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A summary of the whole sorry mess of a story here.

His Imperial Majesty has never had much respect for Digg.com and the “service” it provides, since it’s pretty much nothing but a Moonbat breeding ground where any and all conservative material is promptly spammed to oblivion in order to keep anybody from reading it, so he really doesn’t care all that much what happens to it or its owner, Kevin Rose, except as a matter of general principle. If Digg.com goes away, His Majesty will have lost nothing at all, so he doesn’t have a dog in that particular hunt.

But Kevin was absolutely in the right when he and his staff deleted posts containing a code that can be used to “crack” HD-DVDs so they can be copied freely (at least until they come up with a new code).

Now, let’s get one thing out of the way before we go any further: Not only do I understand the frustration and anger with the multifarious and invasive methods employed to “protect intellectual property”, be it music, movies or software, I actually agree with those who are pissed off. Why? Because I believe that anybody has the right to steal other people’s property or because I believe that companies don’t have the right to protect their property? No, of course not, even though that’s the usual and utterly predictable line coming from the companies every time somebody tries to have a debate on the subject. “You’re just against it because you’re a thief and a pirate and and and…” Bullshit. Oh, I’m sure that some people are against the various ways that companies employ to keep the owners of their products from doing as they please with their own fucking property because they want to make copies for all of their friends and any stranger passing by, but that’s not where I stand.

What pisses me off is that I, for some obscure reason, am prevented from making a backup copy of my own property. Those plastic discs don’t “last forever”, you know; sometimes they get scratched/lost/melted in the microwave by kids not knowing any better/fed to the dog/used as frisbees/you name it. And I don’t see anything unreasonable in me keeping a copy for my personal use. I already paid for the product, remember?

And don’t give me any bull about copying for personal use can’t be allowed because it also allows me to make copies for everybody I know as well as half of my Zip Code. Having a typewriter allows me to copy any book ever written. Should typewriters be banned too? Or, an argument that should ring particularly true for gun owners: Sure, guns can be used for legitimate purposes, but they can also be used to commit crimes. Should they be banned because some people abuse them? Some idiots think so. Besides, making a copy of a DVD and giving/selling it to somebody other than myself is already illegal (for very good reasons, since it amounts to theft), so don’t screech at me about how removing copy protection will “legalize piracy”, because it won’t. Anymore than concealed carry laws have “legalized murder.”

But, and let’s get back to the subject at hand, at this moment publishing encryption codes is illegal since they’re the property of the company that made them, whether you and I like it or not, and flouting the law, no matter where your sympathies lie, is still flouting the law.

So Kevin Rose was perfectly within his rights to delete the posts, not to mention that he was acting in the best interests of the company he owns. He was merely complying with the law, regardless of how much the Diggbats were screeching and howling about “censorship” because he wouldn’t let them use his property to help them break the law. You see, he would be stuck with the liability issue, should the owners of the encryption code decide to sue.

If the Rage Against My Allowance, Cheetos-munching, mommy’s basement anarchists want to protest encryption codes, then by all means go ahead. I’m not without sympathy, as a matter of fact I have a great deal of sympathy since it pisses me off too, but post it on your own bloody blogs, don’t use somebody else’s property for it.

Or would you be OK with somebody hiding his kiddy pr0n/heroin stash in your sock drawer? I thought not.

Of course, the Diggbats, having no concept of rationality and much less of a grasp on the reality in which they’d rather not live (and, to be frank, we wouldn’t cry very many tears if they were to leave it altogether), immediately countered by flooding Digg.com with posts flaunting the code, with the clear intent of posting it so many times that Kevin and Co. couldn’t possibly keep up with the arduous task of deleting them.

And that’s when Kevin Rose, to his eternal shame, chose to surrender to the mob by posting the code on his personal blog:

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

Great move, Kevin. Now you’ve really gone and done it. In the past, at least you had the defense that you weren’t the one posting the offending material and that, in spite of your best efforts to do so, you simply weren’t able to keep up with the posters putting it up on your site. And a perfectly good defense it would have been too, if you ask me.

