"Media firms seem to delete in"
I noticed the same typo. It is still there in the rss feed :-)
Our RSS feed isn't updated on every minor change (since otherwise people would see tons of "new" articles when all we've done is fixed a typo or changed an infelicitous phrasing).
So we have to explicitly tell the system that an article has a significant enough update to warrant changing the feed and resetting the article to "unread" in many thousands of newsreaders.
Actually, not! The feed is updated on every change, but we're pushing out through Feedburner, which has its own refresh schedule that can delay updates unless we force it.
We've messed around with this to fix it. There's a direct link for each cartoon, and we removed the embedded one for the Brads for now.
I rip every DVD I buy and watch it from HDD. Sometimes if ripping gets too tricky I download a *pirated* version and use this instead. I think companies that sell films may actually have this perverse enjoyment slapping us around. Actually this seems to be true for some other big business enterprises.
I've sent the links for the ebook cartoon and the 2009 TidBITS article to the local library where I worked until I retired 2 years ago.
Has anyone ever actually seen the text of the Interpol declaration that they cite at the beginning of every DVD? I tried to find it but never had any luck.
My antennae also prick up when I read the date (late 70s), which given that home VCRs weren't widely available until about five years later seems awfully far-sighted.
The cartoon, though, really does sum up the industry's approach to a T!
Read the Interpol warning carefully. The French version is distinctly different from the English, explicitly allowing for "copying for the strictly private use of the copier."
"Fair use" provisions only apply in French speaking countries?
French law explicitly allows for copies to be made for their own use by the owner of the DVD/CD in question.
I was referring to the fact that the Interpol resolution is dated September 1977, which predates home VCRs by about five years in Europe. Surely there can't have been enough piracy in 1977 to warrant such concern, can there?
Here in Australia the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deemed that region coding was illegal, and so every cheap DVD player ships with a firmware update to make the player region free.
However a several thousand dollar Mac is still limited to 5 region changes then you're stuck for the rest of its life. Apple really needs to fix this.
The FBI warning spoof from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is hilarious; I don't know offhand if it's available on the Web, but it's certainly on the DVD from Netflix.
I think the term "piracy" is inappropriate in this context. To my mind, "piracy" implies counterfeiting someone else's property for the end of making money without renumerating the original owner. In my case, I resorted to downloading movies from dubious sources, simply because I wanted to protect my child and her friends from the ruthless advertising that often comes with rental or bought DVDs. I shan't name the movies but I was shocked to the bone at the advertising material included in these DVDs those DVDs, nevermind the legal blurb that usually follows the movies. And yep, the torrent world helps me out, I download the movie, convert it to dv, edit it in iMovie and cut it to DVD with iDVD. The quality is never on a par with the original but so far, none of the children have complained. They're happy to have the movie without ads for candies and barbies.