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

Even if there was, I would feel neither ethically nor legally bound to abide by it.  It would be like Sears putting a restriction on buying a hammer - you can only use it to drive 8 penny nails but nothing else.  It's my hammer or equipment; if I want to use it as a door stop, that's my business.

What the content providers try to do is to say that you only own the physical medium, not any right to use the content.  They actually put that in the EUlAs and, sometimes, the packages.  We wouldn't let a book publisher get away with saying 'You own the paper, but not the right to read the words' (so far - See Richard Stallman's 'The Right to Read' http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.html ), but the IP industry is trying to do this because it's 'digital'. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Hartman [mailto:hartman@onetouch.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 12:17 PM
To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
Subject: RE: [dvd-discuss] Re: TurboTax for free? 

There was actually a discussion of the
satellite broadcast scenario quite a while
back.  You might want to check the archives.

IIRC the concept of trespass (their signals
are entering my property without my permission)
was even brought up.  No conclusion was reached
then ... IOW, the satellite scenario is still
subject to the same ambiguity as the TurboTax
scenario ... unless there is some agreement
that you enter into when you purchase the
satellite equipment saying "I will not use
this equipment to decode signals for which 
I have not legitimately aquired a decryption
key".  Having never purchased a satellite
system, I don't know if any such restrictions
are imposed at the point of sale.

-Richard M. Hartman

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Hosgood [mailto:steve@caederus.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 3:19 AM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Re: TurboTax for free? 
> > Legally the received CD is a gift given without 
> > consideration.
> Off-topic: is the electrical signal that comes from your 
> aerial or satellite
> dish considered to be a "gift"?
> --
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