But now, by deliberately and personally posting it on a site that you have full and sole control over, you’ve pretty much volunteered yourself as a defendant in an upcoming suit.

“If you lose, you’ll have died trying?”

Trying what, exactly? Choose any hill you want to die on, that’s none of my business, but it seems to me that you’ve picked a particularly meaningless heap of dirt for your last stand. Oh, if you’re sued, I most certainly hope you win, it would help put an end to the nonsense of corporations maintaining control of their property even after it’s no longer legally theirs — they sold it, after all — but is that how you’re going to defend your decision to the other owners of Digg.com if you lose? That you decided to risk and throw away their investment in return for a ride on a hobby horse of yours? I don’t think that they’ll be very much understanding. I know that I wouldn’t be.

Not to mention that you’ve also proven that the mob really does dictate your actions to you, that you have the spine of a jellyfish and that the future of Digg.com depends entirely upon what a bunch of anonymous children with no stake in your company tells you to do.

Not the sort of person I’d want as the CEO of anything I had a vested financial interest in, that’s for sure.

27 Responses to “Diggbats, Intellectual Property Rights and “Censorship.””
  1. Unregistered Comment by physicsgeek

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    What pisses me off is that I, for some obscure reason, am prevented from making a backup copy of my own property.

    Actually Misha, I can help you there, at least with regards to backing up DVDs. My children are pretty good with DVDs, but they are, after all, children. Anyway, it’s a pretty simply matter to make backup copies of DVDs, assuming that you have the correct software, which I’d be glad to point you towards. Just let me know if you’re interested.

  2. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    Mea Culpa. I own about 50 DVDs that I’ve purchased, and about another 100 that I’ve pirated from Torrents. Soon as they stop paying Tom Cruise $30 million a film, I’ll start feeling sorry for the film industry. I am a criminal. I use technology to get away with it. I use a radar detector to get away with moderate speeding, and I use the internet to download movies and music for free. I buy only the best movies/music, the rest I “try before I buy”. Imagine the horror if I actually PAID to see “300″. Some call it theft, I call it insurance. Thank you, bittorrent!

  3. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    Technically, they sold, and you bought a “license” to that material, be it software, music, movie, or any other type of media. The propery itself still belongs to the company, and they are simply licensing you to use it as long as you follow their pre-described directions for use.

    You agreed at the time of obtaining that license, that you wouldn’t copy, sell, or distribute that property without the permission of the actual owner.

    Record companies lost a lot of revenue when cassettes and eight tracks came out a generation ago. When compact discs and DVDs came out, they weren’t going to stand for a repeat of what happened with cassettes.

    Software companies weren’t going to let their work be given away for free by others either.

    There has to be a balance between people like you who only want to make copies to replace damaged ones, and others who spend hours every day downloading and copying stuff that they never paid for so they can sell it to someone else. (I know someone who does that right now, and it isn’t right)

  4. Iacobus Comment by Iacobus

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    As a musician who creates a product that’s not tangible (if you don’t include the media it’s on), I can totally understand Misha’s point.

    In their quest to prevent/stop those with a pegleg, an eyepatch and a parrot on their shoulder from freely ripping their content, they also punish those that want to make backups for their own genuine use. This is what the Home Recording Act was supposed to cover.

    You really can’t stop the stealing. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Of course, that also doesn’t mean that one approves of the practice of disseminating content that nobody really should have. If people would just follow their moral compass (something people woefully lack nowadays…especially liberals), we wouldn’t have this fucking problem in the first place.

  5. NevadaDailySteve Comment by NevadaDailySteve

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    I agree completely with Misha. If you try to ban every item that could be used by someone for a purpose other than what it was intended for you would end up banning just about everything, including prescription drugs. Viagra didn’t start out as a pick-me-up for every horn-dog who had a flagging libido. Someone using it for its intended purpose of reducing chest pain noticed it had a secondary effect and it started to be prescribed ‘off-label’

    There’s a service that edits movie DVDs and cuts scenes that are too graphic, either because of violence or sex, and packages the edited disc along with a purchased disc, so that the film company gets full payment, and they are still complaining. They don’t like the fact people are willing to pay someone to make the movie more viewable, even if they get their share of the money.

