Monday, February 19, 2007
Watch Out! Your Electronics Store Is Lying To You!
Let me clarify the post below. WATCH OUT! If you're buying a recordable CD player or a recordable DVD player, or a DVD player with a recordable hard-drive or a Tivo-like device or any combination of those devices that you expect to work as advertised with your digital cable, your satellite system, your computer and so on -- well don't. More and more, all these devices are built to NOT work in the typical way you would expect and with the channels or devices you want. You CAN'T make copies of some shows on digital radio and play them on your iPod-like device. You CAN'T record movies off Turner Classic Movies, even though that's what you bought the device for and Congress explicitly said you have that legal right. You CAN'T switch media you bought and own easily from your computer to your TV to your phone or your iPod and so on. You CAN'T make duplicate copies of your movies and shows to keep in your car for long trips with the kids or on your boat or your summer house or just downstairs in the den. You can't do all sorts of things that you and other law-abiding citizens should be able to do and have nothing to do with piracy. And the reason is a web of collusion between manufacturers of those devices and the media conglomerates behind movies, tv shows and music. And this problem is only going to get worse.