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Fool.com: Son of DIVX: DVD Copy Control

Jan 28, 2000, 00:01 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Landley)

"Every once in a while, a Fool just has to sit back and go, "Wow, that's really dumb." I shouldn't be surprised when dumb things come out of Hollywood. Robert Heinlein once wrote a morality tale about how an overly militaristic society can be a bad thing, and based on that, Hollywood came out with the campy action movie Starship Troopers (i.e., "Bevery Hills 90210 goes to war")."

"But then the DVD Copy Control Authority (a name straight out of a James Bond movie if you ask me) attempted to sue the ENTIRE INTERNET. It's like a class action lawsuit in reverse. Even for Hollywood, this has to set some kind of record for sheer bulk corporate idiocy. The mind boggles...."

"But attempting to use laws to prevent the natural commoditization of previously proprietary products and the resulting transition to a service-based industry... It's like prohibition in the 1920s. That's not going to work. It's not even a holding action, it's just... dumb."

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