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        In German we say Raubkopie which translates to “robbery copy”. It sounds metal but linguistically puts it right next to actual robbery which is kinda insane.

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              Raubmord is what we call a murder resulting from a busted/discovered robbery, essentially just escalating the consequences of the robbery further.

              What I think OP is getting at are the absolutely ridiculous penalties you get for “stealing” something that physically doesn’t exist in a way we can grasp and cannot be reported mssing once “stolen”. I’d probably guess you’d be easier off actually stealing a movie from a store selling blurays than downloading it and getting caught so the renaming OP did fits perfectly imo

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      Ah so if I go rent a Lamborghini for a day that means I own it and don’t have to give it back?

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        If you buy a Lamborghini and they have the ability to later decide you don’t actually own it and take it away, that’s the equivalent. I don’t know why you brought up renting. Renting was never mentioned.

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          If you knew anything about digital purchasing you’d understand why u brought it up.

          When you “buy” a digital tv show or movie you’re not actually buying it, you’re purchasing a license to use it, a license that can be revoked, for content that can be removed.

          I swear most people have no idea how digital ownership works. I expected more from people on here at least.

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            The equivalent would be that you pay a million for a Lambo which is just an indefinite license they can revoke at any time. Renting isn’t comparable at all.

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            We all know how it works. The problem is that’s the only way it works. With a car you can choose to rent. With modern things you “purchase” it, and it only works as long as they want. You do have some alternatives for some media, but for games that’s it. Even if you purchase a disk, the game only functions as long as they allow it.

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            I’m guessing you are extremely young as that is not how digital purchases have historically worked. The concept of “you bought a license to use it” hasn’t been around long. Before that, you would be given an access code to go to a publisher’s website like Disney and download a copy of the content you purchased. It wasn’t tied to any licensing server or authentication system past that point, you just had a digital copy of your purchase.

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              I think legally, rights holders have always been asshats. I remember something called a V-C-R and when media was on magnetic tapes… even back then, there were warnings at the beginning of films. That was back before there were stream content and you had to physical drive or walk to buildings that contained the videos and pay for a rental… and a lot of poeple would make their own copies.

              I think the big things that have changed is:

              • The DMCA (and I mean the bill, not the notices people get bc of the bill) made “fair use” - like recording a personal copy of a rented or broadcasted film/music/etc - a lot tricker, legally speaking
              • People moving to consume most of their “standard” tv content from “no”-cost (technically paid for by non-skippable non-targeted ads) public broadcast over radio waves and picked up via tv antenae just like radio stations but with video to cable-tv networks that were tightly controlled by greedy bastards. (hint: all of those greedy cable-tv bastards are mostly all the same guys trying to control streaming services today, they just moved from cable to internet).
              • The expanse of the itnernet + increase of world population / percent of the world thats connected means that one copy is spread a LOT more than when a guy made a copy from a video rental store
              • Most companies have gotten more aggressive about marking their territory and pissing legal warnings all over there content than in the old days

              That said, I hate big companies and even if it is morally untenable, I will still continue to pirate, bc fuck em. If I could download a car or a barrel of whiskey, I’d pirate those too. maybe someday we’ll get star trek-style replicators and i can finally download a car.

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                Yeah, I remember the days of renting VCR players and acting like we didn’t already own one so we could play on one and record off the other. I think a lot of this is due to the rise in Internet infrastructure. 15 years ago streaming services wouldn’t have been doable. There was no licensing, just files to download. You’d even get Digital Download codes in your DVD case when buying a movie, so you had multiple copies. Really sad how things are consolidating.

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                  There was no licensing, just files to download.

                  I think some kind of licensing was tehcnicall there, it was just easy to ignore back then bc they weren’t pushing it in our faces every second (like i remember warnings on beginning of movies even before 2000s). I kinda remember one of my friends getting music off amzaon a long time ago but for stuff like that i assume it was just a EULA that they could click once and be done with (no clue how it works present day). Maybe it depends on exactly what we’re talking about, but just saying I’m confident that greedy bastards would have some kind of legal something tied to it, even in 2000s before you could download. I just don’t care - don’t let em know you real info and fuck em 😀

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              I’m not “extremely young”, in fact I’m likely older than you. That is always how digital purchases have worked.

