I don't understand how you can say that they're coming in an "having their way." It's not like they're logging into my server here at home and just downloading everything they want, when they want it. Stream rippers still can only have access to what we send them (ie: what we stream.) No rippers have direct access to our libraries.
there really isn't any way to ward off these rippers but we can most certainly come up with ways to make it harder for them to just break into our homes, take whatever they want, and walk away fat, dumb and happy.
How are they breaking into our homes? They have the exact same access as a listener would. They aren't taking whatever they want. Stop trying to turn this into some drama that it isn't. You're trying to make it sound as though someone came into your home, broke open a safe and took your most prized toys. No one has stolen anything... you still have ALL your music and all your files. And if you're doing radio properly, no one is walking away with a clean, perfect copy of your songs.
As for hobbies... who are we to judge what's a fulfilling hobby for someone and what they choose to spend on it? My neighbor loves skydiving.... she goes at least a couple times a month and pays thru the nose for it. I know stamp collectors that will pay hundreds for rare, unique stamps... I enjoy webcasting... and spend a good chunk of change monthly to do so. So who's the more foolish?
Andrew Cannon(SVS) Spacial Volunteer Support
WE DANCE AS ONE: A Celebration In Groove
All That Is GOOD In Dance Music from the
70's, 80's, 90's and Now... plus some of the
best DJs from around the world.http://www.wda1.com