Or talking anywhere period.... which is going to be a non-starter in the real world. The fact is that, contrary to popular belief, most people do not speak any louder into a phone than they do talking to a person beside them.
Some companies would like to disagree with you on that. I.E. the companies who try to sue over older NES-PS2 era games being uploaded online and made available for no cost or just donations for server fees.
Umm.... no. The PS2 emulators for computer that I have seen have 'issues' with various games... not rendering shadows properly, having the wrong textures/colors for various things, etc.
The Saturn emulators out there are touchy as well and have issues.
Really, I don't understand why these device makers do not make emulators for their systems after they stop selling their systems. Is it that hard to do? I'd have to say "No" considering that non-company hackers can do it, by and large.
Bingo, mad. Consoles usually only last 10 years, tops with the hardware and even the game carts/discs before they are irreparably damaged due to scratches or other things.
We need to backup those things to a computer system that is more difficult to damage in order to not lose a lot of games to disc rot and console damage.
Personally, I feel it is past time to make console manufacturers release ALL their documents and make their own emulator that works on the most common OS's available at the time (I.E. today Windows 7+, iOS, Android, OSX) so that we do not lose a bunch of cultural advancements.
Thank you, Techdirt. I have been pointing this out to friends and family for years that most 'pirates' aren't really that (they are doing legal timeshifting because they have cable/satellite TV memberships) or the pirates aren't a lost sale because they don't make enough money to afford the legitimate thing in question.
Yes, it is, because it makes it appear that the government has something to hide.
Newsflash for the 'gobmint wouldn't harm us' people out there: if the government goes to these means to take something out of public circulation, they probably do have something to hide and there might be some truth in the thing somewhere.
My Lai was called a 'conspiracy theory' until hard evidence came out that it actually happened, so don't be too willing to say that these people are nuts.
Simple, to answer the last question: We just ignore the laws.
That is all we do and if anyone tries coming after us, we hit back HARD and get the law thrown out then. It shouldn't come to that, but too often considering how freaking lazy our politicians in the world today are, it does.
True. The actions of an insane person do not prove that "The laws aren't working!" It just shows that the laws cannot prevent an insane person from killing a bunch of people if they get up and decide "Today is a good day to kill a lot of people!"
It's just impossible to stop that in the real world with more laws. With better psychological counseling and less of a 'reluctance' (albeit one rooted in history) to institutionalize someone.... that can stop these things or prevent SOME of them.
Well, part of regional blocking is that companies cannot know whether X or Y is legal in the country where they wish to sell it until going through a broad process where they ask the elected officials and legal experts whether those things are legal.
That is part of the problem today. Most things should be LEGAL unless made ILLEGAL and made illegal for a damned good reason.
Simply put, FanFiction fits into the same area as parody and is protected by human rights.
It's time to start bitchslapping the publishers and authors, telling them "Once you release something, other people have the right to use your characters as long as: 1. They aren't getting paid for it (or only server costs) and 2. They make it very clear that they are not the creators of the characters."