Here in Australia, we've had the option to use recycled paper toilet paper for at least the last 20 years. Personally I use a brand called "Safe". It's cheap and soft and, yes, off-white If you're in Australia, give it a try.
You raise a good point. I would like to see some push back on people/companies who abuse the DMCA.
It just seems strange to me that this is the story that might actually cause the push back. In my opinion, both bloggers mentioned in the article are idiots (but I do agree they have the right to be idiots!) especially the one who issued the take down notice.
Not bad for a guy who hasn't had a hit in 20 years. Still, if I had a choice, I'd rather meet Richard and call him a c**t to his face than meet Prince full stop! If I met Prince, I might do something I won't regret (but regret getting caught for!)
If someone gets cut off the internet, or severely throttled, they might decide "Oh, well, I better stop pirating so I can get my internet access back. Now, let's see, I can't buy any music because it's all online and I have no internet. Oh, and I can't rent a movie because it's all done on the internet. I'd buy a book but...."
So, how does this actually help the big entertainment industries again?
There is a very high probability that I enjoyed that article. Unfortunately, there is also an incredibly high probability that none of my friends will "get it". I could be wrong, though. In fact, I hope I am!
I found a "near mint" 45 of it for 50 cents, all of which went to charity. I got the song, charity got the money, the record label got it's money when the original owner (I assume) bought the single. Everybody's happy!
I remember back in 1998, I'd heard the song "Jack And Diane" and decided I'd like a copy. So I go to he music store only to find out the song was 16 years old and the only way I could get it that day was to buy the Greatest Hits CD for a whopping $30 (the price of a new release CD in Australia at the time). I walked out of the shop empty handed.
Here a 32GB iPhone 5 is $899. What's the U.S. price, please?
A song on ITunes is $1.69 or $2.19 - now, granted this price was set at a time when the U.S. $1 was worth around Aus$1.70 (give or take a couple of cents) but as the exchange rate fluctuated, the price didn't change. As pointed out our dollar is currently worth (slightly) more than the U.S. dollar.
Australia's free trade agreement with the US in 2004 resulted in our copyright5 terms for sound recordings, etc, being extended from 50 to 70 years. So, thanks, US, now I can't enjoy cheap but good quality rock and roll CD's.
That reply to Bob about libraries (I didn't catch the writer's name) was brilliant! No wonder it got the votes!
When I was a kid, the library was my favourite place to go because it had lots of books and tapes (remember those?) that we could borrow. Yes, you had to return them, but you could always get more if you wanted to. Or even the same ones again.
[sarc] Whoops, I better stop living in the 1980's and remember that libraries are evil places now [/sarc]