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Pirates as a Marketplace 214

John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, made some revealing comments in an interview with Kotaku about how the company's attitudes are shifting with regard to software piracy. Quoting: "Some of the people buying this DLC are not people who bought the game in a new shrink-wrapped box. That could be seen as a dark cloud, a mass of gamers who play a game without contributing a penny to EA. But around that cloud Riccitiello identified a silver lining: 'There's a sizable pirate market and a sizable second sale market and we want to try to generate revenue in that marketplace,' he said, pointing to DLC as a way to do it. The EA boss would prefer people bought their games, of course. 'I don't think anybody should pirate anything,' he said. 'I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do.' So encourage those pirates to pay for something, he figures. Riccitiello explained that EA's download services aren't perfect at distinguishing between used copies of games and pirated copies. As a result, he suggested, EA sells DLC to both communities of gamers. And that's how a pirate can turn into a paying customer."

Comment Re:No way... (Score 1) 361

Yeah, that's something I'd vote for, and am campaigning for...

I'd settle for some kind of sensible reform to bring "intellectual rights" back into some kind of sane bargain with society for a limited-term monopoly privilege, not a "property right" asserted to be both a natural entitlement and effectively perpetual. That's also, I believe, the normal kind of platform asserted by a typical "Pirate Party".

Given the current state of play, however, I've become an abolitionist outright, on the basis that would be preferable to what we have now. It makes me very angry that to all practical purposes almost the entire cultural heritage of the 20th century, new AND old, is locked away from use by me for creative purposes by effectively perpetual "intellectual property rights", where works produced before my birth will NEVER be out of copyright in my lifetime - it wasn't supposed to work like that, the next generation was SUPPOSED to be able to freely build on and develop from the creativity of the previous generation, and in their turn benefit from a LIMITED period of monopoly rights.

Copyright law isn't working, not for me, and not for many others. It's being overturned, de-facto, by the available technology and the widespread contempt for the unjust law; doubtful if it will be overturned de-jure as you describe, I'd have thought, though maybe in 50 years time this will all look bizarre to the society of that day, and people will be trying to imagine how anyone could ever think in terms of "intellectual property rights"...?

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Submission + - Linux.com | Joe Barr rips proprietary software ven

Graabein writes: On a slow newsday like today, this article should be good for a laugh: Joe Barr rips proprietary software vendor a new one. Quote: It seems to be a trend among some proprietary software vendors: attacking open source with lies. The latest appears in this week's Network World's Face-off, which features a slop-bucket full of self-serving hogwash by Ipswitch's Roger Greene entitled "Don't trust your network to open source." If ignorance were a crime, Greene would be swinging from the gallows. His pathetically malinformed drivel is enough to make even hardened PR flacks cringe with embarrassment. Greene's marketing agenda is based on what he claims are three myths about open source. Just for the fun of it, let's take a look at his claims."
Linux Business

Submission + - Conservatives Urge Fair Play With Open Source

Scott Ainslie Sutton writes: "According to Conservative MP for Tatton, George Osborne, Open Source Software isn't being given a fair chance. He has pledged that the Conservative Party will help create a level playing field for Open Source and allow it to mature alongside proprietory solutions. He himself is a Mozilla Firefox user, and a recent convertee at that; "Ever since I visited the Headquarters of Mozilla in Palo Alto I have become a user of its Open Source Firefox Web Browser. I am not alone. Almost 20 per cent of Online Europeans use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer." He also stated that Open Source software was not a given choice in the Government's Catalyst database, a list of approved IT suppliers and that he thinks Open Source software 'could save UK taxpayers over £600m a year.' More at source."

Submission + - Mandriva Linux guide updated for One 2007

squidsuk writes: "Mandriva in the news

Mandriva Club member Wim Coulier has updated his excellent in-depth home user's guide to choosing, installing and using Mandriva Linux. This comprehensive article goes into great detail on whether to choose Mandriva Linux, trying it out, preparing to install it, and using it once it's installed. If you're new to Mandriva Linux, or you want to introduce it to a first-time user, this guide will be a great help.

Last discussed on Slashdot for the 2006 article, now in a newly updated and revised version for Mandriva Linux One 2007."

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