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Happy New Year

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 5:47 am
by dickinsd
Well it's been ages since I've stopped by here, unfortunately I don't have a linux machine at the moment - long story - but I'm getting myself a new macbook this quarter (I hope) and I'll give half the HDD to the Linux cause.

Anyway Happy New Year.

I hope 2007 is a good year for each of you.

All the best for 2007


Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:56 am
by Calum
yes, happy new year to everybody indeed.

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:18 pm
by JoeDude
What they said.

Same to you

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:06 am
by kovax
Happy New Year to all!!!!

2007 will be better for us all.

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:58 am
by Jenda
Happy new years!

The year 2007 is the year when freedom loses to copyright, once again, in the Czech Republic. Since 01/01/2007, we have to pay fees for the following merchandise to the OSA (Think 'Czech RIAA').

Printers: Up to $300 (depending on price of printer, a $300 printer will net about $10 fee)
Xerox machines: Up to $600
Magnetic media: $0.10 audio, $0.20 video
Optical media: $0.02 - $0.25 (A CD is 2¢, a DVD-RW-DL is 25¢)
Flash memory/mem cards: $0.30 per 512 MB
Hard drives: $0.50 per 40 GB
Devices capable of recording any media, including TV tuners that can record: 3% of the purchasing price.
For some reason, this excludes Blu-Ray and HD-DVD... perhaps they didn't notice?

I'll get back to this once I read more on their 'reasoning'.

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:09 pm
by Jenda
It seems that at the same time, they increased the user's fair use rights, as in domestic copying. So I might've been a little too quick in my conclusions - they simply canceled restrictions they couldn't manage and created new, global ones, that they can.
I still disagree, but I guess i can admit it's a legitimate move.

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:11 pm
by Void Main
How exactly do copyrights come into play here? Who gets the money? Everything I write is copyrighted and some if it has just landed on your hard drive. Where's my check? Since you are now paying some form of royalty does that mean you can now just ignore anyone's copyright and download anything you want any way you please because you have already payed them through this royalty?