Re: RHIZOME_RAW: SonicBlue ordered to track ReplayTV users

Posted by Plasma Studii | Wed May 15th 2002 1 a.m.

>SonicBlue ordered to track ReplayTV users' viewing choices
>By Dawn C. Chmielewski
>Mercury News

>Central District Court Magistrate Charles F. Eick told SonicBlue to
>gather ``all available information'' about how consumers use the
>Santa Clara company's latest generation ReplayTV 4000 video
>recorders, and turn the information over to the film studios and
>television networks suing it for contributing to copyright
>infringement.

> The magistrate, who is supervising discovery, ordered the company
>to write software in the next 60 days that would record every
>``click'' from every customer's remote control.

sounds unbelievably uptight. But there's an easy solution. "Fine
but the judge has to sit and read the entire transcript".

Let the public get their hands on movies and some will copy them. oo
too bad. Warner Brothers (et al.) loses. Well, I guess they will
just close up shop now, right?

Bad Western philosophy as applied to economics. Money goes wherever
it is interested. It's like a cat. Money is not a set sized lump,
cut up like a pie chart (as people generally assume). Money (and
EVERY kind of opportunity) are like radioactivity. They grow
exponentially according to their proximity to other radioactivity.

If movie distributors lose money because of copying, it is a function
that the distribution process doesn't still work within the current
environment. Trying to monitor people (potential THIEVES) is so
indirectly related it's silly. If these distributors go belly up,
the problem is far more fundamental than they can prevent. But more
likely there won't be much effect.

Still, I like imagining that judge reading a transcript of every
click from a remote control in Southern California.

judson
  • marc garrett | Thu May 16th 2002 1 a.m.
    Yeah like Julie says, it stinks...this is just the start of a society
    picking on its own citizens for the sake of power over the world.

    marc

    > >SonicBlue ordered to track ReplayTV users' viewing choices
    > >By Dawn C. Chmielewski
    > >Mercury News
    >
    > >Central District Court Magistrate Charles F. Eick told SonicBlue to
    > >gather ``all available information'' about how consumers use the
    > >Santa Clara company's latest generation ReplayTV 4000 video
    > >recorders, and turn the information over to the film studios and
    > >television networks suing it for contributing to copyright
    > >infringement.
    >
    > > The magistrate, who is supervising discovery, ordered the company
    > >to write software in the next 60 days that would record every
    > >``click'' from every customer's remote control.
    >
    > sounds unbelievably uptight. But there's an easy solution. "Fine
    > but the judge has to sit and read the entire transcript".
    >
    > Let the public get their hands on movies and some will copy them. oo
    > too bad. Warner Brothers (et al.) loses. Well, I guess they will
    > just close up shop now, right?
    >
    > Bad Western philosophy as applied to economics. Money goes wherever
    > it is interested. It's like a cat. Money is not a set sized lump,
    > cut up like a pie chart (as people generally assume). Money (and
    > EVERY kind of opportunity) are like radioactivity. They grow
    > exponentially according to their proximity to other radioactivity.
    >
    > If movie distributors lose money because of copying, it is a function
    > that the distribution process doesn't still work within the current
    > environment. Trying to monitor people (potential THIEVES) is so
    > indirectly related it's silly. If these distributors go belly up,
    > the problem is far more fundamental than they can prevent. But more
    > likely there won't be much effect.
    >
    > Still, I like imagining that judge reading a transcript of every
    > click from a remote control in Southern California.
    >
    > judson
    >

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