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Re: [dvd-discuss] Mobile phone cameras used for Digital shoplifting?

I would have thought that sending the photos via cell phone would increase
sales of the magazine, rather than decrease sales!

I wonder if there is any tangible evidence that this behavior really hurts
magazine sales, or if this is another case of "piracy" being
used as a means to blame the customer  for a failure to sell product. It seems
to me that there was a time
when something like this would have been  thought of as free advertising for
the magazine, rather than "piracy."  But
the unchecked rise of intellectual property law seems to have criminalized many
behaviors which otherwise resemble sharing.


Glendon Gross

"aicra@well.com" wrote:

> That is a little odd. Honestly, what is the "real" difference between
> calling your friend to meet you at the mall or store to see the magazine
> picture or taking a quick shot of it and sending it to someone to see what
> he/she thinks of a certain outfit or hairstyle.
> Aren't a lot of these magazines just one large advertisement anyways...
> So the product or style is advertised. The magazines are paid by
> advertisers. The system is still working, isn't it?
> However, without sales, they probably will not be able to "gauge" how well
> the system works, in the same way they have in the past. That might have an
> impact on whether advertisers decide to continue with their ads.
> The future of magazines (???):
> Maybe someday a proprietary device that the user connects using wireless
> and authentication to receive information secured through the magazine
> intranet. This way they could receive the most up-to-date information. The
> magazine could charge more and if people went for it, they could make money
> on the hardware end too. But that too will eventually be cracked to put
> pictures on cells, sites, etc...
> what if, the "free" internet news was one day, intentionally delayed to
> users, while the proprietary, paid information was up-to-the-minute. Ok,
> enough of my vivid imaginative, speculating.
> *** ignore your rights, they'll go away ***
> - marcia wilbur
> Original Message:
> -----------------
> From: Sham Gardner mail@risctaker.inka.de
> Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 13:24:32 +0200
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: [dvd-discuss] Mobile phone cameras used for "Digital shoplifting"?
> It gets ever more absurd...
> I just saw this article on BBC:
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3031716.stm
> If it were about people snapping copies of entire magazines I could
> understand, but individual photographs? That strikes my as quite ridiculous.
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