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  • A few years ago, Garth Brooks loudly complained about used CDs "costing" him sales. Of course, Microsoft isn't really happy about people reselling their their software. It's all insane. There is a time to let go of one's product and I submit that a good time for doing that would be AFTER YOU SELL IT. I'm lucky enough to be an author and I'd not at all concerned about used book sales canibalizing my royalities. I like to look toward the future, not the past. I wish more people would think like this instead

    • Hey, remember when it was assumed that the purpose of capitalism was to serve the consumer, not the capitalist? Man, those were the days.

      And while I'm ranting, I love how DVD players are "zoned", because the movie industry "needs" to be able to treat the different zones as distinct markets. I love how the word "need" gets used there. Can I do that too? As in: "I need my DVD player to play whatever DVD I can put in it."

      • For a short while, Circuit City was selling a version of the APEX AD600 DVD player that would play any zone. It wasn't long before it was removed from the shelves and replaced with one that had the zone restrictions.

        I think you can find the multi-zoned versions on ebay from time to time if you're *really* interested.