Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC
In the News And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!
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comment by waid0004
by waid0004 on Sat 13th Mar 2010 23:36 UTC
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IANAL, but I see three major problems with ACTA and current laws.

1. Software is based on mathematical expressions and ideas, and shouldn't be any more "patentable" than 2+2.

2. As far as I know there is no distinction between personal non-commercial use and for-profit commercial use.

3. Copyright keeps being extended and extended, currently we can expect it to become infinite. Copyright should provide an exclusive monopoly for a *limited* amount of time to encourage innovation.

I guess that unfortunately to be a citizen of the US is also to be a criminal.
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RE: comment by waid0004
by StychoKiller on Sun 14th Mar 2010 02:16 in reply to "comment by waid0004"
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Most of this so-called piracy could be curtailed if the creators of the work would go to the extra effort of disabling key features of the software that would NOT be enabled until the user supplied the fee and the creator supplied a cryptographic key to enable it. More hassle, oh yeah, but anytime someone goes screaming to the Govt. for protection, we get more freedoms taken away than we all bargained for.
Could the User then take their completely functional software and copy/pirate it? Probably, but if the key also had information tying their copy of the software to important personal information, such as THEIR bank acct number(s), they would probably find themselves on the losing end of the piracy! There are solutions, just no one willing to go the extra mile (kilometer) to implement them!

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RE[2]: comment by waid0004
by Lanadapter on Sun 14th Mar 2010 05:47 in reply to "RE: comment by waid0004"
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And what if someone accesses your pc and copies the software without you knowing? yeah, you'd be screwed.

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RE[2]: comment by waid0004
by adkilla on Sun 14th Mar 2010 14:08 in reply to "RE: comment by waid0004"
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There are software that use these kinds of 'protection'. These software are still pirated or the mechanisms circumvented.

If you tied licensing and copy protection schemes to the user's bank account, I could assure you nobody would even touch it with a ten foot pole.

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RE[2]: comment by waid0004 - broken
by jabbotts on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:13 in reply to "RE: comment by waid0004"
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The current level of DRM is completely counterproductive let along the degree you are suggesting against copyright infringement ("piracy" has become a marketing term with no real meaning).

Ubisoft has imposed even stricter DRM than you suggest; a game must be connected to the internet at all times. If it looses it's direct connection to the companies authentication servers, you can't save and I believe the games actually pause and present a black screen until the connection is available again.

It took 24 hours for the game to be released without the DRM crippling.

Authentication servers have been taken down at least twice showing the clear idiocy of this DRM scheme. (DDoS'd an hour after they where DDoS'd)

Both these above points clarify one thing; it's only the honest customers who are limited and harmed by DRM. The people who are never going to pay for it in the first place or can't because of the insane pricing are not effected by limitations.

(With Ubisoft specifically, they seem to believe that an installed and verified game is suddenly going to become unlicensed; maybe through magic?)

Consider also that removing DRM from digital music and pricing the content more reasonably has done more to increase sales and reduce copyright infringement than any of the DRM schemes.

Adding more DRM only increases the problem. This is not something that can be solved by bringing a bigger stick to the fight.

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