I see you made an assumption as to which side I'd take in this dispute.
Without any evidence whatsoever. Typical.
Try breaking into my house and see how far you get :-).
All further responses cheerfully ignored.
I think capital punishment is too soft. A few years of anxiety while
appeals wind their way through the courts, then a few seconds of pain
(or not, since it's done "humanely" these days.) Not good enough
punishment for creeps like Manson. I think lifelong solitary, with every
effort made to prevent suicide, would be fair. And I mean _solitary_ -
no human contact of any kind ever again. If hands-on treatment is
required, knock 'em out with funny gas, deal with them, and let them
come to in their padded, solitary, 24-hour-lighted, soundproof cell.
As for Sirhan Sirhan, he was deranged psychotic. In my more paranoid
moods I suspect he was "managed" by those who wanted Robert Kennedy dead.
Well, most of them had no objections to treating humans as property
either, and slavery was defended on constitutional grounds for decades.
The beauty of the US Constitution is that most of it consists of
statements of principles, not rules.
Selling them was illegal because you copied them onto DVD. That meant
you had two copies. By selling either copy, you do exactly what you
admit would be not right. Otherwise, there wouldn't be a problem. The
DVd copies are "backups for personal use", which is still, it seems, OK
despite the DRM Act (there is some legal dubt aboutn this.) But if you
don't have the originals, then the DVDs aren't backups anymore. See?
You MAY have one or two copies. [Yours, in your possession/ control]
One or both may be destroyed!. The problem is the copy NO LONGER IN YOUR
CONTROL, WHILE you still retain a copy.
That "Copy no longer in your control" whether by sale or gift, is Illegal.
As was mentioned earlier there are conflicting laws. One saying that
any modification of equipment (software) to make a copy is illegal and
another saying you can have a copy for backup.
I will pay attention to all this crap when they decide to replace (for
free) my 500 laser disks and continue to replace as they change formats,
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