At 9/14/04 09:34 AM, TomFulp wrote:
The film and music industries are trying to pull a fast by pushing new legislation that will undermine this decision. If they succeed, it could be a huge headache for new technologies, which will be tied up by injunctions, depositions, and discovery motions.
That's the future of technology for ya. The corporations will hold all the rights to our future, eventually. Star Trek is a joke. You see them using things like the "replicator", yet in real life they'd be getting sued for replicating copyrighted products, which of course would be called "stealing intellectual property".
You want to see a future of free and abundant energy? Chances are that won't happen since, well the oil and gas companies buy up all the patents, then suppress the technology from ever going to market. Ever notice how you'll hear on the Discovery channel about some new fuel source, yet weeks later you never hear about it again? After 50 years of using outdated technology, the best we've come up with is the hybrid vehicles? Oh of course, you can't stop using gas because that would put the precious oil and gas companies out of business, people would lose jobs.
Sorry to get away from the subject of copyright theft, but I think it's relevant in that corporations are buying our futures. The RIAA and MPAA pulling a fast one, is just the tip of the iceberg. It's hard to believe we've come to a time that we can have free flowing music, yet the music companies are spending billions on technology to supress this. Kind of like selling water in a desert, then people discover free flowing water. To keep yourself in business you build a dam and claim all property rights to the water, therefore forcing people to still buy your water regardless of the fact they've found a way to get it for free.
They argue that music isn't free to make or produce. Well, if that's true then why do people play music for free? Maybe because they simply enjoy playing music? Instead, use that exposure from your music, to make money in other ways. Just as flash artists from this site have found other ways to make money, rather than force people to buy their flash. They found other ways to make money and if you ask me, they spend a lot more time and effort on their flash movies, than P. Diddy or Britney Spears does on a whole album.