I apologise if somebody else has already suggested this as I haven't read all the comments...
If the developers are going to go to all this trouble, why couldn't they have put a simple "More info" button that:
• links to a website and has a little explanation of why the piracy message there
• that the gamer can carry on playing, but will find it impossibly difficult as piracy levels increase,
• and give the player an option to remove the restriction by buying the game?
Turn some of the players into paying customers instead of pissing them off!
I have to disagree with you a bit on this Mike.. These app stores are great ways of encouraging development for the platforms, and for the end user to easily get the best out of their devices.
For example, I often had issues finding software for my Windows Mobile based phone. The software I did find did not always make the best use of the phone (there were only a few apps that made use of the accelorometer for example). I never once paid for any applications for it.
I now have an Android phone with an Apps store. The quality of the applications strikes me as much higher, and are far easier to access and install - as well as there being more of them! I have actually purchased several apps now. It is convinient, quick, and Google offer 24 hours in which I can get a refund if the app does not work or I don't like it!
If i saw both in the shop side by side, I would buy both... North Face T-shirt / South Butt trousers :) I would say the two products compliment each other! Granting the kid a license (to mention the North Face name in his marketing) could make it possible for both companies to make more cash!
Where I used to work, we repaired printers. It was quite common for us to put warranty stickers (aka tamper tape) inside machines. It was pretty obvious if the machines had been opened as when opening them back up, you could tell if the tape was still stuck! You could also tell if they had stuck in the first place as they left the word void stuck to the plastic!
Here is another question - Recently, BT introduced a firmware update for their business routers that allows access to the BT OpenZone (A subscription wifi service). If I enable that service on my router, can I (or my business) be held liable for anyone that uses it as it shares the same IP address?
Surely the infringement is not the uploading of essentially meaningless little bits of data, but in the reconstructing of it into something meaningful?
If I buy some fertiliser and some diesel, I am not a terrorist unless i) I make a bomb or ii) It can be shown that I intend to make a bomb!
I think the missing part in the music uploading / downloading question is the intent...
Next question.. If something is automated then can you show intent? For example if my P2P software automatically shares my music folder - can it be said trhat I intended to share my legally ripped CD's?
I hear that VPN's are doing well for business these days.. Why don't the music industry offer a VPN service where for a flat fee you can download as much as you like legally? They wouldn't have to worry about software, or user interface etc... They could even team up with existing VPN providers to offer a flat fee "Music VPN"!
I don't understand how they can make money from bottled water - after all you cant expect these companies to compete with the ample "free" water we get from our taps. The music industry have "proven" this theory!