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        Depends, did you literally get the title and agree that you were purchasing it from the last owner before he decided a day later that you were renting it and took it all back?

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          You don’t get that from buying a license for a digital movie/tv show.

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            No no, the service has to have the license. It’s like you buy a lambo from “steve’s lambos,” but he then 2y later loses the rights to sell lambos, lambo pulls their license. So lambo comes and takes your car out of the garage because the guy who sold it to you no longer has the right to sell it, even though he did have that right at the time of the transaction.

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            It’s more like upfront paying a rented Lambo and the car dealer can order it back anytime without notice and reason. You know it’s rented although you paid a huge sum (often as high as a new Lambo) but it might have been the only way to get that specific model. You just hope they are a nice company and let you drive as long as possible. Also, you can’t resell it either ofc.

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                Doesn’t make it any better of a practice. If anything it just highlights what kind of trashcan company Ferrari avtually is

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        Oh, so if I do something that isn’t buying something do I still have a valid point to make?

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          With digital shows and movies -and games - you’re essentially buying a limited license that can be revoked at any time. This shouldn’t be news to anyone. You’re not actually buying ownership of the show/movie.

          Even physical media you’re just buying a license. That license has restrictions.

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        depends, when you’re done “stealing” it does the original owner still have it? you’re making the same mistake that this phrase was meant to address: that infinitely replicable goods aren’t the same as physical, exclusive goods.

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    I stopped supporting Sony when they took away access to games I purchased for my PSP. I will not purchase another Sony product until I can play Patapon on my PSP go without pirating it.

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      You can, the store is closed, you can still download games to it. It’s easier to just pirate them, however

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        I’ve tried, it didn’t work. I have since moved on to emulation where I get a better experience.

        Piracy is easy and so is not buying any of their new consoles. They don’t have any games anyway so I’m not missing out.

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          If you have a PSP Street then Sony gave you the proverbial middle finger since both Media Go (PC Software to download and manage digital PSP games), and transferring games from PS3 to PSP doesn’t work.

          But if you have a PSP that can connect to WiFi you absolutely can still download PSP games. You just need to

          1. connect your PSP to WiFi a challenge in it of itself

          2. generate a Password for your account since Sony requires 2fa and PSP doesn’t support 2fa. Its on your Sony Account settings somewhere from a browser.

          3. sign into your Sony account on your PSP

          4. goto account management

          5. select transaction management

          6. select downloads list

          7. select game you wanna download

          Lots of guides out there for extracting PSP ISO or PS1 ISO from digital games on YouTube. Definitely worth looking into to preserve your collection

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            Way more effort than it should be. I downloaded most of them from the compact disc romance website.

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              Tbh this is how you’d normally download it with one additional step to get a password once if you haven’t signed in.

              This is a portable from 2004

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          The umd is $5 or something. When the physical media is so cheap I don’t even bother pirating

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    Sony has always treated its customers like absolute trash from the get go. As a kid, I had a stereo that ended up dying. They weaselled out of the warranty. Flash forward to my Sony headphones where one ear died and they did the same. Forward again to my Ericsson phone whose screen died due to “water damage” (the markers were triggered by a friend who worked in their repair department said all phones on high humidity zones were always triggered because back then phones weren’t even dust proof). They sent it back refusing to fix it.

    Since then they have been on my embargo list. One of the worst companies for caring about their customers.

    🖕

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        Yeah another stellar case in point to show Sony would rather you eat glass than have to do anything for you.

        Let’s not forget the ridiculous court case against Geohotz for jail breaking the PS3. They pulled out every dirty tactic they could in that suit. Really showed their colours and how they actually “fight” in the court of law.

        Scum of the earth.

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          My last straw was when they killed OtherOS on the PS3, which was very much part of my purchasing decision. Sure, it was kneecapped from the start (Linux still ran under the hypervisor, could not use the GPU, and was only given 6 Cell cores), but it was there. At least I got a $60 check from the class action settlement!

          Bunch of cocksuckers. I have not purchased a Sony product since.

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              Basically. In Sony’s case, they were clearly afraid of homebrew games, but I still can’t imagine any other rationale than what you said for killing the feature, especially as neutered as it was. It definitely taught me a lesson about buying products that can’t be kill switched after purchase. The US Air Force even built a cluster of 1700 PS3s that relied on this feature. I’m sure they weren’t routable to the internet to get updates though.

