I don't know why people are so upset about them defending against the overwhelming amount of music and video piracy that goes on.
It really amazes me to see that people don't realize that sharing music files is illegal, its copyright violation, with each file that is 'shared' it means that a CD wasn't purchased which takes money out of the hands of everyone in the chain, from shop owner to the artist that created it and everyone who lives off of the funds paid them [makeup artist, courier, the supplier of the chair at the music video site, etc, etc] and since the playing field is electronic, they should be able to defend their property.
Now, with that said, I think they are tempting fate by creating apps that wipe harddrives, or crash systems. Its bound to pull more hackers into the fold of defending against the RIAA applications. An escalation effect will occur.
Now, the DMCA should also be cleaned out, its a nightmare and can be used against nearly anyone, for anything.
Yes, I think its too expensive to get 2 good songs for , yes I think they should lower the costs or allow personal rips of individual songs. Grok and Morph, as a service, is legal, but not the use alluded to here, to share copyrighted material. e.g. You can't ban the gun because it kills people because it has had and could have overwhelming redeeming value, such is the case with the P2P networks, not everyone uses it to share copyrighted material. [cough... cough cough]
[edited by onlinetracker on 04.05.2003 18:37]