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RE: [dvd-discuss] Re: TurboTax for free?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeremy Erwin [mailto:jerwin@ponymail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 10:04 AM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Re: TurboTax for free?
> On Wednesday, January 8, 2003, at 12:12  PM, Richard Hartman wrote:
> >> So, I go down to the electronics store and secure myself a 
> player. As
> >> it fits my legal strategy, I make sure this acquisition is obtained
> >> with cash, rather than sleight of hand. A few hours later, 
> in the wee
> >> hours of the morning, I secure myself a large DVD 
> collection--and all
> >> with the approval of the CCA's legal department.
> >
> > ... but you've relegated poor Jon to prison for
> > circumventing the DVD protection when he views
> > his DVDs on his home-brewed Linux player.  Isn't
> > that what we've been fighting against?
> >
> Perhaps I should be clearer-- when I make my late night, after hours 
> visit to Tower, the doors are locked. No problem..., I just 
> whip out my 
> (non-digital) crowbar, and..
> (After all, the right to view depends on purchase of the 
> player, not on 
> purchase of the discs..)
> The sattelite TV and TurboTax examples have amore coherent 
> relationship 
> between key and purchase.

_Ethically_, I agree.  From the _legal_ standpoint though
I still maintain that it is less clear, in both cases.

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!