Overhype

by Mike Masnick




Broadband Adds Complications To Piracy Battle

from the does-it? dept

Technology companies can't have it both ways (though, that won't stop them from trying). First, they spend all this time lobbying for the government to push high speed internet adoption, and then they go and complain that broadband internet is a pirate's best friend. It seems to me, that if they stopped worrying so much about the technology, and started figuring out ways to use it for legitimate purposes, a lot of the piracy problems wouldn't matter. Yes, there is always going to be some element of piracy when you're dealing with a digital good, but a business should be able to figure out a way to incorporate that into their business model. In fact, it's amusing that the same company doing the complaining (Microsoft), has been shown to benefit over the long term from the piracy of their software products - specifically by creating a de facto standard and making "legitimate" users obligated to purchase the software.

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    LittleW0lf, 8 Oct 2002 @ 4:53pm

    Funny, I thought it was the Intellectual Property

    Technology companies can't have it both ways (though, that won't stop them from trying). First, they spend all this time lobbying for the government to push high speed internet adoption, and then they go and complain that broadband internet is a pirate's best friend.

    Funny, I thought it was the Intellectual Property companies that wanted this...we like the Technology companies precisely because they don't believe this...;-)

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