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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 30 May 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: Mike Dean
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Sony

Yeah, well its obvious who's side Mr Glading is on, and its
not the consumer.

Sony.com are using the well known 10 year old "Fair Use"
rights they have in the US of A that guarantees under the
law the right to "Space Shift" music in this way. (They
also want to cripple your computer hardware and butcher CDs
too, so they CAN'T be copied - but that's another story).
There are discussions being held here now by the relevant
Ministries about whether we should introduce the same laws
here. 'Bout time!

Anyway, the record companies think we're all pirates and Mr
Glading would be hard put to even admit the US Fair Use
statutes exist, let alone acknowledge the chance we could
get the same laws here too! After all, if you're silly
enough to want to listen to music you already paid for in
the car, you'll have to pay for it again won't you!

From: anonymous
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Sony MD Advertising

Not only do they have a web site promoting downloading CD's
to Minidisk players, last night I saw a 20 second TV
advertisment for the same thing (TV 2 at about 8ish from
memory).  Kind of strange Sony spending up big on prime
time TV advertising to promote the very illegal activity
that at the same time they are also trying to stop....

Maybe they have a cunning grand plan to make money by
selling you the gear to do copying, and then make more
money turning around and suing you for doing it.......

From: Camryn Brown
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Home Entertainment Centre

I'd be happy to come by and help you assess the quality of
entertainment provided by your new centre at any time...
but especially during any major sporting events.

From: Paul Warner
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Sony

If memory serves me correctly . Didn't Sony buy out
Columbia Records when they bought out the Minidisk because
no one would allow them to copy their content to the new

I guess soon if Sony has it's way marker pens will be band
in NZ.

From: Anon
For : The Editor (not for publication)
Subj: Sony

Exactly how does Sony expect to stop someone plugging their
Stereo into Line-In in the back of a PC and recording the
'Protected' CD straight into Music Match/Media Player as an
MP3 file. Heck you can even use something like Audacity to
break the whole album up into its individual tracks. Will
they just pressure  sound card makers into not installing a
Line-In on their products?

From: Donald Mackie
For : Right Of Reply (for publication)
Subj: Copy copy copy

Twenty years ago, hard to believe, Bow Wow Wow
released "C30, C60, C90." On the RCA record label. I
assume the recording company was happy with the
lyrics which encouraged copying of the music on an
older format.

From: Patrick Cain
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: TiVo

Talking of TiVo, there's been a bit of a fuss in the UK
over the past couple of days - apparently the TiVo listings
providers can force your TiVo to record programmes without
your permission.

TiVo and the BBC did this with a new programme 'Dossa and
Joe' (written by the woman who wrote the series 'The Royale
Family'). Unfortunately it's full of swear words and lots
of children ended up seeing it resulting in irate parents
and people irate that it was recorded without their
permission. See:


From: Rolly White
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Count me in

If you can produce a box that works like a Tivo and includes a CD/DVD
player and burner then I'd buy one in a flash.  With cheap VHS tapes
costing $3 a pop, being able to record to hard disk and then on to
CDR would save me a fortune.

If you include all the functions that were mentioned in your article
then such a box would replace about $2,500 worth of consumer electronics but
would have some unmatchable features.

I want one now!

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