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On the website of the BBC we can read that The Motion Picture Association (MPAA) has announced it will also be sueing 321 Studios in the UK, where it also has an office. The MPAA believes...
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As far as I knew it is not yet illegal in the UK to make a backup of any softwaremedia you've purchased as long as it is strictly for personal use. To do this one needs to get round the copy protection. So there would seem to be a bit of a grey area in the law, or two laws are potentially at odds. Let's face it, who keeps their original CDs in their car? Most folks, if they can, will keepuse a backup copy which will have cost 20-40p to make...are they therefore breaking the law? If upheld in the courts this means here in the UK (assuming we can make a backup for personal use legally) we won't be allowed to copy anything... ...oh sod it, I'm off to Blockbusters to make a few backups... :d
this may sound bad at first but what happens if the court decission goes against the MPAA. :B Some clarification of the law is needed. I have no idea how they can sue a company for letting people make ligitimate backups
Because they are greedy hypocritical bastards basically, we all know that the true cost of producing a DVD or CD is peanuts, but still the companies refuse to acknowledge this and reflect it in their pricing therby making piracy a waste of time, and aditionally when for example Time Warner actually own the premier MP3 player (winamp) why should we believe they are serious about stopping unsolicited copying etc? what they really do by using the RIAA is to pay lip service to policing but in reality they let slip the "screeners" and "taster" so that if they get a good response then the Film or Album gets promoted (which costs a fortune) if not then it never sees the light of day thus saving a bundle.:r
I think this would be bad news for us in the UK as nowadays its big business that the court helps and not the consumer so we might end up with yet more loss of our rights witch any sensible person or even a judge must acknowledge there is a real need to backup a CD when they are so fragile (witch is why they are cheap) One other point whatever happens euro law might just overrule it anyway
O.K I'm about to get patriotic here, so please don't be offended if your from another country, but WTF is the MPAA/RIAA doing in the UK?! We have our own version of these "Authorities" that are just as capable of taking someone to court if they think there breaking copywriting laws. They sould of just asked us to deal with it, but did they... no! They think because there above US law they can practically reach into anyone elses country and do whatever they like! You really have no idea how mad this makes me feel. It's like stating that we are unable to police our country so they have to do it for us! Fuck it! I'm going to find a small island somewhere, declare it as mine, called it Petraland or something and the first law is I am king, judge, jury and executioner and let them fuck with me then. Ahhh, I feel much better now.[edited by petera on 03.09.2003 01:48]
Yes do that Petera and when America puts a trade embargo on your countryisland how do you think you'll be able to survive???? No technology (Windows, pentium etc) No imported resources (Steel, oil etc..) and therefoe no actual people. You will be a lonely hermit on your lonely island. You can sue anyone anywhere nowadays, so get used to it!
Yeah, they probabaly would put trade sanctions on me for no good reason other than to be able to impose some control on how I govern my little dot on the ocean, but the dream was nice... My real issue is with then not using the proper channels. I see the MPAA as being disrespectful for suing someone for "breaking the law" and not going to the proper authorities first. They can argue that the US law enforcement agencies cannot cope with all the stuff over there so they are cutting out the middleman, wich is fine but it is not nessessarally the case here in old blighty:(