The abject stupidity of North Country Gazette's stance is that they've practically invited all manner of assaults. It's a no-brainer that a DNS attack is likely in their immediate future. Anyone want to start a pool on anticipated timeframe? Sheesh!
I'm with the good Pope on this one, big time. And for much the same reasons. But let's spin this in a different light. It's no secret that the entertainment industry have proved time and again that their modus operandi is the Almighty Buck. And one must surely be living under a rock if they're unaware of the DMCA and many of its legion (RIAA, MPAA and SPA, amongst others).
Various technologies aside, one could conceivably be charged with reverse engineering if he/she were to change region-specific codes or settings within media and/or electronics in order to have even a legally owned OEM version of the media or device perform to the needs of the owner. Failing those (for whatever reasons), a viable, legal and hassle-free alternative for enjoying "media x" should be granted considerable latitude where the DMCA is concerned.
For example, if one owns a functional OEM Laserdisc and a dead player he/she should be legally able to download a copy of that media in whatever current standard is available. Of course this is assuming that a format conversion has already been done and is internet accessible. This aspect of p2p has been a great asset in archival media preservation.
But then there's always the mega-corporate gluttons, and the abject industry sell-outs who will blindly pursue even septuagenarians using these same p2p services to enjoy work that's been in the public domain for decades. No names mentioned... **cough-cough-Metallica-cough-cough**
Don't get me started on the whole piracy issue. Yo-ho-friggin'-ho, baby.
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