No one's saying you're not "allowed", they're saying that it isn't as lucrative as it may once have been, or even ever was for musicians, and you might want to investigate other avenues to make money off of your music.
Technology has brought a sea change that many need to learn (re-learn?) how to surf.
"...perhaps we will see a renewed sense of purpose at home and abroad to protect the heritage and the future of our IP community."
But who will protect us from the likes of this chucklehead and his purchased pols, seeing all and everyone as IP "thieves" when IP isn't even in the vicinity?
And how dare he claim to be protecting anything! Protecting from what, continually ignored and under-served paying customers? His future is an ugly one, the same sized bag being packed with ever more crap. His future is one of stagnation and choke chains on progress or forward thinking. His future is locked down and inaccessible and will doom those who live in it to obscurity and apathy.
He wouldn't know vibrant if it kicked him in the mouth.
While making funeral arrangements for my dad this past July, the funeral director mentioned something about getting robbed while out at the funeral, forget the circumstances though. So that one's still in play.
(He also told us not to mention the location of the funeral luncheon until we were at graveside, to keep out "the freelunchers"...must say, that cracked me up, it seemed so absurd yet believable.)
You can't rob homes over the internet, your physical presence is necessary to do this. Therefore it makes no difference if you're declared 'not home' on the web or not, the information isn't reliable or necessarily up to date. There's always a risk for the burglar that they'll run into a human (or protective pet) during a robbery. They could get lucky and you're out to dinner around the corner, or food shopping. Or at work. Or visiting. Or any of the million things we all do out of the home that don't get announced on the web.
Or they're armed and don't care if you're home or not, so lock your doors and hide, yeah?
Agreed, that was an awesome game. I...sorry, can't believe I'm gonna say this considering issues I've had with them, but...I was *lucky* enough to have Comcast and they added MSNBC to the HD lineup in our area very recently. And there were very few commercials (erm, thanks NBC!...oh, I've taken crazy pills...), which made it a really great experience.
No matter who won that game, it was a good 'un! :)
On topic: that ad made me chuckle, and I hate ads generally ('cause they're done badly). My dad wore Old Spice, rest his soul. Scent's a very strong memory inducer and invites some serious effects. Probably a good thing we don't have scent-o-vision.
Content creation is an evolutionary process. Stifling evolution through blocking important mutations via copyright law creates a loss for society and culture, and doesn't seem to "promote the progress" at all.
That's what frightens me most, the strangling of culture. Nothing is created without a lifetime of influences, concious and subconcious, yet the extremes of copyright would dare to make the opposite assumption and make criminals of us all in the process.