[mythtv-users] The final nail in the RIAA - the curve accelerates AGAIN

Yan Seiner yan at seiner.com
Mon Jan 28 15:20:08 UTC 2008

Steve Smith wrote:
> On 28/01/2008, *Matt Emmott* <memmott at gmail.com 
> <mailto:memmott at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On Jan 28, 2008 6:51 AM, Joe Borne <joe.borne at gmail.com
>     <mailto:joe.borne at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         Those who have read my previous posts on the RIAA/MPAA will
>         understand why I am posting this. I believe this signals that
>         we have hit the point in the curve where effort has overcome
>         resistance. All further efforts contribute to acceleration
>         rather than overcoming resistance in an ever more
>         disproportionate measure.
>         We have come full circle, it's a return to the original
>         Naptster model. For those who don't know, Napster made this
>         exact offer to the RIAA etc in the  11th hour of the trial
>         that shut them down. Of course the music industry refused it
>         and suffered the consequences. 7 years later we are right back
>         where we started. Only now the RIAA knows it's this - or death.
>         http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article3261591.ece
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>     While this may be similar to the eleventh-hour Napster model, it
>     is by no means the original Napster free-as-in-beer model. This
>     appears to be nothing more than DRM-ed music that you can carry
>     with you, just like Microsoft's FairPlay and the Yahoo Music
>     Jukebox + Sansa Connect model (which I've been using for years).
>     From the article:
>     " Qtrax files contain Digital Rights Management software, allowing
>     the company to see how many times a song has been downloaded and
>     played. Artists, record companies and publishers will be paid in
>     proportion to the popularity of their music, while also taking a
>     cut of advertising revenues."
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> Yes but is the DRM restricting you to particular devices (not nice) or 
> just checking how many times the song has been played (necessary to 
> support their revenue model)?
Well, it apparently needs a Qtrax player, which leaves us linux people 
out....  Well you know linux is developed by subversive communist long 
hair hippie pukes like those at IBM, Oracle, ... Hmm. wait.

Anyway Qtrax sounds like a data harvesting operation on a huge scale.  
It calls home, it requires its own player, it's DRM, and it's supported 
by the music industry.  I smell a trojan horse.  Maybe not, but RIAA 
certainly hasn't acted in a way that gains my trust lately.

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