Those of you of a certain age will remember the classic SNL parody commercial for “New Shimmer“:
It’s kind of the same thing with Aereo, isn’t it? As I said in my now-legendary-in-my-own-mind multi-part post, every next judge presented with the relevant inquiries in the Aereo case — i.e., the application of terms in the Copyright Act to technological facts not remotely anticipated by its drafters — takes a different run at judicial legislating, while contemptuously dismissing the last guy to touch this digital hot potato as the dimmest of stooges.
Yes, it’s a lot like Shimmer. Is this digital mini-stream time-place-concept-shifting business stuff a floor wax, or is it a dessert topping? Or, as Chevy Chase urges, could it really be both?
The latest comes in via an email from Owen Phillips , who writes as follows:
Hi Ron, I like your blog! I work with FilmOn and you’ve probably seen it’s involved alongside Aereo in a major test of Copyright Office rules. Late last week the Office turned down Aereo’s request for Compulsory License under Section 111—provisionally. At the same time it put out a request to the public to comment on the issues surrounding these decisions over 30 day period.
I think your readers would be interested to hear about this—and we’d like to maximize the public’s right the be heard in all of this.
He included this Copyright Office link for public comment. Why wouldn’t I post that? It’s not a spam link or something. It’s the government! Why wouldn’t we want to help the gummint figure out whether FilmOn is a delicious addition to the end of a special meal, or the perfect way to keep that linoleum looking great?
Well, let’s see. What do we know? We know that Owen really likes my blog. We don’t dismiss that as flattery intended merely to smooth the way for my consideration of his pitch, for it is entirely credible that one would like my blog, and that one would say so, too, at the slightest provocation.
What’s FilmOn? Go look for yourself at the FilmOn website. And before we go any further with what Owen wants you to hear about, here’s what is, more precisely, going on with FilmOn — an item from yesterday, July 21, 2014: Read More…