quote: Whatever happened to the freedom of expression...
quote: A lot of retail stores tell their employees to just let people go when an employee SEES them steal something
quote: thousands of people who download music continuously, but haven't bought a CD in years. They're not "customers". They're just pirates, looking to justify their thievery.
quote: As for the cost of a cd versus the cost of downloading it via iTunes and such, I feel it's perfectly justified that the cost of a cd is more.
quote: As for the MPAA, has the cost of a DVD gone down? No, it's no different than CDs.
quote: Back in my high school days when I dreamed of being a rocker (hey, who didn't?) I actually decided to investigate how much it would cost to have CD's made for me (never actually did). I found that for what any studio would consider low volumn (5,000 cds or less) I could have CD's made with 3 color covers for about $2/per disk.... No, the price difference is not justified, sorry. $20 per CD (like the average used to be) sure as hell isn't considering you don't get the same production costs associated with a CD as you do a movie (for instance).
quote: No, you can get all kinds of movies (great ones infact) for $5 or less! And I'm noticing that it is quite easy to find new hot just realeased films for $15 or less at major retailers. The MPAA shares some of the RIAA's bad practices (going after customers on occation), but not so bad as trying to fleace their customers.
quote: I do feel it's justified that they protect what is rightfully theirs.
quote: The Wagon Maker Consortium is serving lawsuits to every Ford customer they can prove. It seems that this new innovation, the "Automobile" is taking large portions of their profits, and is doing so without their consent. Cease and desist orders are being mailed out with an option to settle out of court for a marginal fee, $500, rather than sue each auto owner $50 for each mile that has been driven with the vehicle. So far thousands of orders have been sent out, and many, fearing the extensive and expensive legal battle that would ensue, have elected to settle. More on this in the next issue...
quote: We live in a world ruled by fear.
quote: They spread fear of terrorism to further their political agendas.
quote: Wake up guys we are SHEEP!
quote: Note how no leftwinger rebutted what you said and instead just voted you down to zero.
quote: Stupid kids.
quote: the DMCA (signed into law by Pres. Clinton in 1998).
quote: If they want to end piracy they could do it very easily and very simply. They could lower prices and compromise with us for fair usage!
quote: Can you see why people want to pirate? A cartel that conspires to inflate prices, millions of dollars dumped into ineffective anti-piracy sites, and a lack of regard for the consumer.
quote: Or what about speeding? is that immoral? Look at Michigan's freeways. Speed limit is 70, traffic flows at 80.
quote: One of the things i was trying to get at was that "morality" is not a solid black and white subject. Nobody is ever going to agree on what is morally right or wrong.
quote: TANSTAAFL, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch, believe it, someone somewhere pays for everything.
quote: I simply meant that "morality" is simply a personal system of right and wrong with no guidelines except for the general view of a specific society.
quote: But i stand by my statement. You cannot steal something that is simply available to everyone. The people at fault are the ones who make it available to everyone
quote: By your statements i would assume that you would also say that everyone should give money to the poor sap whose house burned down
quote: I hope you mean to say that while there are some moral absolutes, IP theft isn't one of them.I'm not sure how well that works; you'd have to ask the content creators how they feel about seeing the result of their effort stolen without compensation. My guess is that you would tend to get a solid opinion against IP theft and piracy. I've had the occasion to see my writing hijacked and attributed to another author, and I didn't feel very good about it. I felt pretty ripped off.
quote: Unlike the previous two leaks, MDD claims it received the leaked source code directly from a MediaDefender employee. and the NFO file ends with “a special thanks to the MD employee that gave this to us.”
quote: Everyone is entitled to enjoy the culture in which they live.
quote: “a special thanks to the MD employee that gave this to us.”
quote: In closing, the isoHunt administrator says that the he will comply with the request if it is properly submitted. "Despite us being located in Canada, if you do actually figure out how to compose a valid DMCA notice, we will honor it," he concedes, "just as soon as we're done laughing at you."
quote: Torrent site Meganova received an identical letter from SMR&H, but responded publicly and with a bit less civility. "Dearest little asstunnels, Let me start off by thanking you for your pitiful attempt to have your e-mails removed from the entire internet," Meganova's response says. "In case you haven't noticed, this site is located in Europe (I hope you can point it out on a map) where your stupid copyright claims have no base. But fair is fair you guys did suffer over the past week so here's bit of advice to you guys: F*** you! F*** you again! F*** you again and again and again!" (I'm guessing that an "asstunnel" is what you get when a European whose first language isn't English tries to say "asshole." It seemed awkward when I first read the response, but the expression has since grown on me.)
quote: ..."just as soon as we're done laughing at you."