Media Piracy... the 'Null' War
by William Nett
Software, music, or video, people have been pirating programs and
multimedia since it's inception. Whether it was back in the 80's
use of programs like the Commodore 'Fast-Hackem' or someone holding
microphone up to their 9 volt FM receiver to record a song (or
cassette in the 70's. Once something is released in tangible or copy
format, rest assured, "It will get copied."
The recording industry, motion picture industry, and software makers
have to understand... the more expensive you make your products the
people are inclined to purchase them, and the more inclined people
copy them. If I spend $18.00 on a $.50 music CD, you can bet I'm
it for my own archive purposes... "What if my CD gets
scratched?" There is
a definite correlation between media prices and piracy. Piracy has
going on for more than three decades, and no one has yet to be successful
in stopping it.
Truth be it known however, people really do want to be honest. They
their official copy of their favorite movie, album, or software, and
take more pride in displaying their official covers and boxes rather
lowering their voices to admit that, "it's pirated."
Media manufacturers claim that 'quality' and support is the number
reason to buy their product. I Ask you, how many people can actually
the difference between FM and CD quality? Anyone ever gotten
forward support from Microsoft? Some people are so eager to see a
that they're willing to watch a 'screener' (someone in a theater
camcorder) copy of a movie rather than to pay the movie theatres 12
for a ticket and a large popcorn. And software pirates? Considering
costs of software, the wages of IT personnel, with the comprehension
their supervisors know, combined with the availability and price of
CD's... well, it's just cheaper and easier to copy it with the
patches at work with a dumb burner. So we're back at the 80's.
Media makers want to 'sniff' or 'peek' into users computers to find
media. Excuse me for being blatant, but that's a violation of 4th
"the bill of rights," How do they know if the media I have
purchased? (They want the ability to look into my computer, but not
receipt drawer) They furthermore want to disable user's computers
suspected pirated media... um' again a violation of my rights,
"Maybe I want
to make my media available to myself when at remote locations?"
clearly states that any media I purchase is subject to being copied
own archive purposes. Given that information, I can ask a co-worker
an offsite copy of my media in case of a disaster... all fortune 500
companies do this for disaster recovery. As long as a chain of
apparent with summarization of such custody. I am not responsible
they do with my media so long as they are capable of making my media
available to me in the event of a disaster.
Does a Police Officer have the right to look into your house or car
hunch or just because he's in the neighborhood? No... he/she needs a
warrant, and to get that, they need probable cause. Probable cause
upon information origin, situational variables, history, and
either from observances or supporting reports/facts.
So, can piracy be stopped? The simple answer is NO. If it is enabled
software, it can be broken by software. Likewise, If I can hear or
I can copy it. I hoist no Jolly Roger, but think that companies that
go as far as to disable computers based upon suspicion with the lack of
the equivalent of convicting someone before they are found guilty by
of their peers. To the best of my knowledge... the Constitution