From: John P. Looney (john at domain antefacto.com)
Date: Thu 09 Aug 2001 - 09:05:16 IST
On Wed, Aug 08, 2001 at 06:31:21PM -0400, Wesley Darlington mentioned:
> I *like* Cringely's stuff. This article is one of his better ones. I don't
> find it implausible. The article is certainly less scary and outlandish
> than RMS' short story on copyright...
Um, that's a lot nearer reality than it used to be. Give it ten more
years. As it is, the publishers in the US are looking to go after
libraries for a "per-read" fee for books, rather than just selling them a
$10 book for $100. Only thing stopping them is that the senators are not
looking forward to the public backlash.
But, in places like the UK, where 1984-style school programmes are
teaching children that sharing is evil (to combat people swapping
playstation games in school), a few more years and people won't mind.
Ten years ago, who would have believed you if you told them that Film
Studios would let you buy a film for £20 or so, and could control what
countries it could be watched in, so they could price it more expensive in
Europe than Africa or the US ?
Tellin' ya. I'm still waiting to here that music studios are going to
support the pay-per-play AudioDVD, and stop making CDs/Tapes as of two
-- When I say 'free', I mean 'free': free from bond, of chain or command: to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. " -- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and Non-free software
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