Louis Rossmann on DMCA and Right to Repair; and a feline made his YouTube channel famous

Louis Rossmann, who runs a Mac repair shop in NYC (and other places – I’m not sure how his adventures in Florida, etc, have turned out) and a well known YouTube channel, interviews Nathan Proctor, from US PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) on the recent bill HR6566, the Right to Repair Act.

Right to Repair deals with Section 1201 (anti-circumvention) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, and has been controversial since the beginning, although maybe not as well known as the Safe Harbor Provision for platforms regarding takedown notices for copyright complaints (see posting June 21 on CASE). It is, in a vernacular sense, a “Section 230 for copyright”.

Many manufacturers places locks around some components of computer equipment, such as cooling fans.  There has been controversy of litigation over claims that hobbyists or technicians who break the locks are infringing on copyright – as the manufacturers want the revenue stream from repairs.  Imagine if your car worked like this (although many components of modern autos are impossible for ordinary family members to repair, compared to times past).   There is controversy especially over disabling antipiracy locks, although doing so itself is not piracy!

Rossmann also has a brief video recently on a new bill in Canada requiring big Tech platforms (especially Google) to show results from Canadian sources to IP locations in Canada preferably to others. A bit of nationalism or autarky?

I’ll also show one of Louis’s videos of Mr. Clinton (now 12 years old), the charismatic feline who has made his YouTube channel take off.

How other two cats, Blackberry and Oreo (whom he took home from the street), aren’t as charismatic as Clinton, who particularly warns us about Cuomo (just before the scandal). When I lived in my first garden apartment in Dallas (right after a move there to start 1979), I was 'adopted' by an unaltered male cat, known as Timmy, who would come by every few days and knew the sound of my car as I drove up. He particularly liked cooked hamburger. He was very talkative. If cats have reincarnation, Mr. Clinton Is almost surely the reincarnation of Timmy, and would recognize me now if I met him in person. The cat, as an animal, is unique in being to live in the wild, and be able to visit and bond with humans “they” (or “e”) remembers and likes. When Louis makes a video with Clinton at his side, it's hard to believe Clinton doesn't know something is very wrong in the outside world. Same could be said for the two cats and dog on Bret Weinstein's and Heather Heying's "Dark Horse Podcast Clips" questioning the trite 'conventional wisdom' of today's Left.

In fact, there was a film about such a proposition for dogs, “A Dog’s Purpose "(Dec. 2016, also known as 'A Dog's Journey'), directed by Lasse Hallstrom, based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, starring Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, and Juliet Rylance, with Josh Gad as the dog’s voice in several incarnations. The tagline is 'Every dog happens for a reason'.

The ending was truly heartwarming. As I recall, reincarnated pets can find reincarnated (or simply elderly) former owners.

So we wind up, who is a favorite animal? The cat may have an advantage in being able to go solitary rather than belonging to a tribe, then making social connections when e wants to.

(Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11 AM EDT by John W. Boushka)