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Geo-blocking sucks. But it is there because licenses have been given out for geographical regions to distribute content - physical or electronic. But it needs to go. Boo-hoo to the businesses that depend on it - everything is global now; this has been a trend for a decade or more (even before region code enforcement on DVD players was outlawed in Australia) so get with the program already.
Posted: May 8, 2015 @ 12:43
I won't rehash the article - but the important point here is that our government is building a framework for access to media that is built around what the industry wants - and is excluding what consumers want. In short, propping up the incumbents in a technologically changing environment can't last long - the industry needs to change its business model pronto.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 12:03
Is piracy an issue? Yup. But most things are pirated because we don't have decent access to the content in a legal manner. If the rights-holders weren't protecting their old-style business models and embraced the digital age a lot of piracy would go away. All of it? Never - it's been around forever. But make content easy to access and affordable - who knows what could happen. Look at Apple and iTunes.
Posted: May 5, 2014 @ 11:48
I've said it before - DRM is an issue. Here - if you've bought something (not rented it - bought it) then it is yours. Sure you can't copy it and redistribute it but you should be able to use it because you've paid for it. Your rights should not be arbitrarily revoked because someone up the vendor food chain changes their mind.
Posted: February 28, 2014 @ 16:42
While piracy is bad, DRM is the worst solution. It stops the consumer from legally using whatever it is that has the DRM on it.

Imagine that you buy a music track online. You can use it for personal use but you're not allowed to sell it or copy it for anyone else - no issues there.

But what happens then the licensor goes offline or out of business and the player wants to check your license? That's bad. Or when you buy some new player that isn't supported anymore? Also bad for you.
Posted: February 17, 2014 @ 12:31
Modified: February 17, 2014 @ 12:38
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