Unfortunately, Ran is right and the problem is that there are no politicians who are not in some coporation's pocket, so we in the US can't choose to elect people with no corporate backing, it's a choice between which corporation to allow to run the country. Anyway, the way I see it, we are heading toward an Orwellian nightmare on the level of 1984. In the not so distant future, when we buy a movie or music disc, we will only be buying a year's license to have access to that product. After a year, we'll have to pay again to access it. That's why the book publishers are starting to try to push E-book formats because they want in. Think about it, you license the content for a book for a year, if you ever want to re-read it, you'll have to buy another year's license. Magazines will get that way, too. For schlock magazines like Time, People and Motor Trend, that's fine because who wants to read that crap again, but for magazines that have woodworking plans or similar things that you might not build for a year to two, this would be a real PITA!
[edited by Saruman on 03.01.2005 13:40]