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[#] Thu Sep 12 2002 11:01:29 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Heh, but the FED will never be overdrawn--they can print up all the funny money they want. ;-)

Only problem is someday they'll have printed up too much, eventually the ripple effects will catch up everywhere, and the Collapse will ensue ;)

[#] Thu Sep 12 2002 11:02:42 EDT from Bionic Slasher @ Uncensored

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Sure, Seth, the Federal Reserve is a private bank. One whose officials are appointed by the government and whose policies are our national economic privacy.
(Do you really believe that Alan Greenspan works for the private sector?)

I'm not opposed to a central bank --- we need a national fiscal policy, the kind that is impossible without, say, the Federal Reserve System. Which I'm certain Jefferson would have opposed.

[#] Sat May 29 2004 15:22:46 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Is this room still netted?

[#] Mon May 31 2004 08:24:06 EDT from Campagnolo @ MCM Groups

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un-copyrighted seed

[#] Fri Jun 04 2004 23:13:52 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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"Not content with asking for an arm and a leg from consumers and artists,
the music industry now wants your fingerprints, too. The RIAA is hoping that
a new breed of music player which requires biometric authentication will put
an end to file sharing..."

[#] Sat Jun 05 2004 09:13:20 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Thank god for analog......

[#] Sat Jun 05 2004 10:47:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Next thing you know, the RIAA is going to want to DRM everyone's eardrums so you simply can't hear music you didn't pay-per-listen for.

[#] Sat Jun 05 2004 17:14:10 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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That probably isn't a joke.

[#] Tue Jun 08 2004 13:06:09 EDT from Ygorl @ Uncensored

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Such draconian measures wouldn't be necessary if not for so many
people embracing thievery as a way of life. It's a vicious cycle, with
increasingly ridiculous crap introduced to stem the pervasive theft of
music, movies, and other content.

It sucks for those of us who play by the rules because in the end
we're the ones who have to foot the bill for all of the freeloaders and
megacorporations alike.

[#] Tue Jun 08 2004 21:14:56 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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At the end of the day, the issue that must be resolved is whether content theft is theft at all. It's not like a car, or a diamond ring.

DVD's and VHS tape sales exploded when they were priced reasonably.

CD's have done nothing but go up in price.....

[#] Tue Jun 08 2004 21:21:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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As has been said here before, the record company scumbags need to decide whether they're selling the content (in which case, users are entitled to media replacement and format upgrades at a REASONABLE price) or whether they're selling the prerecorded media as a product (in which case they have no right to restrict copying of the content therein).

Currently, they insist on having it both ways. Therefore the consumer/listener community is justified in simply ignoring them and redistributing the content however they please.

[#] Tue Jun 08 2004 21:31:27 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Actually, there is a concept in our legal system called jury nullification.
Jury's are not required to convict on the rule of law. They are allowed to decide whether the law is just as well.

Americans have overwhelming decided that content sharing is okay.

Personally, I think the porn industry has the right idea.

They don't care about content sharing as long as no one is making a profit from it. That is true theft.

[#] Wed Jun 09 2004 09:15:20 EDT from grey elf @ Uncensored

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Well the real question that begs the mind is this. WHY do they need to decide how they're selling it? What's to say they aren't selling it both ways. Is there a law, or something that states they can ONLY sell it a particular way? Or is this just an opinon?

[#] Wed Jun 09 2004 11:10:08 EDT from Heatsink @ The Heatsink BBS

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Actually, there is a concept in our legal system called jury
nullification. Jury's are not required to convict on the rule of law.

Interesting. I'm Canadian and I'm interested in whether we have that concept as well. I'm going to look into that.

[#] Wed Jun 09 2004 11:18:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's a broken business model. If it weren't, they wouldn't have to buy more and more draconian legislation to keep it going.

[#] Wed Jun 09 2004 11:26:03 EDT from grey elf @ Uncensored

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Ah, so you're saying you think it's a broken model, so they should stop.

Makes sense.

[#] Wed Jun 09 2004 11:28:54 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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They should certainly consider some other business model.

[#] Wed Jun 09 2004 11:31:03 EDT from grey elf @ Uncensored

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[#] Wed Jun 09 2004 11:31:11 EDT from grey elf @ Uncensored

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Seems to be working for them so far.

[#] Wed Jun 09 2004 11:31:49 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Not really... if their numbers are any indication of success.

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