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          Sony are one of the most anti consumer companies around, yet their diehard fans and the gaming media especially just give them a free pass. It’s disgusting.

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        The Sony minidisc players were decent hardware, but the app that loaded music onto the discs was completely garbage.

        It would set the bit rate down to sub 40kbps(so it looked like you had mp3 Cd levels of storage, and would move the original music files it “loaded” deep into %appdata% to try and hide the originals from you.

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        That was what got me to look into piracy. Bought a CD and was unable to copy it to my iPod. Fuck that

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      I remember my friends mom got an s3 and the water damage tag was triggered before they even left the store, they tried to exchange it for another one but it was triggered too.

      I’m still convinced that many of them were purposely triggered so they could deny warranty claims. It makes too much sense.(I know s series isn’t sony, I just mean most companies do this).

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        I don’t think it was on purpose, but who knows what their facilities are like. Maybe their phones are built in a literal sweat shop lol.

        In any case, it was a ridiculous thing to use to weasel their way out of a repair given how unreliable those markers are. I would definitely have taken as much evidence as possible and reported it to the consumer watchdog in your country.

        Again, 🖕Sony

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      Have to admit though, when it comes to quality equipment, they do take the cake. I’ve never had a Sony product break on me (except my walkman, but that was my fault 😂).

      But, to be honest, I’ve never consumed anything but audio and video equipment from them (receiver amplifiers and TVs). Things may be different in other departments, including their PS department.

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        I had a Sony Bluetooth MP3 player that accidentally got through a full washer and drier sequence.

        And worked out of the wash for another 3 years.

        Their software was garbage, but christ some of hardware was Nokia levels of tough.

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          Yeah, hardware wise they’re superb. Software wise… not so much… maybe that’s the reason why they fell so behind on broadcast equipment.

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        The ps1, PS2, and PS3 were all massively flawed hardware designs that broke en masse.

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          What do you mean by that? Hardware wise? Except for the optical media, I can’t really see any hardware flaws…

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            The PS had weak plastic laser eye rails. Prolonged use warped them causing laser/disc misalignment, so you would have to often play with the console up side down etc to try and adjust for it.

            The PS2 has the disc read error, lost multiple class action lawsuits over the design flaw.

            PS3 had the yellow light of death. Design/manufacturing flaw like the Xbox red ring of death.

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    Years ago when I still bought music from Apple my entire library disappeared. I could log in, but nothing was there. I didn’t bother with customer service, in an hour I had all my music back and it was mine.

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    Wasn’t it Sony that released an album that’d root your system? Bunch of criminals if you ask me.

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    In my opinion the wrong thing is getting the focus because legally Sony nor WB stole from anyone in the legal sense. I know it is unethical, but unfortunately that is not a winning argument in the business or legal worlds. The winning thing to do here is popularize the notion that “buying” from these services is not really buying and no one should do it. While at the same time popularizing the idea that any content tied to such a model is not worth consuming.

    By pirating it it is just proving there is some value in these products even with all of the BS the rights holders tie them down with. The message needs to be sent in a way executives and lawyers understand that when you make your product customer hostile to obtain legally you make that product effectively worthless and the customer will go elsewhere for their entertainment. Including DRM has to cost them more than they stand to lose from those that will pirate it anyway. Because money is all executives and lawyers understand.

    This would also effectively create a demand for smaller projects not tied down with all of that DRM shit that maybe some enterprising people would start to fill.

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    IMO Piracy is completely justified regardless…

    But that said, wouldn’t it be the content owner rather than Sony (who is a third party platform) who is to blame for justifying it in this particular case? (based on the iamge here which seems to imply that the content owner is the one pulling the content rather than sony itself).

    Dn’t get me wrong, not saying the situation is good. or that Sony is a good company. Only that they don’t appear to be the ones instigating this move unless I am missing some other info. FWIW, I lost all hope in the idea of a pro-consumer way of doign streaming content ages ago and have been flying the black flag for years so I guess this just doesnt seem like aynthing new to me. I willntt even consiedr paying for netflix, prime, disnet, hbo, hulu, or whateve else. Maybe if they stop being greedy fuckwits and come up with a something fair for consumers I’ll consider but until then, fuck the loto f them.

    edit: fixed a tpyo