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Wed - Oct 03, 2007 : 02:00 pm
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Sony's Digital Rights?
I think I'm beginning to understand why I hate Sony so bad.  Their stance on digital rights' management is absolutely astounding.

According to this article, Sony's cheif anti-piracy lawyer stated that "...making a copy of a purchased song is just a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'"

So, in a nutshell, Jennifer Pariser is telling me that I can't back up my own CDs or DVDs, for doing so is "stealing".

Is that not preposterous?  Holy cow...  I thought Sony was a DRM zealot and all, but little did I realize just how far their backwards thinking goes: straight to the core.

Using the ever-so-often-used analogy of software to cars, I guess that if I bought a car in Jennifer Pariser's world, that car would only drive on the road it was originally built on.  Nothing else.  Why?  Because if we finagled the car to allow itself to be driven on any other roads, we'd be "stealing the car".

Isn't that absurd?

According to my belief, and biased as it may be, I believe it's a logical and well-founded one.  That belief is when I buy a CD, I am purchasing THE MUSIC, NOT ONLY THE CD.

If I want to listen to that music which I legally purchased on 5 different devices, I'll darn-well listen to it then.  And I'll make 5 copies of that music in order to do it!  Why? BECAUSE I BOUGHT THE DARN THING! and I'm not giving it to anyone else!

I bought it so I will make as many copies as I want as long as I am the one using it! 

For crying out loud.... Man, I hate this whole line of thought.  It's wrong on so many levels, I can't even begin to explain it.

Ah well....  Sony will be Sony and they'll keep trying to keep me from backing up my legally purchased DVDs and CDs, and I'll just keep figuring out ways around it.

I'm not a friggin' thief.  Now they're not only treating me like one, they're also claiming I am one by backing up stuff I legally purchased.

In-sane.

I hope Sony either changes its core belief, or dies an incredibly quick death so the rest of our digital world can get on with life.

Sadly, I doubt either will happen.
Comment by PoeticIntensity on Oct. 03, 2007 @ 02:30 pm
I almost forgot.  This website is pretty freakin' incredible.  Give it a look.  They're trying to keep a fresh, sane perspective on DRM.

Thank heavens for people like them.