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Re: "My dad is a pirate."

From: Linonut
Subject: Re: "My dad is a pirate."
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 12:50:20 -0500
User-agent: slrn/ (Debian)

* peremptorily fired off this memo:

> Minor point. The internet existed long before 1985 and there were
> good ways to do downloads ( legal or illegal)- that's what the binary
> USENET groups and BBS's were for. Tapes were readily available and
> copying a tape or copying a CD/DVD are exactly the same- just
> media is different- so same rules would apply. There was plenty of music
> to pirate- and plenty pirated- just not in electronic form, only
> physical media. theft is theft.

I used to record top 40 tunes off of AM radio when I was a kid, so I
could listen to them later.  Or sometimes modify them to make funny
tapes where my Dad would yell at me and the music would answer in a
funny way.  (I used to tape my Dad in the car, and "troll" him to get a
response that I would then tape-record.)

What kind of theft was that?

Understand that this is the last physical format there will ever be.
   -- Bill Gates, On Blu-ray. interview The Daily Princetonian (14 Oct 2005)

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