    There has to be a balance between people like you who only want to make copies to replace damaged ones, and others who spend hours every day downloading and copying stuff that they never paid for so they can sell it to someone else.

    Agreed. Where to strike that balance is the hard part.

  6. Unregistered Comment by Erbo

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    Truth be told, the encryption key in question was posted on Wired magazine’s Web site back in February, so that particular barn door has been wide-open for awhile.

    But Rose is in an untenable spot. Keeping the code on the site could result in a very quick death for Digg, but alienating his userbase as a result of the takedown could erode Digg’s reputation and result in a more lingering death for the site. It’s Scylla and Charybdis all over again. (Not that, like His Imperial Rottieness, I’d mourn more than thirty seconds if Digg suddenly dropped off the face of the Net…I don’t use it and don’t particularly care to.) Rose seems to have firmly chosen a side now, so we’ll see what develops.

    Incidentally, I posted the sixteen bytes in question over on EMinds. If Hollywood sends me a takedown notice, of course, I will erase them, as our policy says we’ll do in such cases. BUT I’ll also tell everyone exactly why the post in question was erased. That way, they’ll know who to hate.

  7. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Re: the “licensing” versus “selling” issue.

    You are, of course, completely right, since that’s exactly why they invented the concept of “licensing” products in the first place. They wanted to get paid while still maintaining control of what they sold

    But my point still stands. I understand perfectly their desire to avoid piracy, I support it too, but they’re going about it in a morally unsupportable fashion. AND it’s not a case of “if you don’t like it, just get it somewhere else”, because there is nowhere else.

    They already have a condition prohibiting sharing of their content in their licenses, and I have no problem with that at all. But as to “sharing” it with myself, I have and I will continue to do so no matter what it takes.

  8. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    There’s always the other option - if you’ve already purchased the item and just need a backup, just get the torrent file for it. It’s not like you’re really stealing, as long as you don’t share it after you download it - and you’re only downloading property you’ve paid for.
    If you worry about getting caught, you could contact a canadian, our supreme court saw fit to deny the criminality of filesharing, thus not allowing an ISP to release the IP address/other info of anyone filesharing. Wrong or right, whatever - we need something to keep us happy in this cold climate, and if that means ’stealing’ the latest crap from Hollywood, then I can live with that.

  9. Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur Comment by Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur

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    Having a typewriter allows me to copy any book ever written. Should typewriters be banned too?

    Don’t give the declining publishing business any ideas.

    It is refreshing to see a post from DJ that I can agree with 100%.

  10. dm60462 Comment by dm60462

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    The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) in its full glory, for those of you inclined to do a little legislative reading…

    http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf

  11. Unregistered Comment by tweell

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    As of now, I have not copied any DVD’s, since I have not seen the need to do so. The DVD’s stay in the house, and the children/grandchildren know how to handle them correctly.
    Music CD’s are a different matter. They travel much more, so I copy every new music disk as they get them, the original is archived in a closet while the copy is carried around and listened to. Now that most of the offspring have the solid state variety gear, I rip the music to disk in order to download them to their various pods. It only goes on one pod at a time, just like a disc can be borrowed and listened to.
    In every case, the music is paid for. I do not know how much my integrity is worth, but I do know that it is worth more than a CD or DVD.

  12. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    If people would just follow their moral compass (something people woefully lack nowadays…especially liberals), we wouldn’t have this fucking problem in the first place.

    Ah, the obligatory slam on Liberals. Since when does either side have a lock on morals?

    People are following THEIR moral compass. Some are just off of magnetic North, that’s all.

    You are, of course, completely right, since that’s exactly why they invented the concept of “licensing” products in the first place. They wanted to get paid while still maintaining control of what they sold

    The concept has been around for a long time — a lot longer than software.

