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  Re: DRM at its worst? Here's a prime example 
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Bill Phillips Dec 14, 2004, 08:41pm EST Report Abuse
What I want to know is what can I do to discourage these theives, the ones that take your money on the pretence of selling you content and then prevent you from enjoying it? It's hard because they control the content that we want to see and hear. If we choose to not buy the media, then we either don't get to enjoy the content or we pay those same people rediculous prices for concerts or movies. They get you coming and going. What can we do? I'm sure that if the public really understood how utterly simple MPEG and WAV are; they'd understand that most of the problems they have with their CD and DVD players are caused by the content protection not by technological flaws. What can we do?

I'm not up to speed on DRM or any of the other content protection schemes that are being used; but basically I'm against all of them. I fully support artist being paid for their work based on the popularity of that work; and I agree that the producers and distributors should be able to receive a reasonable margin. That said, I believe that once you buy something you have a right to use it and that includes making copies and using the material as you please as long as you're not producing derivative work and not paying the original artist.

To me what the studios and record labels are doing is a crime. It's legal but still a crime. And, I believe that the FCC has the power to stop these practices. However, there are a lot of really rich people who control much of the media that don't want to see these practices stopped.

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Donnie Darko Dec 22, 2004, 06:40pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: DRM at its worst? Here's a prime example
The FCC only has jurisdiction over broadcasts. DVD's would fall under the purview of the FTC.

Bill Phillips Dec 22, 2004, 08:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: DRM at its worst? Here's a prime example
Thanks. So it's the FTC. Good to know. Still, there are a lot of really rich people promoting these practices and consumers need some way to prevail so that their rights as the legal owners of the content they purchase are respected. Just today one of my coworkers told me that she had bought a DVD at Target, taken it home, and pushed it into her DVD player to learn that her player could not play content from the region code on the DVD. Target refused to refund the DVD because the package was open. Thereby the big studios are protected and Target deflects the cost to the consumer for blatantly draconian laws.



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