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Old 09-14-2004, 12:07 PM   #16
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While my intention wasn't to bash Sony, I think the right questions are being asked in this thread, and they are all right On-Topic. Bob raises some interesting scenarios that I have been thinking about for a long time as well.

Here's a small anecdotal example:

I bought MegaBowling and Billiards when I owned my Clie. MegaSoft2000, the developer, offers free lifetime upgrades. When I bought my Zodiac and sold my Clie, I tried to migrate these two games to my Zodiac, but I kept getting a "You need the Zodiac version" message (something along those lines). I contacted MegaSoft2000, and they told me I had to contact Tapwave, as they own the rights to the Zodiac optimized versions (and the only compatible versions) of those games. Tapwave told me I had to buy new versions of the games or take it up with MegaSoft2000.

In the end, I had to write a rather pointed email about their "free lifetime upgrade", and they conceded and sent me the Zodiac optimized versions for free. If it wasn't for the "free upgrade" policy that I have in my email receipt, I would have been out of luck.

I can see the same type of scenarios with ebook, movies, music, etc as Bob mentions. As consumers, this whole DRM and "fair use" direction the industry is heading is NOT good news.

Sony has just signaled with these two announcements that they are not just heading down that path, Sony will be the trailblazer.

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I too used to be a big Sony fan. Now I'll steer clear. I'm wondering if part of it has to do with differing attitudes in Japan and the US/Europe. Are Japanese consumers more at ease with the restrictive nature of Sony's products? And then once established in Japan they just carry over to the rest of the world?
Actually, in Japan, they don't have as much copy protection. They have CD rental stores, like our blockbusters. Minidisc's are huge there because they can make a copy of the CD they rented and return it, plus last I heard, most consumers there don't own computers, so MP3's aren't as prevelant as here in the US.
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