The intersection of convenience and security

Well, I just downloaded RealPlayer BETA. It is most cool. Now you can save any streamed video to your hard drive. Technically speaking, this is great, but one of the key advantages of using streaming technology is the degree of control maintained over material (i.e. it couldn’t be downloaded). I wonder what effect this will have on those using copyrighted material under the Fair Use umbrella?

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  1. Firefox had a plug in that does this for sites like YouTube and MySpace. I always wondered if they were going to get in trouble for that, but I never heard about that. I’ve used to save videos of obscure 80’s cartoons that I used to watch like The Mighty Orbots or Robotix. You never know when those are going to disappear :)

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