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View Diary: Shoot someone? Not Smith & Wesson's fault. Copy a movie? Grokster's fault. (22 comments)

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  •  I use file sharing a lot (none)
    and I don't download movies. I have a netflix subscription. The problem is how do you let hollywood enforce thier content control without infringing on a average file sharing user's right to privacy?
    •  definitely an important issue (none)
      they will have an issue.

      it's an invasion of privacy if i send you my IP address and you set up an FTP download of my ripped copy of the movie blue velvet.

      i generally agree with that.

      but if i log into grokster and then 10s of thousands of folks can download my copy of blue velvet, i really think that's a legit issue.  

      it would be like saying.....  ok, i just created 100 copies of "how to dismantle an atomic bomb." and then sold them in my used record store.  if i did that i don't think it would be an invasion of my privacy to shut me down.

      grokster is making money off of advertising based on a service that does depend on hits -- and downloads -- to their site.  it's business.

      •  Ah, well... (none)
        Making money off it is a diffrent matter.

        I use a free open-source adless file sharing program, so that didn't occur to me.
        It seems to me that hollywood's problem is putting the genie back in the bottle at this point. Even if they managed to shut down all the file sharing programs out there, I could still (theoretically) rent whatever I wanted from netflix, make an illegal copy, and mail the original back. What I think they should do is lower the ticket prices a little. I think most people, given the choice, would rather go to the movies or a video store than spend however many days downloading a movie and playing it on thier computer.
        (Making better movies wouldn't hurt either...)

        •  definitely (none)
          and as far as music is concerned, packaging counts for something.

          not that larry mullen jr.'s poetry is worth poop, but having the cd package of "how to dismantle an atomic bomb" is important to me...

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