The lighter side of EULAs, the RIAA, the DMCA, and CRAP

The lighter side of EULAs, the RIAA, the DMCA, and CRAP

Summary: So, there's no such thing as a lighter side to these scourges you say?  The RIAA can go shove it?

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So, there's no such thing as a lighter side to these scourges you say?  The RIAA can go shove it? Congress should can the DMCA (but not the way it canned spam)?  EULAs are traps and all that digital rights management  mumbo jumbo is a load of CRAP? Think again.  ZDNet reader Tim Youngard explains:

The Retail Industries Apparel Association (RIAA) has recently started issuing lawsuits to families who have been breaking the new Desperate Manufactures Clothing Act (DMCA).

Rowena Finklestien was one of the first to be sued by the RIAA for allowing her son Ollie to wear his Brother Billy's Pear Brand pants. "If my boys were identical twins I would be ok" a frustrated Rowena explained, "But since they're fraternal brothers they're telling me it's against the law!." Part two of the lawsuit concerns a neighbor having worn the pants as well. "One of the boys had torn his shorts and I gave him the pants so he wouldn’t go home to Lynnette (neighbor) like that" sighed Rowena.

Wiley Whitehead, spokesman for the RIAA, stated that by allowing her son Ollie and the neighbor boy to use Billy's pants she had violated the Cannot Reuse Apparel Policy (CRAP) as stated on the pants' REULA (rear end user's license agreement) tag. The lawsuit states, "Plaintiffs are informed and believe that Defendant, without the permission or consent of Plaintiffs, has used, and continues to use, one son's pants on her other son and to making the pant's available for distribution to others."

Think you can turn technology reality into humor?  Make me laugh and I'll post it here. 

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  • Judging from the lack of responses....

    ...I'd say most of us are too depressed to laugh about this issue.
    tic swayback
  • A better analogy...

    ...would have helped the humor. Pants can't be worn by more than one person simultaneously, and can't be copied ad infinitum and given out to others at no charge.

    Carl Rapson
    rapson
    • only partly

      Pants can't be copied, just passed on. But DRM files can't be copied (yeah right!) and can't be passed on either, so the analogy is dead on in some respects.
      shraven
    • pants cant be worn by 2 people at the same time?

      I guess you haven't been keeping up with some of the fashion
      trends in boys clothing for the last few (oh.. 7 or so) years. ;)

      <3 jnco's
      thatxbxtchxnicoll
    • a better analogy

      Hey I just got my copy of cloth burner II
      and my new clothmax auto sew master kit.
      It works great. I just scan the item of clothing I want to copy and burn off as many copies as I want
      Spin State
  • Lighten up

    I thought it was quite funny. It wasn't supposed to be literal. Maybe some people's imagination just isn't up to the challenge. Gave me a laugh, and my thanks...
    AmraLeo
    • Lighten Up

      To those that appreciated my sense of humor, many thanks. I'm glad to see most folks got a chuckle out of my satirical commentary. I'm sorry to see that some just didn't get. As with everything, humor is in the eye of the beholder.
      TYoungard
      • Same to you...

        These laws can get so ridiculous that even when a humorous post is posted, it can be hard to distinguish humorous posts from real news.

        Peace.
        BlazeEagle
    • Lighten Up

      To those that appreciated my sense of humor, many thanks. I'm glad to see most folks got a chuckle out of my satirical commentary. I'm sorry to see that some just didn't get it. As with everything, humor is in the eye of the beholder.

      (oops-edited)
      TYoungard