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Re: [dvd-discuss] Postage Meters and the "Right to Tinker"

On Thu, Jan 09, 2003 at 01:52:17PM -0500, Dan Steinberg wrote:
> ummmmm sorry but I would have to strongly disagree with that one.
> by your reasoning...those dollar bills in your wallet are not valuable 
> in and of themselves. they too are merely tokens that prove...
> etc. etc. 

Euro bills in my case, but nevertheless, yes that's what they are.

> I can think of a few places where you can even pay for things...by 
> enclosing postage....some bills and some services...
> So I see very little difference between fake postage stamps and fake 
> money.  just slightly different specific laws in most countries.
> It doesnt work in my head....am I all alone on this one?

I completely agree. I'm just saying that the line should be drawn at the
point where obtaining goods and services by passing off fake tokens as real,
not at the point of manipulating a token generator that is your property.


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