My startup:

John Fenley pontifier at
Mon Sep 17 05:06:45 MDT 2012

I wanted to be sure I responded to a couple of things that you mentioned...

You can currently stream movies to smartphones. not just DVDs, but Blu-ray and VHS too.
And it is more convinient. I'm sure almost everyone has streamed a movie on Netflix that they have on disk somewhere in their home.

As far as EULA stuff, because everything is backed by physical media, there are no licensing restrictions.
The first sale doctrine limits the control the copyright holder has over what you can do with media you own.

I don't really feel like a monster but FIRE, BAD....Ahhhhh...

John Fenley

> Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:33:22 -0600
> Subject: Re: My startup:
> From: ryanbyrd at
> To: plug at
> > Why would ANYONE in their right mind pay you to lower the quality of
> > entertainment and make it slower to access?
> What a bunch of naysayers!
> Yes, he posted a spammy off-topic post and perhaps his business will fail
> and perhaps we should form a mob, chant "kill the beast" and chase him out
> of town.
> but maybe not.
> Maybe the point is that people have hordes of DVDs and it's less convenient
> to fumble through stacks of them then it would be to pull up a flick on
> your PC? Maybe it would be nice to be able to access your DVDs from your
> laptop when you're on the road (assuming you're not a techie, of course,
> and could do this yourself)? Maybe his company allows streaming to mobile
> devices, so you could watch your DVD on your smartphone (probably not, but
> let's give him the benefit of the doubt.)
> > Yes, it will fail, but not for the reasons you cite. Instead, it will
> fail for an entirely different reason: Physical entertainment media is
> dying.
> I agree physical media is dying, but there is surely money to be made
> during that demise. after all, some (read: old) people don't transition to
> new tech just because it exists. if rotary phones would still work on
> calling trees (IVRs), a ton of people would still have them (IMHO). plus,
> this digitization is a way of transitioning to the new-way-of-doing-things
> and, there is also the part where the end user can sell/lease/rent/whatever
> their digital library. I think that's a curious idea, particularly if such
> a marketplace isn't against the EULA, which it probably is.
> so... yes, the post was a bit uncouth, but I wouldn't throw out the
> business idea as horrible just yet.
> After all, there are worse business moves, such as shoe stores called "The
> Athlete's Foot" and sandwich stores called "Blimpies" and Windows ME.
> I digress. where are the torches? I'm in the mood to join in on an old
> fashioned, jostling throng of petulant townsfolk, hellbent on justice!
> vámonos!
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