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Consumer Responsibility (on Copyright)

Image hosting by PhotobucketIt is an articule on what consumers should do to keep greedy big corporations in check, and everyone should read it because I feel that our freedom is being stolen away little by little.  Then One day, we may wake up and find that our freedom and privacy are controlled by big corporations.  If their records or behaviors tell us anything, it will be that in they are not hesitated suing young children, the elderly, and single parent families, and that their greed has no end.  Also, I think if we let those corperations be unchecked, it will discourage creativities in song writing and slow down the advance of technology.


Consumer Responsibility

This is something that has bothered me for a long time, and in light of the recent goings on in the world of consumerism I feel compelled to write about my feelings. First off, most people need look no further than in the mirror to find who’s to blame for the current state of the market / consumer relationship and the state of the products and services available. Why? Because it is the consumer who has the power! If the consumer doesn’t spend their money on a product or service, said product or service won’t succeed. It’s basic supply and demand which anyone with a high school education should have learned. So, companies build inferior products or provide services that don’t quite live up to the consumers expectations. Whose fault is it that they persist? The consumers of course! Consider the recent announcement concerning Philips Electronics filing for a patent on technology that will prevent consumers from changing television channels while a commercial is being displayed. How is it the consumers’ fault that Philips was able to file such a patent? Because consumers have been having their rights slowly stolen from them for years, often times under the guise of acronyms that they hardly know the definition of let alone fully understand the consequences of, and likely assume to be a desirable feature rather than a loss of functionality or freedom.

Take DRM (Digital Rights Management) for example. Many portable media players and associated online media services tout DRM as if it were an important feature that consumers should look for and demand to be included in the products and services that they buy. The truth of the matter is that DRM is nothing more than an attempt to keep the consumer from having total control and freedom over the media related products and services that they pay for, often forcing consumers to purchase numerous copies of the same media just to use it on more than one specific device. Companies (yes they are companies, not organizations, they operate for profit whether they say they do or not) such as the RIAA and MPAA want you to believe that you aren’t buying the actual media, but rather a license to use it. Now they’ve taken it a step further in some cases, stating that the license should only cover using the licensed media in conjunction with one specific device.

Given the licensing and rights devolution of the last decade it should come as no surprise that a company like Philips, who has a tremendous history of licensing everything under the sun, would devise a patent for a technology that would force consumers to suffer through commercials and other forms of advertising (can you visualize TV pop-ups) while watching television, or pay a premium on top of what they already pay to have commercial free viewing or the ability to change channels during commercials. People are only now beginning to see just how dubious these companies are. Remember the Sony / BMG “rootkit” fiasco earlier this year? Of course from their point of view you have no true rights to the media that you use anyway. The way they see it you aren’t purchasing the actual media itself but rather a license to use it, and ever increasingly it’s a license to use it only in a particular form that they specify.

So when you’re busy complaining about how unfair it is that you can’t transfer the 99 cent song that you purchased from iTunes over to your home theater system or play it in your car without going through hoops (that may very well violate the Terms of Service that you blindly agreed to, and quite possible break the law as well), stop and remind yourself that it is you, the one who purchased that 99 cent DRM restricted garbage, that has the power to change things. Just because you can bypass the DRM on that iTunes download doesn’t mean that you should or that you should pay for such merchandise in the first place.

The only way that companies are going to stop stealing consumer freedoms is for consumers to quit paying them. They don’t care that you can bypass DRM, you’re still paying for DRM enabled devices and media plus once you do they have the RIAA and MPAA waiting in the wings looking for the opportunity to say “see, we told you so”. The same goes for new technologies such as the proposed new forced advertisement viewing system by Philips. If you think that consumers have no power over what companies impose on them via the products and services they produce just ask entertainment software maker Ubisoft how it feels about Starforce copyright protection. After a 5 million dollar class action lawsuit and consumers threatening to boycott the company they hastily decided to drop Starforce protection from all future products.

It’s time to take a stand and let companies know that consumers refuse to be forced in to anything. You, with the money in hand, you have the power and the voice. Without your money they have nothing, so speak up, and let them hear what you have to say.



17 responses to “Consumer Responsibility (on Copyright)

  1. KKai May 4, 2006 at 09:29

    Hi, dear, Katia:
    I am sorry.
    As you can see, recently I spend much less time on the internet, my msn space, and so others’ msn spaces.

