Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 20th Feb 2010 00:40 UTC
Multimedia, AV Sigh. So, we have the music industry whose DRM schemes and other anti-piracy measures have thoroughly failed, and are only hindering consumers who stick to the letter of the law. Now we have Hollywood who's going to do it all over again: the AACS LA is busy killing off component video - even for existing, currently-owned equipment.
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Bits vs Service
by shiva on Sat 20th Feb 2010 20:52 UTC
shiva
Member since:
2007-01-24

The problem is that companies want to sell us bits and want to convince us that bits are like physical things that have scarcity (in economic sense)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarcity

Digital copying is perfect, easy and very cheap and this fact will exterminate the need of intermediates like recording companies.

They should to sell you SERVICES and CONVENIENCE. I, for example, buy musical DVDs from my favorite artists because I want to help them and because it is convenient for me have a physical DVD to play on my house. But I have also many pirated and non pirated (ripped from original CD/DVD) mp3 and video files on my computer from artists wich I am not a big fan or movies that I cannot buy or that don't are sufficient good to pay for them.

I also bought many versions of commercial linux distributions with pleasure but I never buy a non-OEM windows license because I don't like it. And I only pay for some OEM windows licenses because there are not an alternative.

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RE: Bits vs Service
by nt_jerkface on Sat 20th Feb 2010 23:41 in reply to "Bits vs Service"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

No the problem is that people like you forget that society does not create laws based on convenience.

Intellectual properly laws recognize the fact that for certain types of work greater than 99.99999% of the effort goes into the creation, not the reproduction. If you allow people to copy whatever they want then certain types of content will not be produced, period.

No one wants to invest 5 million into a research team just so some big corp can take the team's work and sell it under their own name.

Oh and recording companies provide more than mere copying. They provide services to the artist like music production, distribution, marketing and promotion.

Edited 2010-02-20 23:44 UTC

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