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  1. Matt Perkins

    FS : STR-DA4ES Sony ES

    Is this still available? I'm sorta on the fence whether I want this or the 2ES.
  2. Matt Perkins

    Classic films to be released in fake 3D! Blasphemy!!!

    Ya know, I hate to be the devil's advocate but ... what's the problem? Honestly, I think it's kind of cool. Sure, in a purist sense it's totally ridiculous (akin to colorizing), but let's face it: not everyone it a purist. Frankly, if someone released The Empire Strikes Back in 3D, I think I...
  3. Matt Perkins

    One man's fight to save Public Domain

    I'll bite. In what way are the "needs" different? Ooo, ooo! Can I answer for Damin? "Because copyright owners in 2002 are gigantic multinational corporations with lots of campaign money, and in 1902 or 1802 they were just slobby little artists." :) Something like that, maybe?
  4. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    Hey again, Damin -- sure, legally okay by copyright, excepting 1201 of course, although what the judge thinks and in which orifice his head is buried are yet to be known. :) But DGA's all about the Lanham Act (of which I know nothing, and I'm glad that you seem to understand it!). And under...
  5. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    No, no, no ... not sampling for a recording. Sampling like I described above: modifying a playback live, during a public performance. Like, adding a techno loop, or increasing the playback speed. (Maybe "sampling" isn't the right word; I used it because that's the word you used.) I'm...
  6. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    Right, right ... I understand, you're paying the public performance license. But in "sampling," you modify the underlying work. Is that privilege explicitly granted in the license? If it isn't, I think that composers/artists would have a "mutilation of art" argument against DJ sampling -- the...
  7. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    Jeff, thanks for the response! A - I've seen some custom filters that do this very well. Made from some engineering program the name of which I can't remember ... do you think that, if the filtering got really good, it should be banned? B - Is this actually true? I've heard of a public...
  8. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    Copyright, schmopyright. Here's what I find really troubling about the DGA's position: For a moment, forget about the "cleaned-up" versions that are causing such a ruckus. Think of this in terms of music: what would we be saying if this was the music industry that was complaining? They would...
  9. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    My last paragraph explains why I (and Thomas, perhaps?) stick to our ground on this matter. You dismiss our motives, and perhaps that's because we haven't clearly articulated them -- so for that, I have to apologize. But, your quote above is what I'm talking about when I say, "you assert your...
  10. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    He he! Okay, you take it that way. Oh, all right, let me answer your point: Yes. Jeez, I should be charging you for this education ... :)
  11. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    You're attempting to make a semantic distinction where none exists. If fair use were only a defense, it could be repealed. In fact, fair use is something much more ... something so very fundamental to copyright that judges in the 19th/20th centuries had to pretend it was there, just to...
  12. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    ... allowing Clean Flicks, and any other entity, to create unauthorized edited versions of works they do not own the copyright for removes a portion of the incentive to create that copyright confers to artists. That's what I was looking for! That's the real meat & potatos of copyright, and...
  13. Matt Perkins

    Studios take action against "family friendly" editing facilities

    Yes, Damin, there are "many fine points of law" in the distinction between fairness and infringement. If there are 1,000 such points in that scope of copyright, then about six of them have actually been litigated and serve as guiding precedent. Functionally, that is no precedent at all. I...
  14. Matt Perkins

    Cleaned up versions on tape & DVD.. Is this legal?

    I quote Damin, responding to Thomas Newton:
  15. Matt Perkins

    Proposed digital copy protection legislation (MANY USEFUL LINKS)

    Well, here's a development I NEVER expected to see ... Harry Potter Released Unprotected OK, so there's no Macrovision on HP&TSS ... is there CSS?
  16. Matt Perkins

    Discussion on Rons review of Philips DVD recorder

    Hi there, I just wanted to toss this out, responding to this: 1.Can it record anamorphic, or convert things to anamorphic. Meaning can I make a letterbox VHS or LD I am recording for an archive copy an anamorphic version while recording? I dont think I can, but it would be cool nontheless...
  17. Matt Perkins

    Proposed digital copy protection legislation (MANY USEFUL LINKS)

    Studios Lose Court Skirmish; TV-Recorder Maker Doesn't Have to Collect Data on Viewers See Link Removed at Politech. Wow, this thread has kept going as controversies rise and fall! Thanks to the admins for leaving it here ...
  18. Matt Perkins

    Proposed digital copy protection legislation (MANY USEFUL LINKS)

    URGENT: EFF comments on [Broadcast Protection Discussion Group] co-chairs' report Please see Link Removed to read EFF's take on the BPDG's proposal. It's just about dead-on with my own concerns. And if you think it's a slanted, partisan diatribe, you're right. But unlike the MPAA's...
  19. Matt Perkins

    MS Access (97) Problem- Need help

    Just a thought, what's the "DefaultView" property of your form set to? If it's "Continuous," that would explain why a form displays one "page" for each source record. Maybe if you set it to "Single Form" the problem would go away.
  20. Matt Perkins

    CD copy-protection question

    Does this mean - that if you alter something that you own in order to simply play it in your computer, that you violate the DCMA? Yup. My guess: No. The technological measure does not "effectively control access". CD players can still play the discs. Nope. It sure does "effectively...
  21. Matt Perkins

    Proposed digital copy protection legislation (MANY USEFUL LINKS)

    Hello Steve -- FYI, Lessig is now at Stanford. (That article is from 1999.) That guy truly is ahead of his time. Bob -- sorry to come across as "nitpicking." But you must understand, any dialogue on copyright is going to begin with assumptions about the goal. Too often, the goal is...
  22. Matt Perkins

    Proposed digital copy protection legislation (MANY USEFUL LINKS)

    "The system of copyright is designed to assign fair market values to works. Copy protection enforces the exclusive right to copy and thus ensures that the value assignment feature of copyright works properly." Hello Bob -- I thought that copyright (in the U.S.) was designed to promote learning...
  23. Matt Perkins

    Proposed digital copy protection legislation (MANY USEFUL LINKS)

    Here's another take on the commercial-skipping issue, from FindLaw. :)
  24. Matt Perkins

    Glass tube hdtv vs. projection hdtv's. Is their a quality difference?

    Oh, NOW I see where the confusion was coming from! Todd was relying on Best Buy's terminology. It's a wonder that they were both labeled "television." (If indeed they were ... ) :)
  25. Matt Perkins

    Pre-order Evil Dead "Book/Dead" at Suncoast for $29.99

    At least, that's the price at my local store ... :)
  26. Matt Perkins

    Encryption, is it a big deal?

    While Allan is of course right about the technical capabilities of "HTDV" sets, I'm not so sure that's really what David's question was getting at ... David, I do get your friend's argument. In short, here's the deal: virtually all HDTVs available today have analog connections feeding them the...
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