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 917   +26

    Can it be proved that any of the people involved actually watched the movie? (If so, how would that be done?) I'm sure quite a few people thought they're downloading the game, or just thought they'd try to see what that movie was about and never watched it to any extent once they realised what they got.
  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,259   +216

    Ya know... I think maybe there should be a countersuit against Uwe Boll from those who actually watched his movies... Mind rape maybe, or involuntary brainslaughter...
     
  14. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,019   +83 Staff Member

    ET3D, although that should possibly be taken into account, I don't think the movie industry really cares whether people watch the movies. In court, I imagine they would liken it to someone stealing a physical DVD from Walmart and never getting around to opening the cellophane. Granted, in that instance, there's *is* a tangible loss in materials, manufacturing, transportation etc. but none of that matters in their eyes.

    "Theft is theft" some folks will claim, but digital piracy does NOT impose the same loss as physical theft and that should definitely be measured. Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to obtain solid figures on the damage of piracy. Results would vary from firm to firm, not only because of true variables but also in motive. I imagine if some serious research were undertaken, the industry would be involved in the funding and overall agenda.
  15. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,362   +260

    Wheres TomSEA?? I wonder if he thinks its ok to download Uwe Boll films? Since he's completely against this kind of thing, but would he really want anyone buying his films?
  16. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 179

    And the most you would get out of that Nuclear reactor are five frames a second. And a Black screen of Death..Blue screens will be too many frames.
  17. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    In all seriousness about using vacuum tubes instead of transistors... nobody will ever know what would've happened if transistors were never invented. Maybe vacuum tube technology would've advanced, and miniturised....

    Although, I'm sure a digital watch using vacuum tubes would be pretty interesting to use. Not to mention it'd probably be as large as an arm.
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