You know what pisses me off?

September 28th, 2007

There’a a whole generation of people who think “sharing” songs, cialis stuff stealing movies, and and “unlocking” iPhones is perfectly fine.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not on the side of the record companies. I believe in Fair Use. But that’s not what these kids are interested in. They want Free Use. They think they shouldn’t have to pay for any of their entertainment AND they don’t think they should have to view the ads that pay for much of their online content.

So why do they think people will keep on creating innovative content, software and hardware without being compensated for their efforts?

Sure, there are plenty of 20-somethings giving away “content” on YouTube for free. They can do that because mommy and daddy are paying for their food and clothing.

Stealing is stealing. And just because you can download a movie you didn’t buy, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do…for you or the people who created it.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. triticale  |  September 28th, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Unlocking a phone bought from a phone vendor does not equal free use. It simply allows you to choose who you pay for the privilege of using the phone. In most of the world, all GSM phones are sold unlocked; it is only in the US that they are tied to a service provider.

  • 2. Elliot  |  September 28th, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    “Unlocking a phone bought from a phone vendor does not equal free use.”

    I’ll give you that. It still doesn’t change my basic point. (Also, unlocking an iPhone IS illegal according to the Terms of Service you agree to when you buy it.)

  • 3. BobG  |  September 28th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    “Also, unlocking an iPhone IS illegal according to the Terms of Service you agree to when you buy it.”

    I don’t think it would be illegal as much as a breach of contract.

  • 4. Elliot  |  September 28th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Again, fair enough. But both will get you into court. ;)

  • 5. Nick  |  October 1st, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Technically it is a breech of contract, and from a strict rights point of view, if you wanted to do something with the iPhone that’s against the TOS, then you shouldn’t have bought one.

    The lack of programmability and customization is why I refused to buy one myself. I don’t want to have to hack something to get it to do what I want.

    However, I’m sick of companies trying to control how we use what we buy from them. You make a product, I use it. This is the corporate version of the nanny state.

    Imagine if GM put in it’s TOS that you could buy one of their cars, but that driving it on gravel roads and driveways was against the TOS?

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