Thursday, September 28, 2006

What a ripoff!

Imagine this: You've subscribed to a (legal) video download service. To use it, you have to agree to let a running program send all sorts of data about you back to their company, including what you're doing with the videos. You can only watch your videos in the US on four "Authorized Devices." You can't sell them or make backup copies. All the rules are subject to change at the company's discretion. Agree to their end user license agreement (EULA) yet they can modify, suspend, or discontinue the service at any time without notice. If you violate the EULA, they have the right to delete all the videos you bought with no refund.

Today if you buy a DVD, you can lend it, show it on any player you want and then sell it. If you pay that same money to Amazon's Unbox service to download the film to your PC, you can only watch it on a selected few screens and only as long as Amazon still likes you.

Read about it here.

I think in the pic, Darlene clearly indicates what I think of that.........

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