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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 [amazon.com] , 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.