Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Aug 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by Morgan
Legal And we have another contender for the stupidest technology-related lawsuit of 2011. Do you remember RealNetworks? The scourge of '90s web users? Lucky for us, their horrible media player is no longer a requirement on the web. Also lucky, for those of us who occasionally run into content encoded in any of Real's codecs, there's Real Alternative (download here). Well, apparently, RealNetworks is not happy with Real Alternative (download here), as the US company has completely destroyed the life of the Dutch maintainer of a website who dared to link to Real Alternative (download here).
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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by bfr99 on Sun 28th Aug 2011 13:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
bfr99
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Doesn't change a thing, though. It's still an entirely idiotic overreaching response.

Just because the response may be legal does not mean I have to agree with it. Many people today have this inertia-induced idea that "people exist to serve the law", while in a decent society, it should be "laws exist to serve the people". This is clearly a case where things are going horribly wrong - and yes, I fully blame Real for that.

Broaden your horizons. There are those, perhaps many who believe the law is just and correct and are not merely passive.
A common logical fallacy is that those who disagree with oneself are somehow stupider, les informed, lazier or have some other flaw. Sometimes they merely disagree.

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