Re: Obsolesence of Intellectual Property

From: Micah Redding (
Date: Fri Aug 04 2000 - 06:48:39 MDT

Sinfo and Dinfo?

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.

 What's to keep a "free information" group from doing just that,
for the "benefit of the public"? They could purchase one copy of
everything, then distribute thousands for free, regardless of
your "protection".

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