I fear this digital rights battle will get worse before it gets better. But to be honest thats impossible to prosecute. I can sell it to him for a penny and he can sell it back to me for a penny. I can gift it to him for free and he can gift it to me for free. Its an impossible claim and making it waters down their valid claims.
But on the positive side I noticed that the Family Guy Star Wars DVD “Blue Horizon” is advertizing itself as a DVD that can be easily copied to your PC and your iPod for viewing. Thats a really cool feature that makes me much more likely to buy it just to support their open stance.
Eh, I can sort of see the rationale from their side. If you accept that software is licensed, then they have the right to make that license non-transferable. I’ve got MSDN licenses for a gazillion other products I’ll never use, but MS wouldn’t be very amused if I started lending them out to friends, when many of them are worth hundreds to thousands of dollars. I traded away that right in order to get a much better deal on them as a package.
It’s hard to argue that to a regular Joe Consumer, though. To them, they see that they can lend similar forms of copyable intellectual property around, like books and music, so what makes software so goddamn special?
It makes no sense whatsoever. If I have the ability to make illegal copies, I can make as many copies as I want for virtually no cost. So why would I lend them instead of giving them away or selling them?