OK, so if I wanted to store my iTunes-bought movies on megaupload to keep an offsite backup (not sure if MU allowed this as I never used it), how would MPAA classify those? They surely can't be infringing if I own the originals and am using MegaUpload. Again, I assume files could be protected to prevent anyone downloading). Isn't infringement a mechanical process rather than an electronically stored copy? How can files themselves be infringing?
I work on a Canadian University Campus and we're already starting to see real discontent in student bodies across the country.
The only thing idiotic approaches like this do is drive more people to pirate. Nothing in new in what I just said it's just tiresome having to keep beating the same drum in an apparently deaf world! I don't know how Mike hasn't gone insane by now!
I must have missed that one. That's absolutely stunning. That ruling implies that no-one is ever allowed to take a picture of a London bus in front of the houses of parliament and photoshop them ever again? I assume this decision is being appealed...
Another perfect example of this is Rock Band. I've paid crap loads for the downloadable songs over the last 3 years, because it's content that actually has value to me. They could have given me the game for free and still made a ton off my purchases.
So is Roger Ebert a leech? What about Fox "news", CNN and every other news outlet in the world? They create no more or less than the author of this site. He's creating articles, based on his own opinions and observations which (as you must have noticed) are shared by thousands of other people. Your opinion is no more or less valid than Mike's and unless you're willing to provide proof of your creativity then your argument rings hollow and meaningless.
Just to cover the same ground as others, the law is fundamentally flawed. The simple fact is that your average 12 year old (and probably younger) knows a DAMN sight more about the internet, its pros and cons and how to get around any ridiculous "over 13" policies than the idiots who passed them as an attention-seeking right-wing vote-grab in the first place!
I think you guys in North America (assuming...) would call this cotton balls... it's essentially the same thing, just not pre-balled... you have to "ball" it yourself... mmm... this got decidedly smutty!