Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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LOL
by cjcox on Thu 30th Aug 2007 15:47 UTC
cjcox
Member since:
2006-12-21

Text is mostly trash. However, the reason for DRM, sadly, is for the reason that those that 0wn us say... it's because people violate the law daily. Can we all agree to stop copying music and movies illegally? I know that won't stop DRM, but it might just keep it from digging even further into my personal freedoms. My own rough surveys show that 75% of Junior High and Senior High students download music/movies or rip music/movies to media players. Out of which >90% give copies away or receive copies of music/movies without purchasing them. Most learned to do this from friends OR from their parents. And almost none of them feel that they have violated the law in any way.

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RE: LOL
by leavengood on Thu 30th Aug 2007 17:21 in reply to "LOL"
leavengood Member since:
2006-12-13

"Out of which >90% give copies away or receive copies of music/movies without purchasing them. Most learned to do this from friends OR from their parents. And almost none of them feel that they have violated the law in any way."

If most people break a law without remorse or consequences, maybe the law should be changed, not the people.

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RE: LOL
by edwdig on Thu 30th Aug 2007 18:30 in reply to "LOL"
edwdig Member since:
2005-08-22

My own rough surveys show that 75% of Junior High and Senior High students download music/movies

Yes, that's a problem.

or rip music/movies to media players.

But that's perfectly fine. Remember, the iPod existed before the iTunes Music Store.

Out of which >90% give copies away or receive copies of music/movies without purchasing them. Most learned to do this from friends OR from their parents. And almost none of them feel that they have violated the law in any way.

That's wrong, but not really unexpected. People would lend each other CDs all the time when I was in high school. But if you're using mp3 files instead of carrying CDs, what do you expect to happen?

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