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1Feb/05Off

Jesus, It Really Is Only Fucking Monday


Actually it's Tuesday now but I'm semantically unsupported and lovin' it. Very little worthy of note happened today. I guess Gawker launched a new site, Lifehacker, that I'll probably visit once in awhile since it isn't People Magazine for lifestylists. The celebrity fixation thing is unfascinating.

Silicon.com has a look at the MPAA's narc-ware that points out that the tool calls mIRC peer to peer software. Great work, folks. Pardon me while I never attend a movie again or a CD that isn't on a label with less than four employees. The war on piracy is rapidly becoming a war on the public patience. There was only so much good will in the relationship anyhow. You pay for alleged piracy every time you buy blank media. You've already paid for whatever it is that you're doing -- the potential for loss by agencies that represent products is too great so you must pay for the potential for harm. Hoist the Jolly Roger high and fire up them clients, mateys. We might not win the war but we can sure shiver some goddamn timbers for payback.

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  1. How does paying 50 cents for a DVD-R justify burning 5 copies of “Lost in Translation” that you rented from Netflix and handing them out to all of your friends like candy?

    I totally disagree with the MPAA’s methods, but to be quite honest, piracy is probably hitting them harder than it does the RIAA. I have a friend who spends every waking moment burning multiple copies of all of the DVD’s they rent. He doesn’t even watch them – just burns them and mails off copies to a friend. That’s just fucking wrong, regardless of how I feel about an evil corporate empire.

    Besides… who in the fuck is actually downloading the narcware?

  2. Well, yeah, that’s sort of the point — every person like me who buys a fuckton of CDs and uses them to burn Debian CDs has already subsidized a gazillion people like your friend. I’m not saying that it’s right necessarily but I object to the idea that groups like RIAA and the MPAA are lobbying to make profit on the assumption that blank media automagically means they’re losing a customer. I don’t like the idea of financing insurance for them and getting absolutely nothing in return.


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