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  • I am, frankly, more offended by the clearly false assertion by Jobs that we are not being treated like criminals than I am by the fact that I cannot share the music or burn playlists without limit (except in the case of copying files from shared playlists).
    First of all, the "good karma" limitations being placed on copying media are like the lock on your front door -- it's there to keep honest people honest, not prevent illegal activity. Anyone who wants to illegally copy digital music badly enough will find a way to do so, just like anyone who wants to break into your house badly enough will pick the lock.

    These rules are obviously transitional. Apple struck a decent bargain with the excessively conservative Big Five music companies.

    • It is more like Apple putting a lock on my front door and letting me have a key to it, that I can use 10 times a day, in order to make sure I am not letting anyone else use my computer.
    • Locks on houses seem really only to keep the owner out when they forget their keys. Honest people don't go into other people's houses and as you point out, criminals will not be detered by a lock.

      That being said... ;-)

      The real entity treating you like a "criminal" is the copyright owner. When, not if, the AAC protection is cracked it will be the RIAA and not Apple that slaps you with a DMCA violation. When you work around the 10 playlist burning limitation it will be the RIAA who comes after you, not A
      • The real entity treating you like a "criminal" is the copyright owner. When, not if, the AAC protection is cracked it will be the RIAA and not Apple that slaps you with a DMCA violation. When you work around the 10 playlist burning limitation it will be the RIAA who comes after you, not Apple.

        Apple is the one preventing me from doing things with songs I might, as far as they know, have the legal right to do. I am not saying the RIAA gets a pass. The only reason Apple is doing what it does is to appease