Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Apr 2010 18:48 UTC
Legal Another article on intellectual property enforcement? Yes, since I consider this to be the most important struggle technology has to face over the coming decade. We already know that content providers don't care one bit about hard-fought concepts like freedom and privacy, but the joint proposals by the RIAA and MPAA to the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator really blew my brains out: monitoring software installed on people's computers, border inspections - it's all there, and then some.
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RE: Cavity search for flash drives?
by tdemj on Fri 16th Apr 2010 03:20 UTC in reply to "Cavity search for flash drives?"
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How exactly am I supposed to prove the legality of my music originated from CDs? There's no encryption on audio CDs, so the only proof is the physical media itself. Are they going to put up vending machines in Best Buy that shred CDs and spit out digitally signed flac, or <gasp> mp3? How much is it going to cost? Are iTunes and Amazon mp3s unique enough to be used as proof? I certainly hope these companies track all purchases and issue proof of ownership. It's bad enough that I carry a pile of paperwork with me to prove the origin of my camera equipment and other gadgets.

Quite frankly, if they want to accuse me of a crime, the burden is on them, not on me, to prove it. If any of this is going to happen, we're better off going with a subscription service. I've already given up on buying movies, because it's so much cheaper and easier to rent it online. In return I don't even have to worry about the media format conversion. Really, there's a movie I purchased on tape, DVD and BluRay. How many more times am I supposed to buy it? And you're saying if I want to take it on an airplane, I need to buy the mobile version as well?

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