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Again with the support of MP3.com? What is it with TMV ??

by DROrr / October 5, 2006 9:09 AM PDT

Ok,

Let me try to understand this. TMV say they are against piracy, but they just don't like the whole DRM thing.

To begin with, I don't like DRM, for obvious reasons. But if you're going to be against DRM, then you have to support enforcement of intellectual property rights. Yet, every time the US government pushes Russia to at least make an effort to get serious against piracy. Tom and Veronica start ranting that "its not a big enough issue" to bring up????

Well, let me just let you know that for every programmer, for every artist that has ever put effort in creating something unique, intellectual property is a very big issue. It is also a major export for the United States.

If Russia wants to be part of the WTO, they have to get serious about protecting intellectual property. The whole point of those talks is to bring up these issues.

So when Tom and Molly say "its not that we support piracy, we just don't want our government to do even the slightest thing to prevent it" is the same as saying "we don't support drunk driving, we just don't think they should enforce any laws against it"

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I agree with some points, but not all
by wizardjs / October 5, 2006 10:49 AM PDT

I think allofmp3.com represents a broader move by the US to enforce intellectual property rights, however, the US is only doing it under pressure from the RIAA. TMV don't support piracy, they believe that DRM prevents from doing legal things with intellectual propety they own. Example, they don't believe in stripping DRM to give out the song as a torrent, but they do believe in stripping the DRM to put music from iTS on a Zen. So, the US should let artists get the money they deserve from their products, but they shouldn't do it because allofmp3.com itself represents a major threat to the US ecomony, they're just appeasing the RIAA.

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(NT) (NT) Do you work for the RIAA ???
by harrietj / October 5, 2006 11:21 PM PDT
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Good points but
by Dirty Pirate / October 6, 2006 12:18 AM PDT

I would say to heck with Russia right now. There is a bigger issue happening with China that needs to be addressed.

Not only software is pirated there, hardware as well. TO the point where they spoofed NEC for nearly a whole year.

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I, also, have been seeing a 'double standard'
by cardsbb9 / October 6, 2006 12:37 AM PDT

If anything, the action of the USA toward Russia regarding Allofmp3 is a clear indication that the USA does not consider Allofmp3 to be legal for making sales in the US.

I see two double standards, here.

One is with the US government. If it considers allofmp3 to be illegal then why aren't ISPs blocking it? The ISPs always allow themselves the option to block illegal content..... why isn't the US government asking the ISPs to block it?

Second, we again see BOL feturing an illegal mp3 download site in their commentary. If we take TMV at their word that they don't encourage illegal downloading of music then why the constant discussion of sites like allofmp3 and pirate-bay? Every time they are mentioned on the podcast it is like an unexpressed endorsement.

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