- Apr 28, 2018
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Man, the definition is in the first sentence! After this, as law works, you have a mention of the relevant area which is treating the problem, and clarification of the elements that courts are looking for to determine whether the punishable offense was committed.Partly because it isn't hairsplitting to me. I see arguments about this could or might or maybe be bad in the future if someone evil takes over. But so far it seems largely run effectively, with mostly consumer benefits and what no one is saying but also seems to be true is mostly publisher benefits. I mean BedrockBrendan I'm guessing you make more now under a large OBS environment that you did in a fragmented market where folks first had to know you existed then find where on the internet you might sell and then trust your shopping engine. People seem to be forgetting the benefits of OBS's position TO THEM and only focusing on where it might hurt them.
The one exception that I completely agree with is the instant off for complaints over content and that's a big one.
Here's the full quote which provides a lot more and different context:
Monopoly is a control or advantage obtained by one entity over the commercial market in a specific area. Monopolization is an offense under federal anti trust law. The two elements of monopolization are (1) the power to fix prices and exclude competitors within the relevant market. (2) the willful acquisition or maintenance of that power as distinguished from growth or development as a consequence of a superior product, business acumen or historical accident.
A market condition in which there is only one seller and one buyer is called a bilateral monopoly. A situation where one buyer controls the market is called monopsony.
My emphasis added.
Your emphasis is from one of those elements. But the definition is only part of the whole.
For comparison, you can check their definition of mail theft, which is even more limited: the definition is only part of the sentence.
Again, the first sentence is clearly the definition - the rest is known as "details".Mail theft occurs when thieves steal mail that is not their own from postal trucks, collection boxes, apartment mailbox panels, co-op mailing racks, and neighborhood delivery and collection box units. Thieves often steal mail to obtain credit cards, social security numbers, bank statements, checks, and other personal information.
Mail and identity theft has been reported by postal inspectors to be the #1 white-collar crime in the U.S today. Some of the steps recommended to prevent mail theft, among others, include not leaving mail in the mailbox overnight, having the post office hold mail while you're out of town, and not sending cash in the mail, not leaving bills in your mail box for the mail carrier to pick up, and immediately notifying your post office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail if you change your address.
The following is a federal statute governing mail theft:
Obstruction of correspondence
Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post office or any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any letter or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or authorized depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail carrier, before it has been delivered to the person to whom it was directed, with design to obstruct the correspondence, or to pry into the business or secrets of another, or opens, secretes, embezzles, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Mind you, I'm not arguing that OBS should be punished by law, I'm arguing that it fits the definition of monopoly. So all I needed was the definition.
And seriously, buying the RPGNow and merging with Roll20 would cover the rest of the element (no, it doesn't matter that it was a good idea, business-wise). The first element has been stated in the thread already by all the publishers present...
Luckily, I'm not in a court of law and have no intention to help any such suit, if one was started.
But for arguing on a forum the definition was plenty, in my book.