View Full Version : The problem with the entertainment industry
08-09-2002, 05:01 PM
They don't work on the basic principles of Capitalism. They want people to conform to what they want, they don't try to conform to what people want. I don't want them to know what I watch and how much I watch it. I want the ability to tape and watch a show as many times as I want and without restrictions. I want the ability to copy a song onto my computer and put it in an mp3 player, or just carry around my music selection in my laptop or PDA. These companies have forgotten this BASIC concept of Capitalism and in the end it will be their or our downfall.
I think whats wrong with them is that they screwed us every chance they got and now that we've got a chance to screw them back, they cry "no fair'. They made thier bed, and now they have to sleep in it.
08-10-2002, 12:28 AM
I think a lot of people are in denial that downloading music/media IS stealing. You can do it if you want, but don't make excuses to justify what your doing. And now the industry is panicing cause people are stealing ***** left and right. I admit some of their actions are a little extreme, but i don't blame them.
08-10-2002, 06:34 AM
The problem is, their actions (the music industry) are now assuming guilt on the part of the average person. The steps they take to prevent piracy are impacting people who use the product legally.
Copy protected CDs won't play on many computers. They'll seriously hose up a Mac (no liability by RIAA, of course!). Supposedly, this is to prevent piracy. But it also limits my legal right to play these CDs on my computer, and to rip MP3 files for my own personal use, as well as make a backup copy of the music for my own protection. Does RIAA's right to prevent piracy outweigh my right to use the product legally?
Or RIAA and the MPAA's new attempt to make it legal to hack into pcs in search of copyrighted materials, without a court order. And if passed, it would clear them of any liability for damage they do in the process of hacking. They don't need proof to hack you, just "reasonable evidence", reasonable evidence as determined by them, not an impartial judge or governing body. Imagine if police could use the same loose standards to search your home!
And this is all even before serious Digital Rights Management products make it to the market. Then it gets even MORE interesting.
RIAA and the MPAA have a perfect right to try and prevent piracy. As long as they do it in legal ways, without infringing upon the legal uses of their product. So far, about ALL they've done is infringe upon legal uses of the product.
And to try and buy legislation makes me even more upset. Government is not there to preserve the profits of these companies. RIAA has no guaranteed right to profit. And they shouldn't expect legislation to help them maintain that profit just because their product is behind the times.
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