"If you find someone to earn gold for you in WOW because you just don't have the time, it's called Gold Farming...and is apparently illegal."
Gold Farming is not illegal. Most online gold sellers use phishing and other cybercrime tactics to steal your logon credentials to the game, and then sell everything in game to collect gold for online sale. Using someones logon credentials to access a system without permission is illegal.
"Just guessing here, but they can probably see the end results of the hacking on the WoW servers, but were probably looking for the tools/programs they used to do the actual hack on their desktops."
Nope. The hacking is done via keyloggers on your PC. This is invisible to blizzard. Once the hacker has your credentials from your PC, and uses them to logon, everything looks the same to Blizzard, except for IP address. And unless you have a static IP address that is meaningless. The only thing blizzard can see is in game mods like Glider (previously mentioned on techdirt). But as already stated, all the hacking is outside the game client, so invisible to Blizzard.
New mediums that are improvements on old mediums will be successful. A new medium that locks new music I purchase out of the five different device types I already have in my home to listen to music? I don't like the odds on that one.
Wow, just wow. People bought CD players because it was a superior format to the long play record. And oh yeah, the internet did not exist for home users. There was a ten year window where the CD was the only game in town. Do you seriously expect people to move from the open distribution model that now exists to a closed system model.
But why should the record industry care right? Why should they care about what consumer want? Oh you want to listen to music on you tablet, mp3 player, smart phone? You want to be able to buy music not just over the internet, but from the actual device you use to listen to music? Yeah we don't want you to do that. We can survive long term without listening to what our consumers actually want.
aldestrawk, absolutely this solution is by no means perfect. As a security professional I would be disinclined to trust it. But what is important is that is shows just how pointless these ICE seizures are. They are grandstanding on behalf of media companies on the taxpayers dollar. They are wasting taxpayer money to buy headlines, putting in place easily circumventable restrictions that are doing nothing to stop downloading/streaming of copyrighted material.
How can anyone seriously suggest that the recording industry is capable of making any kind of technology that would be remotely capable of preventing recording/replication? You only have to look at the dvd drm fiasco. The movie industry ignored well established security best practices, came up with their own encryption protocol, and it was cracked in days by a teenager! Not a team security professionals with twenty years experience in crtypography, but a teenager!
“People who will pirate it at $40 will pirate it at $20. People still pirate music that is 99 cents. People pirate because they want to pirate, not to save money. They want to be cool, they want to "stick it to the man", whatever their logic. Even if the price was 10 cents for a song, it would still be too much for most dedicated pirates.”
I watch UFC events only via illegal streams. I am the sole provider for a family. I don't do this to stick it to the man. I support the UFC via watching their reality show, The Ultimate Figter, and I attended the UFC event in Sydney, Australia last year. $40 for one TV sporting event is simply out of my price range. I can pay $90 a month for cable and get access to hundreds of hours of sports. I can pay $250 and watch every NFL game online for the entire season. $40 for 3.5 hours of television is not value for money. Especially when they continually increase the number of events each year. If they dropped it to a more reasonable price I would happily pay. The quality of streams are not good, so a ppv has a RTB, but not at $40.