Why do I need to create a separate EA Origin account to play a game on my PS3? I already have a PSN account - and that should be enough. My son's online EA account thinks he is under 13 - he isn't - so won't let him play EA games online. There is no way to override this and I don't ever recall entering his birth date in - leaving me to create another PSN and EA Origin account.
Re: Re: Yet again, Mike is FOR commercial scale infringing.
All people want is simple access to content at reasonable prices. They don't want DRM. They don't want regions. They don't want windows. Apple has shown it can make hundreds of millions of dollars from selling 99 cent apps and songs.
Instead of giving consumers what they want, the media gatekeepers lobby for more complex laws and regulations and demand that the government enforce those laws and regulations. Throw in old contracts that determine royalties and you end with crap like the DVD release of WKRP in Cincinnati - where songs were removed or replaced, lines dubbed over and scenes deleted.
Hey media gatekeepers, I was really looking forward to buying WKRP on DVD, but when I heard that contracts, royalties and copyright 'forced' you to alter the show, I didn't buy it. The entertainment business has no one but themselves to blame for this mess.
Glynn, you can't hardly be surprised by the tactics of law enforcement. The overall crime rate has been falling in most western democracies. Police are bored and they have to justify their ever growing budgets. Enforcing out-of-date business models is their new bread and butter.
Re: Re: Re: Point 4: A "consumption" tax isn't practical.
VAT is a great idea but there should be no exceptions. You can have a VAT rebate on income tax forms for low-income households. But the minute you introduce exceptions, special interest groups will lobby hard to include their own exceptions. So you go from a one-page VAT tax code to a thousand plus page VAT tax code.
And they still don't thank you for paying to see the movie or purchasing the DVD/Blu-Ray. It always makes me feel good when I put in my legally-purchased disc and the first thing that comes up is the anti-piracy warning from the FBI. Hey fuck nuts I paid for the movie.
Oh, and thanks for the stupid copy-protection on DVDs and Blu-Rays that makes it impossible to watch movies on my desktop computer. Thank god I have a program that removes all that junk and creates a file that I can play - and without the FBI warning.
Hey entertainment industry, if you made it easy for me to watch what I want when I want and on what device I want, I'd probably double, even quadruple how much money I spend on your content.
It's in the financial interest of residents of Marshall to ensure that juries rule in favour of patent trolls.
More lawsuits means more judges and clerks. More lawsuits means more office space being leased to patent companies. More lawsuits means the need for more jurors (who receive compensation for their time). More lawsuits means more out-of-town lawyers at your local hotels. More lawsuits means more meals and catering from local restaurants. And so on.
To insert logic into this would destroy an entire industry.