Rip The Ripper, Part 2: Digital Media Exchange 2008 and Beyond

Is your post's title copyrighted? ;)
"There is evidence that the darknet will continue to exist and provide low cost, high-quality service to a large group of consumers. This means that in many markets, the darknet will be a competitor to legal commerce. From the point of view of economic theory, this has profound implications for business strategy: for example, increased security (e.g. stronger DRM systems) may act as a disincentive to legal commerce. Consider an MP3 file sold on a web site: this costs money, but the purchased object is as useful as a version acquired from the darknet. However, a securely DRM-wrapped song is strictly less attractive: although the industry is striving for flexible licensing rules, customers will be restricted in their actions if the system is to provide meaningful security. This means that a vendor will probably make more money by selling unprotected objects than protected objects. In short, if you are competing with the darknet, you must compete on the darknet's own terms: that is convenience and low cost rather than additional security." -- http://www.bearcave.com/misl/misl_tech/msdrm/darknet.htm
I've viewed Part 1, and there's now a Part 2:
http://www.stealthisfilm.com/Part2/faq.php "...While they continue to command so much attention in the mainstream media, the 'battles' between old and new modes of distribution, between the pirate and the institution of copyright, seem to many of us already lost and won. We know who the victors are. Why then say any more? Because waves of repression continue to come: lawsuits are still levied against innocent people; arrests are still made on flimsy pretexts, in order to terrify and confuse; harsh laws are still enacted against filesharing, taking their place in the gradual erosion of our privacy and the bolstering of the surveillance state. All of this is intended to destroy or delay inexorable changes in what it means to create and exchange our creations. If STEAL THIS FILM II proves at all useful in bringing new people into the leagues of those now prepared to think 'after intellectual property', think creatively about the future of distribution, production and creativity, we have achieved our main goal."

"The film [Outfoxed] says this pervasive bias contradicts the channel's claim of being 'Fair and Balanced', and argues that Fox News has been engaging in what amounts to consumer fraud." -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outfoxed
We'll leave the fear-mongering to Fox, the RIAA, the MPAA, Don et al.. ;)
Related Links: http://www.updocfilms.com / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archive.org http://www.plos.org / http://www.eff.org / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_P2P http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darknet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friend-to-friend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripple_monetary_system http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deniable_encryption http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freenet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WASTE
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Did you watch that holiday movie that Secretia posted a while back?
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No, are you suggesting it's worth a watch? What was it again?
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Don't know you well enough to steer you to that one. I did watch it, and while I did find it had glaring mistakes in it, it was thought provoking in some ways...I'm still sifting through it's resonances...
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Michael Bulatovich wrote:

Well your mere mention of it seems like a bit of a steer. :)

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Some of the themes in your post are in the movie, and so on my mind lately s'all.
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It's obvious even basic fact and source checking was often ignored or not even performed. Never the less, I thought the movie was an excellent example of manipulation, itself and it's topics. Entertaining enough to be worth the price of admission.
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wrote in message news:

I'll concur with that. It's led me through a maze of subjects in what started out as a fact-checking exercise. Some of those relate to some things I was into 30 years ago, when I was last career-shifting, so it feels a bit deja vu.
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Ok guys, I just downloaded it-- Zeitgeist, right? For anyone else interested, it's available for free via the Vuze BT client(/site?) as a very fast download.
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It has every right and it's already there. Nature comes and goes as it pleases. And it feeds you, lodges you, reproduces you, and in the end, kills you... How about that for rights, ay? ;)

In that comment, I wasn't giving it credit-- quite the opposite.

You might need some kind of system to uphold/maintain your market system though... some kind of authority or government. And at the hands of business, there might form private kingdoms or corporate mono/oligo/polies to do their "tax-collecting" and various other dubious activities... Oh wait, I think we already have that.

I thought that we already agreed that not all governments are governments. Maybe we should call them something else.

Ok.
I doubt that being tracked is much of a concern at this point, but even so... And at any rate, the open source/libre music I have is enjoyed more than the commercial fare, which is dying out on my system. I've also started watching "libre" movies.

Oh well... Perhaps if you lived in a socialist state, you wouldn't have that kind of market-problem. ;)

I hear that there's corrective surgery for some of what creates the need for Depends in the first place. IOW, one may not have to walk around in a soiled undergarment.

To be fair, in a sense, I agree; but in another, I don't. It just depends. You can purchase and walk around in a soiled undergarment and call the problem 'managed', or actually go in and fix it. There may be less potential profit in that, though.
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