Dude, they've been voicing their concerns about Piracy for 100 years, and they've been proven wrong EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Hard to look at a track record like that and join their side. Especially when they make the simplest of things difficult.
For example, I wanted to watch X-Men First Class this weekend. Did you know I couldn't legally purchase or rent it from ANY online service? You know who had it? Torrents.
There is a fundamental failure in the MPAA to understand that you can't live in the past, things change, and you Adapt or Die. People aren't gonna turn off their internet connection just cause Warner or Paramount might not make quite as many millions this year.
These studios are perfectly capable of providing awesome services we'd gladly pay for, but first they have to actually offer them. We've shown them how many many times, but they keep sticking their heads in the sand. You can only try and help someone so many times before you have to acknowledge that they must be willfully choosing to destroy themselves.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, known as the Copyright Clause, empowers the United States Congress:
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
If you're not promoting science and useful arts, and securing copyrights for LIMITED times, then copyright is in violation of this clause. Its actually pretty clear.
If 90% of the people are breaking specific laws on a daily basis, and feel no remorse about doing so, are the laws actually serving a purpose? Or are they simply there to enable specific people to maintain an artificial power base.
Government and law are setup at the behest of the governed, and if they do not believe what they are doing is a crime, no amount of "punishment" and "enforcement" will stop people from doing it.
To share is human, and to share our culture is something we have done for thousands of years, but the MPAA/RIAA want to a price on our culture, demanding payment at every look or sound.
I've been wondering the same thing. I finally got the app to work last night after hearing it was how HBO GO content could be accessed by Comcast subscribers. Of course they were wrong, so this app offers nothing, and we still can't use HBO GO.
I see you live in Seattle too? I've been getting tired of hearing Microsoft and Xbox touting how great this service and HBO GO are when the Xfinity app doesn't offer anything not already on your cable box, and the HBO GO app doesn't even work. I can't believe they released the HBO GO app and it doesn't work with the nations largest ISP. THAT is some scamming crap right there, since y'know they advertise it and we pay for it.
The other issue with making everything a "WAR", is that the gov itself causes the escalation of their "enemy" from non-violent to violent. When the previously non-violent are assaulted by SWAT teams in their homes, you can bet more people will become armed.
Case in point is all of the "violence" in the Occupy protests has been instigated by the Police, not the people. When they step up the violence, the normal response to that violence is more violence.
To be fair, nearly ANY software produces lock-in of some sort. If Apple had done this, they'd be locked in to using Apple products, if Red Hat had done it, they'd be locked in to linux. No one truly plays well with others. I've actually had the most luck moving MS Office doc's between systems than any other type.
@RexNexus I understand Fox needs to make money, but I've been using a free trial of Hulu+ for a bit now, and the issue with that service is the complete inconsistency of its offering. If I sit down to watch Hulu Plus on my Xbox, I should be able to watch it, not get hit with all kinds of restrictions on which shows I can watch on xbox, which I have to watch on the web, which ones have a month delay, which are a week, which are a day.
But pretending that Hulu Plus is equal to the convenience of piracy is a dream land. Believe me, I WANT Hulu Plus to succeed, anything to get away from paying 100 bucks a month for cable tv, I cut that cord a long time ago. But locking up your content then pretending we should pay for ad supported shows doesn't make sense when you don't make it easier to use than piracy.