4 posts • joined Monday 28th September 2009 06:29 GMT
Anyone ever read the EULA for video new cameras?
I came across this article yesterday (http://www.osnews.com/story/23236/Why_Our_Civilization_s_Video_Art_and_Culture_is_Threatened_by_the_MPEG-LA) via slashdot (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/05/02/1114235/The-MPEG-LAs-Lock-On-Culture?from=rss)
Short story, the EULA on all video recorders that use H.264, i.e. flip, ALL new cameras, states that they may be used for "personal use and non-commercial" purposes. That's fine if you're just using your flip to record your child taking their first steps, but what if you've bought the "professional" $8000 Canon XL-H1A to, for instance, record a low budget movie? Tough, it has the same EULA, get ready to give MPEG LA a hefty slice of anything you make.
Steve Jobs as Apples ecosystem is even more closed than Microsofts.
Don't forget these are US students, not British (or Irish or German)
a) They are not 'of legal age' to drink until they're nearly finished college and
b) they're middle class and law abiding
as a result, contrary to what you see on TV, most go to most parties sober.
look at ireland
Ireland has just decided to ditch all e-voting, after buying the machines at a cost of 20-30 million, and then storing them at a further cost of 10-20 million for 10 years.
Could someone please learn something from that disaster!!
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