I saw this thanks to the wonderful Pixel Bits blog and I must say, I am uncomfortable t how accurately this portrays the problem. There are a number of problems with all so-called ‘legal’ downloading systems, but the major one is: What happens when technology changes? Are you going to just give me all my stuff again?
This would be like Blue Ray and HD-DVD manufacturers replacing all our old defunct DVDs out of kindness, it’s simply not going to happen. This is one of the reasons I still buy hard copies of things, but this comes with it’s own problems with importing it into iTunes and onto my iPod.
Cory Doctorow has spoken on this subject (I think here) in relation to DVDs being decoded so that you can put them onto your portable device to watch on the train, plain, or in the garden if you so wish. While Cory talks more about the copyright side it still comes back to the fact that I’ve payed for this film/show/music, so I should be able to put it onto my portable device.
As long as you’re not selling it, over-sharing it or making any form of profit from doing either, there simply is no counter-argument, in my humble opinion. The only that happens when a company locks their content into one format is that a need for software to crack it is created. This is usually done by open-source and is generally available for free, all you have to do is hit up google.
These people don’t want to take down big business. They merely believe, as I do, that we should be able to transform the data we have purchased into other formats. Either that or it’s just for the crack…
Anyway, I find I must politely step off the soap-box and return to normality. The wonderful Stephen Fry (or @stephenfry – no really it is him!) has said you should never write inspired by anger, hence my leaving this draft to come back to for a day. However, I feel the time has not helped me cool off. Oh well, onward and upward.