    When you rent or buy a video / DVD you are not allowed to show it in public or charge admission. You cannot play a recorded song on the radio or in public without paying each time you play it. Even singing the Happy Birthday to You song in public could cost you money in royalties. (completely stupid, I agree, but that is the reason why you don’t normally hear the song in a movie or even in a restaraunt during a birthday party.)

    You have to remember why the cost of media is so high in the first place. It is to recoup losses caused by piracy — or at least that is the official stance. It doesn’t mean that the companies wouldn’t charge what they think the threshold of what the customer would pay.

    I just paid $3.36 for a gallon of gas this morning, and so did a lot of other drivers. Now the oil companies know we will pay it, wishing we were back in the days of having to pay only $3.00 a gallon. We haven’t reached our threshold yet.

  13. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant

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    Even singing the Happy Birthday to You song in public could cost you money in royalties. (completely stupid, I agree, but that is the reason why you don’t normally hear the song in a movie or even in a restaraunt during a birthday party.)

    I’ll sing it for my brother tonight at Humperdink’s (it’s his 52nd) - and I’d just luuuuuuurve  to see Hilary Rosen come collect.

    Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve a question:

    Given the Putrid Pile o’ Packed Poop™ that’s coming outta Hollyweird nowadays - why would anyone want  to pirate DVDs?

  14. Unregistered Comment by ClimbingFreeman

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    “Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve a question:

    Given the Putrid Pile o’ Packed Poop™ that’s coming outta Hollyweird nowadays - why would anyone want to pirate DVDs?”

    The $0.25 you pay for the pirated copy of “Good Night and Good Luck” is closer to the actual value of the movie than if you had bought it legimitately for $20.

    Some things just aren’t worth what Hollywood/the RIAA are charging. Really, is “Fergilicious” worth $16?

  15. TheCount Comment by TheCount

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    Well, if one would look at it from the point of view of art and artistry; Isn’t the point of an “Artist” to project his/her viewpoint to the masses in anyway possible? Remember this cliche “Starving Artist”, which entails the fact that an Artist would rather paint, write, etc., than eat. Hollywood has changed that to “My Art is worth 50 mil and I demand to eat Lobster for breakfast”! And really, it is just not in Hollywierd, it is everywhere. Some fly-by-night jackass narcissist with a paintbrush, pencil, microphone, or camera thinks that all of their stuff is worth a million bucks or is soooooo deep. When actually, today, the music, art, and movies are complete crap. It is vile!
    I believe we are losing inspiration and imagination today which makes things completely awful. Also, with a lack of true Renaissance Education and a Renaissance style of desire, the conveyer belt is just driving out crap. No one listens to the words of Socrates in Plato’s Republic and his response to Glaucon about “What is art and what should it be?” Publik Skrools are the instruments of Marxist visions of Abstract art. Where it is shapeless and without form or direction. Yet, when it is on display it means whatever the libtards say IT is. You all know what I am talking about, a sculpture of a tomato screwing a cucumber, followed by the “artists” interpretation ” It is a reflection of oppression from the phallogencentrists in patriarcal society. It exploits these paradigms and dichotomies of a penis driven world forced upon the unwilling in a Capitalist system blah blah blah fucking blah”! So, in conclusion, I feel that file sharing and the burning of DVDs off of torrentspy etc., is perfectly fine because the SHIT they produce today isnt worth buying in the first place.

  16. Unregistered Comment by ClimbingFreeman

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    …and another thing. Hollywood edits shit. Example: “Heavy Metal” and “Return to the Blue Lagoon”. “Heavy Metal” originally had in the movie soundtrack songs & lyrics by Blue Oyster Cult, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Donald Fagen, Stevie Nicks, Black Sabbath. However, the original movie CANNOT be bought on DVD anymore because of liscencing with the music; the tunes were not originally liscensed for home movies. Finally, a deal was worked out where the music could be played in the movie, but not the lyrics. So now the Heavy Metal soundtrack is closer to elevator muzack.
    But if you don’t care about this movie, consider “Return to the Blue Lagoon”. In original theatrical release, we had a Mila Jovovich bare boobs shot. In video and DVD release, nada tata.
    Moral of the story: there are some cases -not all- where the original version can only be obtained by piracy. Think it only happens to some movies, think again; because of George Lucas’ editing shennanigans, future generations will always think Greedo shot first.

