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As a video game producer, I have to say, I've never used DRM, or been opposed to bit torrent, etc. Even used bit torrent to distributed online clients to great effect. Reduced cost (allowing us to sell product for less) and was ultimately faster for the consumer. The reality is, most consumers are treated like they're criminals by the entertainment industry. If you buy a blue ray or DVD, then you must get out a knife and multi-tool to cut through the multi-layers of anti theft, find that stupid RF strip (sometimes stuck on the little booklet, or even on the disc itself), etc. Then you put the disc in, and HOPE that your player is updated with the latest encryption, etc., or the disc might not work at all (even though you paid for it). Assuming it does work, then the next thing that happens is a big giant WARNING telling you how much jail time you'll get for pirating the damn thing. That mentality is heavily jumping over to software, forcing you to keep the master disk in your disc drive (as if you played no other games, or did nothing else with that drive), or refusing to allow you to return games... when did this scam start? If the game sucks, you should be able to return it! And I make the darn things and am saying that. Bit torrents CAN be used for stealing stuff. Or for sharing stuff (not always stealing). Truth is, the government needs to stop pandering to Hollywood's failed business models and update copyright laws. Honestly... I can buy a book, and invite all my friends over for pizza and read the book to them. I can then GIVE that book to someone else, or sell it, even. I can even COPY the book, write passages from it (providing I attribute them), etc. I just can't sell copies. That makes sense. That's logical. I cannot profit from another's work unless I have a contract with that person, and they get their cut. Fair. But, the book once bought, does in fact belong to me. Also fair. But somehow Hollywood has confused this issue. Recording music off the radio is sometimes illegal, sometimes not, and yet, TECHNICALLY, never illegal. And if it's not illegal to record off air, why is it illegal to download? I don't like to see artists not get paid, but here's another question... I've bought the Aerosmith Toys in the Attic (my puberty album) uh... let's see... vinyl, tape, CD, iTunes... that's FOUR damn times. Honestly guys... it's the same frickin songs. Can't at some point I just get credit for buying your music, and get a free copy on the new technology? If you do some kind of remastering, or it's a new performance, then by god, I'll buy it. But if it's the same thing I already have... why am I a criminal if I put the album on the turntable, hook the output to my computer, and digitize it to put it on my iPod? I bought it. It's mine. I'm just moving it to my chosen listening device. Like taking a book with me into the car (as a passenger, kids, as a passenger). Sadly, Congress only works for lobbyists. They're not interested in making law clear and updated. Just in doing the bidding of those who donate. So, we'll only be getting new versions of Net Neutrality every year, until they manage to destroy the internet, and further destroy the economy. And people STILL won't be buying those crappy $20 CDs that only have one good song on them...
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May 14, 2012