Life is not read-only

A wonderful website recommendation submitted by Turtle:

http://www.lifesnotreadonly.net/

Life is not read-only.  They say it is piracy.

Downright stealing from other people, that’s what downloading is. You’re taking something for sale and not paying for it. Do you shoplift, or break into houses? Why should you download for free?

Making media is hard work: it cost three million dollars just to remaster, package, and advertise that latest compilation. How will artists make a living? How will real culture keep going?

Well.

Maybe you didn’t exactly take something from someone. Maybe you didn’t really discover that stuff on a shelf. Maybe you weren’t going to spend all that money on that “copy-protected” thing anyway.

And these things are sticky.

Music you can’t copy, films you can’t tape, files with restrictions, and collections that vanish when you swap the music player… Some companies even build phones and computers on which they are the ones who decide which programs you may run.
Things worsen when the law is changed to suit these practices: in several countries, it is illegal to circumvent such restrictions

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/content_protection.png

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