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Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson's Death

No one cares! He was a pedophile and a jackass...

Corey Feldman: you're a washed up 80's child actor. No one cares what you think! Get a job!





Sunday, June 21, 2009

MPAA, RIAA, Software Groups, Torrents and Lawsuits

Ok.... my initial question is: Is it illegal for me to download a torrented copy of a title I own, which I legally purchased from a retailer?

For example, I own The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion... I bought it al Wal-Mart. I have the disc in my hand as I type this...


But typing with one hand is difficult, so I'm setting it aside....

Anyway, I own the game, but it is scratched to shit, and will not install. So I downloaded a torrented copy. Have I broken any laws? I personally do not see how I could have broken any laws. The law gives me the ability to keep a backup copy in case of disc failure. So this is my backup copy. I've given them my $50, and they've given me the rights to own, install, and play the game....

That being said, the real question behind my post is that when someone gets served court papers for downloading torrents, it always spells out the specific titles. Why then, do these people not go out and purchase the titles (if they do not already own them) and claim fair use as a defense. I would think if you sent an correspondence to the MPAA, RIAA, or software company, with a scan of the store bought copy of the disc and explained that it was too scratched to be read, they would have no choice but to drop the suit.

Now I understand that those that SHARE files would not be covered by this, but I've read many news articles where people get sued, and LOSE for downloading torrents. I just think this would be a foolproof way to get the suit dropped. Sure it might cost you a couple hundred bucks if there are many titles.... but it's cheaper than a $50,000 fine....

Thursday, June 11, 2009

XM Radio and Fungus 53

Oh, how I love it when XM sends me solicitations to rejoin...

Because they always come with a postage paid envelope....

Here's my latest reply: