Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Apr 2006 15:06 UTC, submitted by Punktyras
Legal For the last few years, a coalition of technology companies, academics and computer programmers has been trying to persuade Congress to scale back the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Now US Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite. A proposed copyright law seen by CNET would expand the DMCA's restrictions on software that can bypass copy protections and grant federal police more wiretapping and enforcement powers.
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RE[8]: What about our rights?
by atsureki on Thu 27th Apr 2006 12:33 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: What about our rights?"
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And how, exactly, is this going to cause Hollywood to back off on DRM? Answer: It won't. In fact, an escalation in piracy will have the result of reducing the choice of available content (because fewer people are paying for it) and increased restrictions on media.

Nonsense. The more digital piracy, the more DVDs and CDs you can buy. Before you could just download every episode of the run of the show, how many "complete series" could you buy on tape? Any? It was all just a bunch of random episodes. The more bits flying around unprotected, the more people become accustomed to the notion that they can own everything they want. The market capitalizes on this by producing more units and lowering prices. My DVD shelf looks like the library of Congress, at least 300 retail discs, and I have BitTorrent going 24/7. I'm a consumer whore because unrestricted digital just makes it so easy, and Sony has a few thousand of my dollars to help comfort them as they get used to this brave new world.

Granted, it might serve the purpose of driving down the retail street price of DVDs and CDs. But they will be harder to use.

That's a separate mechanism. CEOs decide they want to protect their assets, call in some lawyers to wave their magic wands, and enact tyrrany on an unsuspecting public. I think someday we'll see the Supreme Court strike down an EULA, but maybe that's just wishful thinking. The way things are going now, they're more likely to crucify the GPL.

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