  17. maxxdog Comment by maxxdog

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    All my music goes on a hard drive or 2. We make compilations of different music for the vehicles and the stereo all the time. I’ll make them for family and some friends too. If that’s hurting someone or taking food out of their family’s mouths then show me it!
    I’ll share my paid for music with who I wish. I don’t sell it. I know for a fact that doing so has caused several people to go buy that artists music.
    This whole deal, at least in the entertainment industry, is just plain greed. They can kiss my ass!

  18. Unregistered Comment by curious

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    I own a lot of music. Pretty much all the music I own exists on cassette, CD, iPod, Rhapsody, iTunes, my computer hard drive, and various MP3 players. I would be very upset if I could not copy my music so that I can listen to it anywhere, anyhow, anytime. I can’t remember every loaning a copy of anything to anyone else to make a copy for them. I don’t think anyone ever asked me if they could do that.

    I think the media companies are shooting themselves in the foot over this one.

  19. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    “Prior Restraint” is an abhored legal concept, which generally works like:
    No seedlings may be planted, they could grow up and be used for spears.
    Or;
    No paper is allowed, it could be used in a forgery.

    That’s the concept that I haven’t notice being bantered, which has got to be a maddening complication to the rule-writting

    In the net-tech world, most anything done to secure one property will result in grief for legitimate uses of other (or even the same)products.

    And right or wrong,,what code warrior or script kiddie wouldn’t want to be the hackster that scored first on vaunted code?

    Good luck.

  20. Unregistered Comment by darkstar

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    DJ Allyn,

    part of your comment

    Technically, they sold, and you bought a “license” to that material, be it software, music, movie, or any other type of media. The propery itself still belongs to the company, and they are simply licensing you to use it as long as you follow their pre-described directions for use.

    You agreed at the time of obtaining that license, that you wouldn’t copy, sell, or distribute that property without the permission of the actual owner.

    I agree you have a license to USE the product, but if the product gets damaged the producer should provide a replacement, FREE OF CHARGE, because I can’t make a backup copy.

    Fair enough????

  21. Unregistered Comment by djmoore

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    Digg didn’t have to publicly throw in with the mob, but the mob proved their point. It would have been impossible for Digg to keep the crucial string off their site, if only because it was so easily translateable into to non-obvious forms.

    Anybody remember these Golden Oldies?
    k**2562+2083 and
    k**256211+99

    Those expressions generate prime numbers which unpack to the infamous DeCSS algorithm, the original DVD copy program. They are referred to as “illegal primes”, because DeCSS violates the DMCA.

    There are an infinite number of such primes.

    The larger of the two was generated because it so large that it was interesting in its own right, regardless of its algorithmic meaning, and therefor was considered “intrinsically archivable”.

    Corresponding primes for the much shorter Digged (and Wired) key are easier to find.

    It is absolutely insane to try to suppress these numbers.

    (Obligatory, completely serious disclaimers: people who steal creative works are scum. On the other hand, people who make backup copies are not. Don’t even get me started on borrowing works from the library, or buying used copies of things, or “you can’t watch this except on ourBrand equipment” license terms. Also, I think I’ve correctly laid out the mathematical issues here, but I can’t swear to it, and I can’t find the damn link.)

  22. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    Raise of hands here — how many people have used pirated software they didn’t pay for?

    How many people have received music or videos they didn’t pay for?

    Don’t you think the person or person(s) who created that software/music/movies deserved to receive compensation for their work? Or should they be limited to the few who paid the initial investment only to redistribute copies thereby bypassing the original author?

    I’m not talking about people who make legitimate copies for themselves, it is only when they take those copies and give them to other people.

