Linked by Smith Johnson on Thu 27th Sep 2007 15:22 UTC
Windows According to at least one blogger, Microsoft should abandon Vista before it's too late. It would appear he's not alone in this opinion, as Microsoft has begun allowing users to downgrade back to XP. Amongst the reasons? Poor sales figures and shoddy Vista "Extras".
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RE: My response
by archiesteel on Thu 27th Sep 2007 18:23 UTC in reply to "My response"
archiesteel
Member since:
2005-07-02

But it is a little silly to say that MS is wrong in preventing you from doing something essentially illegal.


Backup copies are protected under the Fair Use provisions of copyright.

DRM also adds overhead, which is never a good thing.

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RE[2]: My response
by Lu-Tze on Thu 27th Sep 2007 19:33 in reply to "RE: My response"
Lu-Tze Member since:
2006-01-10

Thanks a lot. I did not realize a complete backup copy of a movie or album is allowed under Fair Use. Does anyone know why no media company has ever been sued for this.

On your other point, DRM IS DEFINITELY added overhead and is bad (as far as I can see) but my point was that people are agreeing to it when they buy DRM'ed stuff so pointless blaming MS for covering their ass. I am guessing half the idea behind MS's implementation might just be their legal dept saying that we better include it before RIAA sues under DMCA for "facilitating violation" like they did with DVD X Copy, etc. Because when you think about it MS has limited gains from implementing DRM in Windows.

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RE[2]: My response
by Obscurus on Fri 28th Sep 2007 02:51 in reply to "RE: My response"
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2006-04-20

Backup copies are protected under the Fair Use provisions of copyright.


Depends where you live - here in Australia, there is no such thing as "fair use" under our copyright laws.

DRM also adds overhead, which is never a good thing.


True, but the overhead is so negligible that it will have no discernible effect on anything, and certainly not while you are not playing DRM afflicted media.

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RE[3]: My response
by archiesteel on Fri 28th Sep 2007 18:14 in reply to "RE[2]: My response"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Depends where you live - here in Australia, there is no such thing as "fair use" under our copyright laws.


Then your copyright laws are defective, and should be amended.

True, but the overhead is so negligible that it will have no discernible effect on anything


I wouldn't be so sure.

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