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Friday May 30, 2003
07:48 AM

Forgive me, but...

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Even though I am a Christian, I can't help but get irate about the ASSHOLES who are directing our government, and our laws...

By ASSHOLES, I mean hollywood.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, appearing as a friend of the court, also sided with the industry, describing DeCSS as a "burglary tool" built for "entering and stealing the property" of the movie studios. Lockyer warned the court in stark terms that California's motion picture, music and technology industries would all suffer grave financial losses if trial courts had to treat computer code as speech when considering legal bids to suppress a program.

I am sorry, but when I watch a DVD on my Linux box that I PURCHASED (the DVD AND the Linux box), I find it disgusting that I am being called a thief, criminal, and a liar by hollywood.

Hollywood (MPAA, DVD-CSS, et al). Please, explain to me how I am causing you harm?! I bought the DVD, I own DVD players too, but by choosing to watch it on my computer, that somehow causes you to lose money?! Am I supposed to pay you each time I watch it on my Linux box - but not in my regular DVD player?!

I guess I am missing something here. DeCSS for me, and 99% of the others out there who REGULARLY USE IT, is used so that we can CHOOSE what we watch OUR LEGALLY PURCHASED movies on.

Why can't hollywood, the courts, and our government figure that out?

...if only the horseless carriage people had lobbyists as powerful as hollywood does these days, we'd still be driving horses...

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  • Why can't hollywood, the courts, and our government figure that out?

    Because they are part of a big money making scheme that has gone a bit scue-whiff with all the bungled management decisions they have made in the last 10-20 years.

    Unfortunately DeCSS *has* been used for illegal purposes, and the limited guidance that these people and their lawyers appear to have had, all points to anyone using this technology to be using illegal software.

    Once upon a time, the movie industry was a successful enterpris

  • Yes, Hollywood is evil and yes, politcians are easily corrupted. But none of this is new; the horseless carriage lobby may not have been powerful in 1900, but a few years later, the auto lobby was strong enough to dismantle public transit all over the country (even though it was contrary to the public good).

    I really urge you to read Clock of the Long Now [] , by Stewart Brand. There's one very useful discussion that categorizes society into seven layers of society: "fashion" at the very top, corporations

    • So what we're witnessing isn't some evil conspiracy, it's just how different elements of society react in the face of change.
      Maybe it's an evil conspiracy AND how different elements of society react in the face of change!

      Yes, it's annoying and frustrating. In the long view, this will all blow over and everyone will figure out how to Do The Right Thing (tm).
      Keynes said: in the long run, everyone dies.