Thursday, July 02, 2009

2476 I have a great idea...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Stephen, of [A]mazed and [Be]mused: “Christians don’t
conform their values and actions to the example of Christ.
They merely use the name of Christ as cover for their
prior commitments, which are locally and
historically determined.”

(As I said in the beginning, I don't always agree with these quotes, sometimes I just like the way the idea was expressed, or I liked it because it made me think.)

I ran Spybot again today. Spybot detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spybot did find a few bits of spyware on my system - mostly stuff that keeps track of what I search for and then advertisers pay for and use that information to target ads to me.

I gave Spybot permission to remove all of it except the pieces I use to track hits on my blog.

And then I had this great idea for a class action suit!

The spyware people gather information about me and then they get paid by advertisers for that information. They gather that information by storing cookies on my hard drive, a hard drive that I paid good money for every bit and byte of, and which I can't use if they're using it. They transmit that info over my internet connection, for which I pay, by the bit and byte (except that in my particular case, my connection is unlimited, but that's just me).

Um, shouldn't they be paying me and the millions of other victims for their use of our materials, for which we have paid? Especially since we have not given them permission to use it?

They don't have squatters' rights. They durn well ought to pay rent. Even if it's only a few cents a day, multiply that by millions of users, and years of unauthorised use, and we've got something that might put them out of business.

This sounds like a sure winner. Anyone know a greedy lawyer?


Becs said...

If you find one, let me know! They should be pretty thick on the ground, don't you think?

~~Silk said...

According to the Wall Street Journal law blog, they're pretty thick on the unemployment lines these days.