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Daoine
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posted 21 November 2002 06:21 PM      Profile for Daoine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Another shot in the war on consumer rights.

BMG on Copy Protection Problems


From: Gulag Alabamadze | Registered: Nov 2002  |  IP: Logged
Smith
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posted 21 November 2002 06:39 PM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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There are 250 Million blank CDRs and tapes bought and used this year for copying music in comparison to 213 Million prerecorded audio media. This means the owners are only being paid for 46 per cent of the musical content.

Bull. I've been burning CDs like mad lately, and what have they had on them? Data. That's right; data. The contents of my hard drive. Nothing to do with music at all.

So how are they getting this number?


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pogge
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posted 21 November 2002 06:40 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On the other hand we have this:

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A group of Microsoft researchers, including Paul 'Mr Secure PC' England, has delivered a paper which concludes that all efforts to stop content swapping/theft - possibly even including Palladium - are in the long term futile.

File swap nets will win, DRM and lawyers lose, say MS researchers

That's right folks. Even Microsoft's own people are telling them, and everyone else, what independent sources have been saying all along. Copy protection is a waste of time and can only hurt your business in the long run. Ask Lotus.

Edit: fixed link (I hope).

[ November 21, 2002: Message edited by: Slim ]


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Daoine
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posted 21 November 2002 06:45 PM      Profile for Daoine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
They're deliberately clouding the issue.

They also conveniently ignore that for every blank CDR manufactured, a fee is paid to the RIAA (or RIAA membership) specifically to offset potential losses due to piracy.

I'm not sure I've ever copied an audio CD per se. I've made mixes, I've ripped to mp3s and made larger compilations, but most of the burning I do is data or old shows/cartoons that aren't available anywhere else.

The digital age permits a greater degree of intrusion into and control of how media can be used, and I think we've just reached a point where these corporations see a manifest destiny in profiting in ways that were never before possible.

(This is one of my personal pet peeves, so forive my enthusiasm )


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pogge
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posted 21 November 2002 06:58 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Daoine: The digital age permits a greater degree of intrusion into and control of how media can be used, and I think we've just reached a point where these corporations see a manifest destiny in profiting in ways that were never before possible.

You're right about their sense of entitlement but their concern runs deeper than that. The entertainment industry has been slow to acknowledge the effect that technology can have on the distribution of their product, and the need that imposes to adapt their business models. They've tried to get away with lobbies and lawyers instead of innovation. Now I think you'll see them acting out of something even stronger than greed - fear!

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(This is one of my personal pet peeves, so forive my enthusiasm )

Mine too.


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