Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Apr 2010 18:48 UTC
Legal Another article on intellectual property enforcement? Yes, since I consider this to be the most important struggle technology has to face over the coming decade. We already know that content providers don't care one bit about hard-fought concepts like freedom and privacy, but the joint proposals by the RIAA and MPAA to the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator really blew my brains out: monitoring software installed on people's computers, border inspections - it's all there, and then some.
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Hold on...
by darknexus on Thu 15th Apr 2010 20:41 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

Wait a minute, they want access to my devices at the boarder? Does that mean I have to carry my collection of audio books and cds around with my computer just so I can prove I didn't pirate them? There's no way to tell, from a bunch of ripped music files, whether I ripped them or someone else did, and knowing their guilty until proven innocent model this would be nothing short of a catastrophe. As dumb as our politicians are, I can't see them going for *that*. They might very well do the rest of it though. If they do, I'm out of here, that'd be the final straw. Anybody know which countries have reasonable immigration laws?

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RE: Hold on...
by evilwraith on Thu 15th Apr 2010 21:32 in reply to "Hold on..."
evilwraith Member since:
2010-04-15

According to the RIAA/MPAA dogma, you're breaking the law by ripping those audiobooks and CDs. Cause Fair Use doesn't exist in their world.

In the real world, however....well it's still legally cloudy in the US even though every software maker in the known universe supports format shifting these days. The world would be a better place if the *AA outfits would just vanish or better yet actually represent the best interests of the artists. Since neither will happen anytime soon I guess we'll just have to fight them in every way possible.

Viva la resistance.

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RE[2]: Hold on...
by darknexus on Thu 15th Apr 2010 23:42 in reply to "RE: Hold on..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

No I'm not. I'm not cracking or otherwise removing any encryption. There's no encryption on audio cds. Now, my collection of my own legally-purchased and ripped DVDs, you have a point there. But you know what? I don't care. They're mine, I want them on my device, and I'm not going to buy them twice. I don't care if a bunch of crybabies don't like it.

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RE: Hold on...
by japh on Fri 16th Apr 2010 08:37 in reply to "Hold on..."
japh Member since:
2005-11-11

Does that mean I have to carry my collection of audio books and cds around with my computer just so I can prove I didn't pirate them? There's no way to tell, from a bunch of ripped music files, whether I ripped them or someone else did...


Here's Sony BMGs take on it:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2007/10/sony-bmgs-chief-ant...

Yep, doesn't really matter if you own it or not, putting it on your MP3 player should be considered theft if they get their wish.

quote from article:
"Making "a copy" of a purchased song is just "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'

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