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#1 Bomb Bloke

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 05:33 AM

Given their latest conquest, it's clear the RIAA isn't too interested in maintaining any image other then a persistant one.

But should these sort of demands be allowable? Sure, piracy isn't a good thing, but what happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Should these sort of demands be legal, without court approval?
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 06:34 PM

Well, they can demand all they like, but surely without a court order they can't get anything?  Indeed, sending someone a letter threatening legal action unless they pay up (when that money isn't actually owed) could be seen by some to be a criminal offense.

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 09:50 PM

The RIAA's actions are mirroring mobsters.

Methinks those video game protesters are on the wrong track. Who needs GTA when our very own real-life mobsters run the town?


RIAA said:

"We got woid that youse is cutting in on our rackets. Pay up, or we can makes things very, very uncomfortable for yous. Capische?"

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 09:20 AM

Well, the idea is that they want to avoid the court cases by going straight to the "offenders" and demanding the money. This is legal, but they they can't force people to pay up - they can only threaten legal action if they don't.
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 07:11 AM

This is not legal, and sloppy at best. Reign Of Terror
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Posted 22 July 2006 - 11:31 PM

Is it my imagination here or are all corporate attempts to stamp out DVD, music and software piracy specifically designed to alienate the public and turn the pirates into modern Robin Hood type folk heroes as opposed to mere hi-tech shoplifters?  Even the Mafia and the Triads aren't this ruthless in their business dealings.

Companies need to reduce piracy, because people need money to live so companies have to have a financial incentive to produce and distribute new products (their employees have grocery bills to consider).  I certainaly don't like the idea of paying a surcharge for a DVD to subsidise all the theives.  However, it is counterproductive for a company to alienate its customers by Orwellian anti-piracy policies.

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 01:26 AM

They'll never get rid of piracy.  It's stupid to try and eradicate it in this way.  Saying "Oh, piracy has been costing us millions, we'll have to raise prices." only alienates more customers.

I especially love the "Recording artists need that money to live." argument.  Actually, what recording artists need is more than the typical 5-10% of the profits they get from THEIR music.

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 06:17 PM

Be reasonable: saying "shareholders need that money to buy a second luxury yatcht" just doesn't have the same emotional appeal.

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:57 AM

*sigh*.

Just-

*sigh*
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Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:53 AM

DVD-Sniffers! Now young people buy blank DVD-medias to sniff!
What if you bought a package of 100 blank DVD-media and packed it in the luggage? Then the dogs still would find it and you would be subjected to a very painful full cavity search while being questioned about the sniffed out DVD-medias.
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Posted 22 September 2006 - 01:04 PM

You should have read the comments at Digg. Hundreds of DVDs filled to the brim with tubgirl.

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:41 AM

Hang on, they say they want to catch discs on their way to copying factories...

So how do they know which discs are off to be copied, and which discs are just part of someones collection?  :D
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Posted 16 October 2006 - 06:20 PM

View PostFullAuto, on 28th April 2006, 1:34pm, said:

Well, they can demand all they like, but surely without a court order they can't get anything?  Indeed, sending someone a letter threatening legal action unless they pay up (when that money isn't actually owed) could be seen by some to be a criminal offense.
The RIAA would prefer just breaking into, then destroying the offending system.  Cf. H. R. 5211 alias "Berman Bill", 2002.

This got one of the Democratic Party cosponsors eliminated from office with a 75% rejection in a solid Democratic Party district, but Berman is from Hollywood.

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 10:50 PM

:D Labels Seek Lower Royalty Rate.

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:12 PM

Greed.  Pure and simple.  "We want an even bigger share of the profits."

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 05:57 AM

I'll be waiting for this to happen, and I hope to get front row seats: http://bash.org/?710728
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 05:44 AM

Record companies want ISPs to block access to file-sharing websites.

*sigh* and *sigh* again.

Technically speaking any webserver capable of binary data transfer qualifies as a "file-sharing" website, doesn't it?

Honestly, how in the name of all that is unholy do these guys still exist?
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:54 AM

They seem more interested in stopping file sharers then the servers. Of course, this involves ISPs monitoring the content each heavy uploader sends out; I assume most of them wouldn't be too interested in buying the processor power needed to pull that off.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 10:09 AM

Whoo. Someone finally did it!

RIAA Backs Down After Receiving Letter from Defendant's Lawyer Threatening Malicious Prosecution; Voluntarily Dismisses Case

This is turning out to be a good day after all.
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