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[News] Why Hollywood is a Threat to GNU/Linux and Software Freedom

  • Subject: [News] Why Hollywood is a Threat to GNU/Linux and Software Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 07:39:42 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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FCC hands Hollywood the keys to your PC, home theater and future

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| The FCC has given Hollywood permission to 
| activate the "Selective Output Control" 
| technologies in your set-top box. These are 
| hidden flags that allow the MPAA to 
| deactivate parts of your home theater 
| depending on what you're watching. And it 
| sucks. As Dan Gillmor notes, "Fans of old 
| TV science fiction will remember the Outer 
| Limits. Given Hollywood's victory today at 
| the FCC -- they'll be able to reach over 
| the lines and disable functions on your TV 
| -- the intro to the show takes on modern 
| relevance."
| The FCC says that they're doing this 
| because they believe that if they do so, 
| the MPAA will start releasing first-run 
| movies (the ones that are still in 
| theaters) for TV. They say that Hollywood 
| won't make these movies available unless 
| they get Selectable Output Control because 
| SOC will stop piracy.
| This is ridiculous. 


(Holywood attacks your freedom) 

,----[ Quote ]
| Dan Gillmor: FCC hands Hollywood the keys 
| to your PC, home theater and future.
| The Free World will increasingly need to 
| reject computers designed to be controlled 
| by Hollywood, and use computers which were 
| not designed to restrict their users. But 
| these are unusual computers, and that is a 
| problem for people who want to install a 
| free operating system on a machine that was 
| not chosen with freedom in mind. They find 
| that the devices in the machine won't run 
| without proprietary software. Often this is 
| because Hollywood has demanded it.
| This problem contributes to the popularity 
| of nonfree GNU/Linux distros that include 
| the nonfree drivers and firmware for those 
| machines, distros that weaken our community 
| by corrupting many of its members.
| The Hollywood movie companies base their 
| arguments on a false premise: that they 
| deserve to be able to profit. Since they 
| have attacked our freedom, what they 
| deserve is to lose everything and cease to 
| exist.
| Think of this, next time someone suggests 
| you pay to watch a Hollywood movie. It's 
| feeding your enemies. If your children are 
| going to watch, it is bad for them too. 



Comcast Disables VCR Scheduling In New Guide

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| "Comcast has quietly launched a new on-screen
| guide for its cable boxes. What they're not
| advertising is that they've removed the
| ability to schedule VCR-compatible channel
| flipping any time more than a few hours in
| advance for people who don't buy the
| $20/month DVR service. What this means is
| that VCR owners are now forced to pay for
| Comcast's $20/month DVR service or else start
| their recordings manually. For us techies
| there might be a way around this, but
| ordinary VCR enthusiasts and owners of other
| recorders are left in the dust. Anyone know a
| good antitrust lawyer?"


Comcast Tech Support vs Linux user

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| It appears that Comcast has no idea how to
| handle someone with an IQ over 30. This
| individual just wants setup fancast to watch
| hbo programming on his computer. Clearly
| Comcastic doesnât know how to handle such a
| complicated question and the madness begins.
| The below is a cut and paste of the IM
| discussion with Comcast this individual has.

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