iMuggings

from the but-how-much-do-they-report-the-value-is? dept

Over in the UK, there have been a series of articles recently about ways to cut back on mobile phone muggings. It seems that a fairly large percentage of street crime involves a mobile phone being stolen. Now that companies are making it easier to make stolen phones useless, it seems that muggers have picked a new target: the iPod. According to this article, there have been a series of iPod related muggings in London lately - and part of the problem is the stylish headphones that come with the device, but clearly mark the wearer as packing an iPod. Of course, this brings up the obvious question: if the recording industry is saying that any individual "stolen" song is worth $150,000, then couldn't someone who had their iPod stolen with, say, 1,000 songs, claim that they'd been robbed for $150 million?

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    alternatives, 23 Feb 2004 @ 5:41pm

    2 sides of the pond.

    If the iMuggings are in the UK, and the RIAA/$150,000 a song 'cost' is in the US, isn't one outside the juristiction of the other?

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    Lord Sludge, 24 Feb 2004 @ 6:55am

    huh.

    So if somebody steals one of my CDs, do they then owe me $150k * number of songs on that CD?

    And if not, what makes the RIAA so special? (If so, I think I have a new investment strategy...)

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    Joe Baderderm, 24 Feb 2004 @ 1:17pm

    Blocked access to iPod

    Wasy way to prevent more iMuggings:

    Have the device lock to only play Michael Bolton & Celine Dion. It may backfire as the person who mugged you will come back to kick your butt.

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