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Re: [dvd-discuss] LA Times Article about Replay TV lawsuits
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- Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] LA Times Article about Replay TV lawsuits
- From: Ole Craig <olc(at)cs.umass.edu>
- Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 09:09:40 -0500 (EST)
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On 02/12/02 at 13:45, 'twas brillig and Michael A Rolenz scrobe:
> But I think you've got the technology level too high.....it's not 50s
> technology...it's 19th century when publishing was typesetting by hand or
> motion pictures on 35mm film. Now they give away software more
> sophisticated than the publishing houses used 20 yrs ago and ditto for
> image processing. The ability to do these things has gotten distributed
> but those who thrived during the times when those activities had to be
> centralized are not adapting to the change.
Well, I was thinking specifically of television broadcasting.
Of course there are parallells in earlier forms of publication.
How's this for a cheesy analogy:
Mousetrap-maker to congresscritter: "I want a new law! I want a law
that says it's illegal for mice to use sticks -- any mice seen using a
stick should be arrested! And anyone providing sticks for mice should
be fined and arrested!"
Agribusinessman: "'Cause those mice have figured out a way to use
sticks to get the cheese out of the traps without getting trapped, and
we stand to lose a fortune to the dairy conglomerate that we buy
cheese from! And our production of catfood will fall off!"
Congresscritter: "Surely you could research an alternate mousetrap
Mousetrap-maker: "No, the mousetrapping industry has invested $bigbux
in developing and marketing this mousetrap. It's been working fine up
until now. The economy will suffer if we don't get this law; all that
money will have been wasted -- and all because these insufferable
cheese-pirates are able to acquire sticks and use them with no
Dairy conglomerate, agribusinessman, and mousetrap-maker: "By the way,
we contributed $bigbux to your campaign chest last year. We'd like to
do so again next year, but if our profit margins slip we may have to
reprioritize our budgets..."
Congresscritter: "There oughta be a law!"
"Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a lawyer to your
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