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Talkin' Smack: The Security ScamDigital rights and consumer wrongs
I suppose I can't blame Macrovision too much. If I could figure out a way to scam electronics manufacturers out of millions, I suppose I would too. (Macrovision raked in $23 million last quarter alone.) I use the word "scam" because there's actually nothing in Macrovision's technology that prevents actual piracy. See, if I felt like it, I could play my DVD through something like a FireWire bridge and into a digital or analog recorder. Or, for real volume, I could just duplicate the DVDs bit by bit and not worry about a thing. I'd have the original interactive menus and everything. Then I hook up with an outfit offshore and start taking orders....
Of course, I wouldn't advocate doing this, as I wouldn't want my stuff stolen either, but I'm using it as an example of how companies that offer security services leech upon the insecurities of others without actually providing solutions to problems?and actually cause problems in the process. It's the same with those companies that sell security systems to airports or alarm systems to elderly people who are too enfeebled to realize they'll be dead before the rent-a-cop shows up.
Scam, the whole lot of them. Scams against consumers and vendors alike.
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