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  1. This reminds me of a situation I encountered on audible.com. I was regularly purchasing audiobooks from Terry Pratchett's Disk World series, because I couldn't find them other places I get audiobooks. Suddenly all the Terry Pratchett audiobooks were gone. Eventually they came back, but with a long extra message at the beginning of each one "Terry Pratchett has asked us to remind you of the terms of audible.com you agreed to when you signed up ... " or words to that effect. Every time I hear this obnoxious message which includes a prohibition on sharing an audiobook it makes me less likely to want to buy any more Terry Pratchett even though I enjoy his writing.

    Comment by Gadget Man — April 25, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

  2. I tend to disagree with the use of the term "Benevolent Dictatorship" in this case. In the way of using Benevolent Dictator, in say, the Open Source world, the dictatorship serves to provide direction, but still does not restrict freedom. That's the benevolent dictatorship I'm familiar with.

    For that reason, I can't help but characterize what Apple is doing with the iPlatform to be nothing short of true dictatorship. No dictator believes their not doing the best for their people.

    Comment by Jeff Craig — April 26, 2010 @ 9:48 am

  3. [...] Protect your copyrights, boycott DRM-locked platforms [...]

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