I think that it\'s unfair to keep the discussion about copy protection in a thread about Nick\'s specific library, so I\'m picking up on a suggestion and starting a new one here.
I\'d like to state a few things that I think are important considerations.
TASCAM has a professional vendor relationship with GigaStudio users. We pay for the software, they supply it and support it.
I believe any inclusion of copy protection for sampleware WITHIN the GigaStudio application operates against the best interest of GigaStudio users, effectively eliminating their choice to use other tools which may be appropriate for certain tasks. Bad Karma.
I urge anyone who agrees with me on this issue to write to the product manager for GigaStudio, Mike McRoberts at this address:
Make it known that you do not appreciate YOUR vendor taking actions which are not in YOUR best interest...with YOUR MONEY!! Make it known that sampleware producers are also OUR vendors, not theirs, and the rules of engagement on copy protection should be set as a relationship between end users and vendors...not as a cooperative effort between two different sets of OUR vendors trying to set the rules in OUR marketplace.
I\'d also suggest making the point that any sampleware vendor is perfectly free to develop whatever protection methodology he chooses, today, right now, without TASCAM\'s involvement.
And finally, as the title of this topic suggests, I believe TASCAM should come here and publicly present this and allow user input on the subject.
I cannot tell you how this burns me up on a deeply personal level. I have put hours and hours of my effort freely into promoting this technology. I have written articles for major publications, in an effort to build a client base and generate sales. I take it as a slap in the face that Tascam should implement any built-in protection scheme for third-party products within GigaStudio. It is a violation of the trust I have put into the company, and I am bitterly disappointed that this harebrained idea has made it this far.
It is my hope that you all will join me in opposing this loudly, strongly, and publicly. It is also my hope that Tascam will stop withholding information about these plans and respect the wishes of its user base.
We are the client here. No one must forget this. The customer is always right.
Please feel free to bring any points forward and use this thread to discuss copy protection without needlessly attaching it to any single developer\'s product. While I strongly urge developers to forego this idea, I am more upset that Tascam would so much as consider this level of intrusive and draconian protection...customer service is not at the heart of such a decision.
The issue here is violation of trust. Let\'s hear some other viewpoints, and hopefully some straight answers from Tascam.