[opendtv] Re: Is 'Fair Use' in Peril?

  • From: "Kon Wilms" <kon@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 13:30:10 -0500

> Everyone will probably decide to politely overlook those with home 
> HTPC's that find ways to bypass the broadcast flag and implement pretty 
> much whatever they choose.

No, the security (and thus content) providers will scream the loudest
about these as proof that content is being ripped off everywhere, and
use them as a lynchpin to push more vendor services, restrictions, and
higher costs on to the content providers and ultimately the consumer --
just like they do with DVDs and CDs now. There is an entire industry
that depends on the content being ripped off (the 'mop up' shops who
monitor content on P2P2 networks for huge sums of money with little
expertees). Without fear, no-one would use security systems. The whole
business model centers around this. It doesn't matter if HTPC users are
0.01% of the market...


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