  23. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone

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    how many people have used pirated software they didn’t pay for?

    Sure. Auto-Cad 2000. I used a pirated copy for three weeks, then bought the whole $2000 dollar package. No way in hell could I have afforded to risk that much money for something that I didn’t KNOW would be worth upgrading from release 12W.

    How many people have received music or videos they didn’t pay for?

    I still have that pirate copy of Firefly. It’s on the shelf right next to the one that I received as a Christmas present from my niece.

    I am very much of a “try it before you buy it” kind of guy. I tell people to do it with guns, and I do it myself whenever possible.

    Yes, I think people deserve compensation for their work. But, if I pay that compensation, then I should have full rights to do as I please with the copy that *I* have purchased, so long as my actions do not harm the creator of the work.

    A further factor to consider it this. If I had NOT been loaned that copy of Auto-Cad 2K, I sure as hell would not have bought it.

    And if I had not been given a copy of Firefly, I don’t know that I would have ever mentioned it as a possible gift that I would enjoy receiving. (I still get it out and watch it every couple months…)

    As someone who does not have a lot of disposable income, I have to be very careful of what I spend my entertainment money on. As the owner of a small business, (I do contract cad work on the side), it also behooves me to be as careful as possible in investing my cashflow.

    Just sayin’ ’s all.

  24. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    I bought my copy of Vista 64 bit, AVG Pro, and Limewire Pro. I purchased about 30% of my music, the rest is downloaded. I use pirated software almost exclusively if I can get it.
    I don’t think Hollywood deserves even 10% of what they get, and I only purchase music CDs where there is more than one good song on the CD.
    My conscience is clean. I’ve been ripped off my entire life by Hollywood and the music industry. They’ve had more than their allotted time at the trough. I’ve purchased those $20 tapes and $27 CDs only to have one good song on the whole album. I’ve gone to the theatres to watch movies where the lead actor gets $30 million and the movie is total shit. Not only do I have a clean conscience, I feel really, really good about pirating.
    Software companies make their money from big business, musicians make their money from touring, and the film industry, well, they can kiss my ass.

  25. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant

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    The $0.25 you pay for the pirated copy of “Good Night and Good Luck” is closer to the actual value of the movie than if you had bought it legimitately for $20.

    Some things just aren’t worth what Hollywood/the RIAA are charging. Really, is “Fergilicious” worth $16?

    That’s what I get for blogging while on the road.

    Should’ve said, “why would anyone want the damned things in the first place?”

  26. Unregistered Comment by Draven32

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    I’m a digital (3D) artist. I create all my work on a computer. you may have seen some of my artwork on TV, on the history channel- or in that game your kid is playing on his Nintendo DS- or behind the menu on the DVD you just copied.

    I have to come out on the side of the eeeevil corporations as far as DRM goes. As much as I may dislike it, making those copies isn’t just taking away from Tom Cruise’s $30 million paycheck, it is also taking away from the $1k a week I make when I can find animation work.

    So think about who else you’re taking money from when you’re ’sticking it to Hollywood’- because many of the people who have ‘day jobs’ here, as opposed to the flaked-out acting talent, are essentially talented working joes making a living and supporting their families.

  27. Unregistered Comment by snelson134

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    Of course, companies CAN address some of their problems. Forex, I used to be something of a specialist in cracking computer games. If a friend had something that looked interesting, I’d crack it and install it. This told me two things:

    1. Will it REALLY work on my computer, without breaking something else? I got really tired of paying $50 to $60 dollars for something that was NEVER going to run on my computer, and then getting told I couldn’t get a refund because I opened the box. Sure, I could pay by credit card and bounce the charge back because they sold me defective merchandise (which is exactly what they did unless the box cover told me exactly which combos of software would blow up), but that’s a hassle.

    2. I didn’t feel like paying that same cash for bad schlock.

    So I bought Universal Neverlock, and other cracks, and used them. Then software companies wised up and started releasing complete demos. Now I can just get them, and everyone’s happy.