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Wednesday, December 21. 2011
The writing's on the (digital) wall
My feeling is that either SOPA (the House version) or Protect IP (the Senate version) will pass. More info here and here, and if you're looking for a specific reason why they're doing this — outside of the usual power, ignorance and control — check out who's #4 on this list.
Posted by Dr. Mercury in Politics at 09:00 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
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I've already written my congressman about this, maybe time to do it again. Issa has an alternate version (OPEN) and I think it helps to push that in opposition to SOPA.
Yeah, #3 is the big one here, but I expect #1 will reap rewards as well.
I can't believe they're still pushing this crap.
I agree, it's likely to pass in some form, but it's so ignorant.
Years ago, when I was at AOL (post merger), there was a very funny - but very serious - event which highlights the stupidity of this corporate behavior.
Harry Potter was being released, and fans around the world were creating their "Fan Sites" to highlight their love of the brand, the characters, the books, and looking forward to the movie series. AOL/TimeWarner did the "right thing" and sent Cease and Desist letters to every site they found, threatening legal activity if the copyright infringement didn't stop.
Since I worked in a department of AOL which was geared more toward the internet rather than that ridiculousness which was AOL originally, our entire group got together to discuss this situation.
Our view, and our recommendation (which carried no weight, but we felt it was necessary to share)? Adopt the fan sites and give the ones which were approved an "AOL/TimeWarner Certification", making each one part of a mini-network of the company itself. In other words, embrace the new media, don't alienate the creativity and ingenuity of young people (some of these sites were BETTER than Time Warner's).
Those letters by the lawyers amounted to nothing, as did subsequent ones for later movies. I believe, eventually, they stopped making threats. But it shows the shortsightedness of corporate hacks when a phase transition takes place in business.
The same is true in movies, TV and music. The idea that you have to make money from the release of music is basically a dying concept, but they are clutching at it despite the pressures holding them back. Embrace the change! There are plenty of ways to still make money off entertainment without worrying about 'piracy'.
I agree that true 'piracy' is wrong. China building fake Apple Stores is piracy at a ridiculous level which should be prevented and stopped. Me downloading music for my MP3 player, but is on an album I purchased many years ago, shouldn't be illegal. In fact, I don't think it is technically. I've seen several cases where 'pirates' were found not guilty when they showed they'd purchased CDs or albums of 'pirated goods'.
Even so, as someone once told me, "if I light a match and start a fire, and somebody lights a cigarette on that fire, and he shares that to light someone else's cigarette, is that fire mine to charge for? After all it was my idea and effort that started the fire, their cigarettes are all piggybacking on my fire." I realize there's a difference between intellectual property and fire. But there is a very subtle point to be made, and one which I am sure the politicians are incapable of understanding or managing well.
Check out Michele Boldrin on why intellectual property is wrongheaded from the start
Everything you learned about copyright is wrong.
If this bill is to pass it will have to have the GOP's fingerprints all over it.
Why would the GOP pass a bill designed to enrich Hollywood, one of their political adversaries? Huge givers to the dems, miserly to the GOP.
What about young adults? Banning online music/movies would be something that affects their daily lives. Would this inspire them to become more politically active, making this a hot button issue? Would this help teach young voters that Big Government and The Bureaucracy are the enemy and are to be feared? Would that not be good in the long run?
Who knows what the unintended consequences would be?
And finally, one wonders how many jobs would be killed under this bill?
One can only hope the Stupid Party comes to its senses. I am not holding my breath.
I look at it this way:
The GOP doesn't care who they fund, as long as it's a business. While actors and actresses deride the GOP, the corporations generally keep their mouth shut and funnel money (somehow) to the candidates of their choice. The actors and actresses are high profile, the suits who support the GOP are not.
The GOP also believes by 'helping' artists retain their money, these artists will believe the party is looking out for them and possibly shift voting loyalties. It's absurd, of course, because so many artists are self-indulgent and delusional people with idealistic thoughts to offset the tremendous guilt they have at their success (or idealism forged from the fires of not-so-much success that the government 'owes' them a living).
In the end, it's about power, and this isn't the specialty of a single party.
Apparently, the nerd corner of the web is already moving ('200,000 already using the add-on'):
Going to prove that nobody learns anything from history. Even when personal experience is at play.
How is the Recording Industry doing these days? Digital Millennium Copyright Act came out in 1998, whats the lead time period to implement, one year?, two? About 2000 the industry started its death spiral on CD album sales, a decline that is yet to stop. By some accounts, The music industry is down 64% from its peak.
Personally about 2000 I started to change my buying habits, first thing I noticed that some of my purchased CD albums wouldn't play properly on some of my equipment, the "copy protection software" that the industry put on the disk "for my protection", thanks, no really, thanks.
I began to pay a little more attention to what I was buying, some labels I stopped buying (cough, Sony, Cough!). A little research showed that at the time at cost $00.25 to stamp a audio disk, many times that to put it in a case with art, advertise it and ship it. At the store it cost from $15 to $25. The CD movie soundtrack would cost $20, the actual movie I could buy for $15. So my buying habits changed, my Saturday morning ritual was to hit Barnes and Noble, buying and reading several magazines in the cafe while sipping coffee and noshing on a pastry always included browsing through the Music department and picking up three or four CD's. Fifty to sixty bucks each weekend just for the CD's.
It made me sit down and rethink my habits and the money I was spending. Soon I was getting my coffee at Dunkin and stuck my nose into used music stores for the first time.
So, seriously, thanks music industry for making me think twice about the money I was giving you. Thanks. Again, I've read that the average American spent three times more on recorded music products ten years ago. Think that your friends can write a law that will make the good times roll again? Those idiots can't author a budget, damn near every law they create has unintended consequences that bite us on the ass. Don't. Hold. Your. Breath.
In the end it all comes down to money, I like to put my money into freedom, take the freedom away I stop spending money. And I will pay close attention to which politicians vote for restricting my freedom. My political contributions will follow that rule.
this guy is writing convincingly against the premise of SOPA:
Any relativity to this link...d'ya think?
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