  2. Joyce April 30, 2006 at 09:37

    what the heck!

  3. KKai April 30, 2006 at 08:37

    I would highly recommend you to take a ADD test …
    It seems that you have signs of ADD, so …
    It is a test for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder symptoms. Hopefully, you can find ADD and ADHD medication, treatment and professional help. :D

  4. Joyce April 30, 2006 at 08:22

    看不下去   噗..

  5. KKai April 28, 2006 at 02:42

    What do you want God to do for you?
    Remember He responds to those who ask by faith. :)
    Ask -> Believe -> Thank Him
    (So the Father may be glorified)

  6. KKai April 28, 2006 at 02:33

    >>你的其他網友或許一點不感興趣聖經話語. 只是你網誌議題給我個人有從聖經而來的看法.這樣會不會影響你的? 
    I think it is fine …
    Few will ever come across this MSN Space, and fewer will bother to read.
    What I don’t like is "copy-and-paste" the bible w/ no  reason of doing so.
    I personally think that every time someone quotes the bible, there are some questions that the person needs toanswer.  Questions like:
    What  does it mean to the person?
    What is the reason to bring it up?
    How does the person treat it?
    And what does the person see?
    The primary goal should probably to speak the knowledge of God.
    Again, others may disagree to my opinion on this, but it is my opinion.
    Feel free to disagree, aggree, and/or add your own ideas :)

  7. 紫色小茉莉 April 27, 2006 at 14:35

    ikkai  :

  8. 紫色小茉莉 April 27, 2006 at 04:51

    ikkai :是的!阿們!禱告真的是很有功效.

  9. 紫色小茉莉 April 26, 2006 at 22:46

    kkai  :
    對於你說的:"如果美國國會反對   神的"這議題,

  10. 紫色小茉莉 April 26, 2006 at 22:35

    ikkai :
    我就不寫"why?不要為那作惡的心懷不平,因為   神使他們掉落在沉淪之中."
    因為也許你原本只是希望藉此make a friend   議題是輕鬆有趣的.

  11. KKai April 26, 2006 at 11:30

    >>不必那作惡的心懷不平,因為   神使他們掉在沉淪之中.
    I never see this that way.
    Instead, it is what we can do to make things right.
    Am I going to sit around, do nothing, and hope everything will get better? Absolutely not.  I will certainly do everything I can to stop a bill from passing.  Will you not do the same?
    By the way, as concerning the bible reading, I think maybe I am a little different than other people because I am quite addicted to the bible and am thrilled about "every word that preceded out of the mouth of God". (Matt 4:4) There is nothing on earth that can compare to it. [Cough! Sorry, getting a little too excited by just talking about it … :D] We all have the same bible and the same God, but what we see, know, and come to understand is different.  That is the reason that I keep asking you about what you see and what you feel about the verses that shared on my MSN Space in hoping that I may learn some new things from you. :) Some may consider me being crazy; maybe so for I am, but I can care less. :P
    Now I am wondering where you learned Chinese. :P
    You seem to have perfected both English and Chinese. :D
    我是 …. 人類 XD
    As for the display image, I believe it is a salamander.
    So none the above? :P
    可能長得不正, 擠到骨頭和其他牙齒了. 有看過牙醫 and take X-ray images 嗎?  If yes, then I don’t have any other solution beside praying. :p Everytime when I have any physical illness the first thing that I will do is to pray earnestly.

  12. 紫色小茉莉 April 26, 2006 at 06:25

    ikkai :我住在美國.小時候住德州我家院子裏常出現蜥蝪.請問你是變色龍還是蜥蝪?那圖相是?

  13. E April 26, 2006 at 06:19

    Great and meaningful finding as always.Thanks :)I cherish input and suggestions especially from a good source such as you.Next time you have opinion, I would love to hear it.No need to run ;PTake care,♥ Kitty

  14. 紫色小茉莉 April 26, 2006 at 05:10

    ikkai :
    詩篇卷三(七十三篇).不必那作惡的心懷不平,因為   神使

  15. KKai April 25, 2006 at 23:06

    You know about this?
    Where do you live?
    Not in Taiwan?

  16. 紫色小茉莉 April 25, 2006 at 07:16


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