Re: Obsolesence of Intellectual Property

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sat Aug 05 2000 - 05:40:10 MDT

>From: Micah Redding <>

>Ok, I gotta ask: if I "buy" a piece of music online, dowload it
>and play it on my computer; and, if it is "protected" so that i
>can not make extensive copies of it...
> What's to keep me from playing it (I'm still allowed to listen
>to it, right?), recording it on a cassette recorder, re-
>converting that to a digital format, and distributing thousands
>of copies free? True, that's a little involved, but the principle
>seems sound. Unless you seriously cripple my computer, I should
>be able to strip any "protection" from your smart information,
>and any other kind of information floating out there.

You’re right. It’s pretty much a given (even by the RIAA folks) that there
is no way to stop piracy completely. Their goal is merely to make piracy so
difficult/inconvenient as to discourage the majority of lazy slobs who would
rather schlep down to Wherehouse Records® than figure out how to install and
run Napster.


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