Comments on DigitalFreeDistribution: It's a common problem, repeatedly. The current legislation makes pirates of us all, where all we're trying to do is stuff that's fair with . . .

I did think it was very brave of Steve Jobs to come out against DRM now that he’s sat on all the loot from the billions of DRM’d up iTunes tracks sold ;)

publicenergy 2007-02-19 19:36 UTC


Very true :)

GreyWulf 2007-02-19 23:08 UTC


Instead of trying to get rid of the term “piracy” I like your other phrase better:

“If this is piracy, they’ve made me Jack Sparrows!”

Put a positive twist on the term pirate. At least when I grew up, pirates were cool. Adventure! The sea! Parrots! Golden earrings!

And for the modern day geek, there’s still MONKEY, NINJA, PIRATE, ROBOT!!! :) :D

AlexSchroeder 2007-02-20 08:47 UTC


So, you’re cool with people sharing digital copies of your book then…?!?!

– Anonymous Coward 2007-02-20 11:43 UTC


Sure, provided they adhere to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

GreyWulf 2007-02-20 21:56 UTC


Maybe its me, but on the subject of so called “Piracy”.
I had an instance where I had LEGALLY paid for and downloaded some tracks from a certain “above-board” site.
So far so good.
Because of the dreaded DRM that was in place, once my computer decided that it no longer wanted to play I lost everything.

I managed to recover some items, but guess what? the tracks I had paid for couldn’t be played because of an issue with mediaplayer, DRM and other bull s**t.
After trying literally everything to get back my DRM componants, licences and all other bits I needed to get the tracks running again, I failed.

The lesson I learned was to live “record” the tracks direct into MP3 under my conditions, problem solved, but all very hush hush.

Incidently I used I-Sound, but I’m sure theres plenty out there…

– I know me the best, and it stays that way. 2007-02-21 00:36 UTC


It’s a common problem, repeatedly.

The current legislation makes pirates of us all, where all we’re trying to do is stuff that’s fair with anything else we own. If I want to lend a book to my boys, I can. But I can’t legally burn a CD I own for them to listen to – even if I’m not listening to the CD myself at the time. I had to “find” an XP key for a computer I built over the weekend, despite the fact it already had XP installed on it. I just wanted a completely clean install, so needed a key.

DRM, copy restriction and all the rest should be consigned to the history books as a huge mistake. Creative commons history books, of course :)

GreyWulf 2007-02-21 22:09 UTC

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