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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Go Ever More Insane and Aggressive

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Go Ever More Insane and Aggressive
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:44:12 +0000
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JASRAC wants to charge YOU for tweeting song lyrics! 

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| In a completely boneheaded move, the 
| Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, 
| Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) 
| announced that they want to set up a 
| system to charge people who tweet any part 
| of song lyric.
| As reported (in the Japanese language) on 
| J-cast news, they haven't decided on the 
| details yet, but JASRAC insists it's the 
| law and everyone has to obey with their 
| decree. 


Movie rental kiosks hit with legal threats

,----[ Quote ]
| A Southern Indiana prosecutor has 
| threatened criminal charges unless stores 
| with DVD rental kiosks remove R-rated 
| movies and other material considered 
| harmful to children.


Dear Macmillan, You Don't Embrace The New By Trying To Protect The Old

,----[ Quote ]
| One of the reasons why economic forces 
| work the way that they do, and the reason 
| why infinite goods with zero marginal cost 
| get pushed in price towards zero, is that 
| buyers implicitly understand the 
| difference between scarce goods and 
| abundant goods. They implicitly recognize 
| the marginal cost of making another good, 
| and they mentally price products 
| accordingly. Pretending that consumers 
| don't do that is assuming that consumers 
| are stupid. And that's an even bigger 
| mistake than looking backwards instead of 
| forward.


RealNetworks Agrees To Pay $4.5 Million In Legal Fees To Hollywood Over RealDVD; Gives Up

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| So what did Hollywood accomplish here? It 
| shut down a software product that allows 
| people to backup the DVDs they legally own 
| -- not to distribute them. In the 
| meantime, of course, there are a bunch of 
| DVD ripping programs out there that have 
| no such restrictions. In other words, 
| Hollywood's brilliant legal strategists 
| just pushed anyone who wants to back up 
| their movies to use solutions that make it 
| easier for them to share those movies with 
| others.



Not wrong, just illegal

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| From a practical point of view, trying to
| regulate the distribution of these materials
| over the Internet is an unachievable goal. No
| matter what laws are put in place,
| technological advances by ingenious young
| computer geeks mean that youth will always be
| one step ahead of the authorities. The
| industry may successfully prosecute and punish
| a few people but their success will be short
| lived. Almost no one will be deterred by legal
| prosecutions because the chances of being
| caught are minimal.

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