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Re: [dvd-discuss] Illegal tactics funded by Anti-piracy advocates
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- Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Illegal tactics funded by Anti-piracy advocates
- From: "D. C. Sessions" <dvd(at)lumbercartel.com>
- Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 19:49:04 -0700
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On Wednesday 07 May 2003 04:24, Glendon M. Gross wrote:
# Particularly interesting to me was the idea that the record companies
# are supporting software that sabatoges the internet connections of those
# choose to download software from peer-to-peer networks. I wonder if
# this will eventually lead to a test case in which a music label is sued
# for supporting software that results in costly corporate downtime. I
# once supported a client who told me that one minute of downtime would
# cost his firm $500,000,000. At that rate, causing downtime could be
# very expensive for the record companies who support software that can be
# proven to have caused some downtime.
The rationale for this is supposedly that "you can't get hurt if you
don't download priate files." Since the same blame-the-victim
approach would apply to viruses and worms, I have a hard
time believing that a jury would buy it.
So, never mind downloading on Company time, what happens
when one of these files gets added -- blind -- to an e-mail
sent to someone at work, from a country which has more
liberal laws about copyright? Can't blame the sender of
the file, who acted without malice or criminal intent. Can't
blame the recipient, who opened a message from a known
source. Can't blame Microsoft because it automatically
plays multimedia content in mail (EULA). And yet the
Company network was down for two hours.
A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
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