[opendtv] Re: Philips' invention blocks DVRs, set-tops from skipping TV ads

  • From: "Allen Le Roy Limberg" <allimberg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 20:15:38 -0400

If you buy an original painting, unless you buy the copyright as well, you
cannot reproduce the painting -- e.g. by photocopying it.  Banks who want a
pretty calendar to give to their customers often make this mistake.

Al Limberg


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:21 AM
Subject: [opendtv] Re: Philips' invention blocks DVRs, set-tops from
skipping TV ads


> Jeroen Stessen wrote:
>
> > Judging from the angry reactions, it is already
> > backfiring.  :-( But that is to be expected. ANY
> > measures for content management are not going to
> > be appreciated by the public, who want everything
> > to be free. I suppose that deep in our heart we
> > are all communists ?
>
> :) Thanks for the morning levity, Jeroen.
>
> I have no problem at all with protecting content, however. I have no
> objections with the notion that the guy writing a book, or painting on
> canvas, or making a movie, or writing computer code, should be given the
> same privileges as the guy building a boat or sculpting a statue. The
> idea that somehow you're given certain rights to your creation as a
> sculptor but not as a painter (for example) seems ridiculous. So I don't
> think I qualify as any sort of commie.
>
> But on the other hand, once I've bought, or legally obtained, that art,
> I reserve the right to hang it wherever I please, to look at it or not
> look at it, or to skip over it as I focus on other objects in the room.
>
> What's obnoxious about this invention is not that it attempts to protect
> intellectual property, but that it does so by having outsiders intrude
> into my home and control my own possessions.
>
> If ads are well done, people will watch on their own accord. If ads are
> repetitive and uninspired, I should not have a broadcaster and a CE
> company collude to control the object I bought with my money, in an
> attempt to force me to view and uninspired ad.
>
> But I do understand your point about getting the patent on something
> someone else might want to build. Unfortunately, it's a little bit like
> human cloning. One might find this to be morally offensive, but if we
> don't so it, someone else will. The question is, do we find it offensive
> enough that we'll agree to let someone else do it, as long as it's not
> us?
>
> Bert
>
>
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