[clug] RE: MakeTheMove Website Demo

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Sat Sep 9 09:01:50 GMT 2006

On 2006 Sep 07, at 9:52 PM, Mike Carden wrote:
> Okay. I accept that I may not have expressed myself clearly.
> My assertion is that if you need to pay someone for the tools required
> to make use of your data, then that someone has become a co-owner of
> your data. Without your money in their pocket, you cannot use your
> data.
> Is that more sensible?

Digital distribution is wonderful, but there is a catch that  
corporations don't want you to realize. Do you really own anything  
you buy?

> Or, for the sake of argument, let's imagine the worst case  
> scenario. Microsoft goes bankrupt overnight. The servers are gone,  
> the Gamertag is gone, Xbox Live is gone. You've still got your  
> games, though, right? Sure, but they are stuck on a proprietary  
> hard drive with no means of backup. The clock is ticking. When  
> they're gone, they're gone.

> When you buy a copy of Windows XP, or if it comes preinstalled on  
> your new computer, you don't own it. Microsoft makes this very  
> clear. The fine print says that only Microsoft owns your copy of  
> Windows. You only own a license which gives you permission to run  
> Windows on a single computer in your home. Well, when you buy an  
> Xbox 360 Arcade game, you're essentially buying a license to play  
> that game on one "Computer" at your home. You can move to another  
> unit if you need, but they clearly make certain that there is  
> always a line drawn between you and the game. If we were able to  
> back these games up in some form or fashion, perhaps we could claim  
> physical ownership, but that is not the case at all. We have been  
> told that we will always be able to reclaim the games in the future  
> if we should need to, but as I said above, to Microsoft this is a  
> current consumer privalige , not a consumer right. This line of  
> thought can apply to just about any corporation seeking to utilize  
> digital distribution at this point.

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