said 2 months, 1 week ago:
@lifeforce5 Bob, I commend you for taking on Goliath, but though the tide may seem to be turning in Canada, my more than a decade of work as a volunteer legal advocate in the States tells me that that notion only gives false hopes and many heartaches to those who try to battle Goliath in USA courts… especially those who have little money and can ill afford the loss they will surely suffer.
Depending on the legal issue, if someone is poor here, and their tell of woe catches the ear and grabs the heart of an empathetic pro bono (free) attorney or free law clinic whose whole mission is to help the poor… then, yeah, they may have a slight chance at justice.
But there are NO pro bono attorneys or law clinics for legal business issues such as “copyright infringement” or theft of intellectual property. And there never will be. These are “business” issues. Businesses make profits or they are nonprofits. No attorney in the world “donates” their time to profit-making businesses. It’s just not done. They may barter or trade services or products with each other, but no business “donates” anything to another “profit-making” business. What would be the point?
And as far as those with tales of woe… only a tiny fraction… less than 1%… are ever helped with the assistance of a pro bono attorney. The rest walk or run away from the issue that plagues, stalks or haunts them.
As far as the odds of winning a civil case in a court of law WITH the assistance of a qualified attorney… the odds are slim… waaaaaaaaay LESS than 50%, even though you’d think differently. That’s the FIRST thing any licensed attorney will tell you, so you enter a contract with them with reasonable expectations. Most will tell you your chances are better at hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas than they are in winning whatever it is you WANT to win in any civil lawsuit, regardless of the issue. That’s just being honest.
The odds of winning a case WITHOUT an attorney on your own… a gnat would have a better chance of living 100 years.
So to you, my friend, I give congratulations… for defeating Goliath without spending any money and without any professional help. But that fact should not give false courage to anyone else that duplicating your victory without help of court-sanctioned licensed professionals (or even WITH them) is possible… at all.
It only gives credence to the FACT that you are an incredibly tenacious, remarkable man!!!!!! And to your amazing, one-of-a-kind destiny… Others, the other 99.9999999% of all others… however unfortunate or fortunate… will never be you… nor share your incredible victory.
So we STILL need an operable administrative method to process bulk copyright infringement cases in courts, especially in the USA.
Just my thoughts, Bob …