If everyone's worried about the legality of a hi-res single-face scan of the dollar bill, just open MSPAINT and scribble "DRM 4 EVA" on the image. Then send that. I'm sure they'll appreciate someone who understands them.
I imagine this is only the beginning. In the end, I don't think SOPA or snooping legislation will be necessary. All the state has to do is terrorize the private sector and people into giving up their rights voluntarily.
Whether you should or not is immaterial since you have no right to be respected. As a seller of screwdriver licenses, I assume that all screwdriver users are dirty criminals and probably stole the screwdrivers too. That said, it's only right that I treat custo-- criminals with no common respect.
Also: how many people compulsively scan QR codes? I don't even have a capable phone at the moment, but i wouldn't unpocket it to tediously visit some unknown website on my phone. That makes as much sense as visiting the URLS on my cereal boxes or random image links dumped to an IRC channel... using my old 133 MHz PowerBook.
Innovation produced by patent lawyers benefits no one.
It seems to me that the actual sources of creation (the artists and engineers) are often on the right side of the IP fence. If that observation is correct, the whole "IP law protects innovation" argument needs to be set aflame, pushed out to sea and forgotten forever.
Holy crap. I read the headline and had avoided reading the comment thread because I knew what would happen. The only way a conclusion could ever be made in these "copying != stealing" threads is if the discussion were executed with baseball bats.
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I've seen them higher too, but it's never $10 books I'm shopping for. Usually the books are retailing in the $100-300 range. When the ebook prices are still in the vicinity of the physical copy price at that PP, something is seriously wrong.
If you ask me, when a glue-bound hardback sells domestically for $250+ and the exact same book comes from the same presses, has a sticker put on it and is sold overseas and is still available for $60 shipped back from Qatar, something leads me to distrust every word a publisher shill might say to defend the domestic market value of these products.
It's not just that it's easy or convenient communication. Phones are convenient and global. It's the fact that internet communities and social media have the capacity to supplant a state/corp controlled media. It might not be all the way there yet, but I'm surprised they haven't been shitting themselves in horror before now.
Considering the crap that's been going around, it's not enough to avoid the intentional use of copyrighted material. Capture a song in the distance or a sign in a recording? Create something completely new that too closely resembles something someone else has created or thought about creating before? Well now you're in the same deep water. The only winning defensive move is to not perceptibly exist.
Certainly both are threats to a corrupt ruling body, but I imagine something so singular as facebook would be a convenient target to destroy. Besides, it's not like these people to think beyond "us versus scapegoat".