• http://babzen.livejournal.com A.P. Boysen

    I expect that soon enough we�ll have similar laws to protect the patents on plants that are abounding. If by chance my corn genes mix with your corn genes, or, heaven forbid, you�re the native of some small country I stole the genes from, I�ll sue you! Mwahahaha!

  • Jardinero1

    Do you think they might ban eyes. With eyes you can copy just about anything visual. Or maybe they will ban mouths. With mouths you can repeat just about anything. Maybe they will ban hands…

  • http://babzen.livejournal.com/ A.P. Boysen

    Somewhat off topic, but probably of interest to those interested in this:
    RealNetworks just developed software to translate music from their format into Apple�s proprietary format, so that those songs can be played on iPods. This has led to speculation (in the Wall Street Journal – see B5 of today�s issue) that RealNetworks may be in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits circumvention of copy-protection technologies. RealNetworks may have violated the law if it cracked Apple�s copy-protection software to figure it out, which seems likely, since it wasn�t licensed from Apple. This could be interesting to follow.

  • Kelly

    Regarding RealNetworks:

    Since when is adding DRM to content considered circumvention? Sounds more like wishful thinking by people who own Apple stock.

    It’s not very likely that Real wasted their time reverse engineering Apple’s DRM, since someone already did that over 6 months ago:

  • Tom Barger

    See the INDUCE Hearings in their entirety at this link:


  • Anonymous

    In a terse statement, Apple declared it was “stunned that RealNetworks has adopted the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod.” The Cupertino, Calif., personal-computer maker said it is “investigating the implications” of RealNetworks’ actions under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other laws. Apple also implied that it is likely to change its iPod software so that RealNetworks’ technology will no longer work with it. – WSJ