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Since: 11.7.02
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I'm not going to get into specifics, but it looks like the End of the unhibitied internet may be around the corner. Read the whole thing...

How depressing....



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I have always figured that something like this was a matter of time, and I'm sure many of you have also. We've had a good run, but how long was everyone going to be allowed to use the internet without some sort of control or governance?

Do you think that something like this will lead to a decrease in internet use? I don't see our life without the internet, but if regulation does happen, do you think people will begin to use it more as a tool rather than for entertainment purposes?





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    Originally posted by Grimis
    I'm not going to get into specifics, but it looks like the End of the unhibitied internet may be around the corner. Read the whole thing...

    How depressing....
"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"



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Since: 10.1.03
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Well to Hillary Rosen's RIAA and MPAA (I know you guys are lobbying this) I say, don't flatter yourselves. I wouldn't pirate the shit even if I had broadband. I haven't bought a new CD since 99, and haven't been to the movie since 2000, and that isn't going change with built in copyright restrictions. Try putting out a halfway intelligent or even worthwhile product, and maybe you might attract some new customers.

What I'm concerned about, and the guy touched on this, is how will it effect Linux, Open Source and even freeware programs? Will they not be up to DRM standards? I've just started taking a class on Linux Op systems, only now I'm discovering it's possibly all in vain. Damn, what a clown am I.







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    Originally posted by Nag
    Well to Hillary Rosen's RIAA and MPAA (I know you guys are lobbying this) I say, don't flatter yourselves. I wouldn't pirate the shit even if I had broadband. I haven't bought a new CD since 99, and haven't been to the movie since 2000, and that isn't going change with built in copyright restrictions. Try putting out a halfway intelligent or even worthwhile product, and maybe you might attract some new customers.

    What I'm concerned about, and the guy touched on this, is how will it effect Linux, Open Source and even freeware programs? Will they not be up to DRM standards? I've just started taking a class on Linux Op systems, only now I'm discovering it's possibly all in vain. Damn, what a clown am I.






Agreed....on every CD I have bought in the past few years, there is usually only like 1 or 2 good songs on it and the rest are just filler/crap....and the movies have sucked ass the past few years, I would say for every 10 movies made, one of them is worth seeing

I can't believe our society is allowing this "big brother" stuff to happen right before our eyes b/c of a bunch of stupid rich 30-something, Starbucks drinking, Abercrombie wearing assholes...dont these people realize that they are taking away their own individual freedoms, for what, a couple of extra bucks?!?!!? Fucking idiots!!! This is why Gen X is arguably the stupidest generation ever!!!!
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Since: 3.1.02
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Imminent Death of the Net Predicted - Film At Eleven.

Every copy of Office 2003 _can_ produce DRM-restricted documents. Not _will_. The DRM functionality is not on by default; offices will need to set up a separate server running Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft DRM software to enable the feature.

It's not a terrible idea for intra-company confidential documents, but the notion of using it for everything is comical at best. It's a step in the direction of getting companies to upgrade to newer Microsoft products en masse, but it's by no means an immediate compulsion.

DRM on a larger scale is routinely ignored when freer equivalents exist. (This is true even when Microsoft is the one pushing DRM -- can you name a single person who uses .wmas in preference to .mp3s, for instance?)

All it takes is the eager cooperation of computer hardware manufacturers,

...who have been less than eager to incorporate DRM into their hardware in the past. Look at the firestorm over CPRM'ed hard drives or Fritz Hollings's execrable bills, for instance. Not all hardware makers are ecstatic over the notion of someone else (particularly the government) restricting what they can and cannot produce!

(As for the Linux/open source community, it's not as if they have been ignoring DRM issues, either.)

The moral of the story:
1) The fight will go on and on and on;
2) Changes will be gradual and incremental, if at all;
3) Bleak predictions will be presented regularly, with at least some basis for fact;
4) Donate to the EFF if you give a rat's ass about this type of intrusion.



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