Music Industry Copies Language Of Copyright Reformers In Pushing For Three Strikes

from the oh-come-on dept

It's really funny to watch the entertainment industry lobbyists use a popular trick among disingenuous debaters: it tries to flip the arguments being used towards themselves against their opponents. For example, we've seen copyright maximalists argue against those of us who question the need for gov't intervention in issues like copyright claim that copyright represents a true free market, and weakening copyright law is somehow unfair gov't meddling in the free market. The latest trick is particularly neat. Plenty of people argue that all of the attempted changes that the entertainment industry has been pushing for around the world are unnecessary attempts by this industry to prop up an obsolete business model. Would you believe that the entertainment industry is now using the same language in favor of its proposals?

Indeed. As lots of people are pushing back on dangerous plans to "kick people off the internet," ISPs have pointed out how costly such a three strikes policy would be for ISPs who are suddenly drafted to be copyright police. In response, the head of BPI, the major UK music lobbyist group, responded by charging that ISPs were relying on an obsolete business model. Seriously:
"BT is clinging on to an old business model which is supported by illegal downloading. That's not only unfair to artists and creators, but penalises BT's many customers who use the internet legally,"
This implies -- incorrectly -- that file sharing is somehow a massive boon to ISPs. The very same ISPs who keep claiming they need to use traffic shaping to prevent any network from being overloaded by file sharing. It's pretty ridiculous to claim that ISPs are relying on file sharing as any sort of business model at all. A huge percentage of people have internet access, not because of file sharing, but because these days it's hard to get through life without an internet connection. Suggesting that they make their money because of file sharing is patently ridiculous. It's the sort of thing that a reporter should push back on, when an industry rep spews such nonsense.


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    Designerfx (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 11:52am

    lobby vs lobby

    we really need to clean up corporate lobby or something.

    With that said, does the music industry really realize how bad of a tactical move going against the ISP's is?

     

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      JB, Sep 25th, 2009 @ 1:05pm

      Re: lobby vs lobby

      I would love to see the entire Telecom industry turn against the Entertainment industry. It would be a bloodbath that I would pay to see highlights of. (Now with non-redacted commentary! Watch and listen as the Entertainment execs blush while lying through their teeth. Witness the pandemonium as their paid chimps...er lawyers...parade made-up numbers in front of the Judges with full knowledge of their falsity.)

      I can just see the ISPs that host the Entertainment websites cut them off; or even better, severely reduce their bandwidth and apply traffic shaping to all connections emanating from and arriving at those hosts. They can then claim that three or more individuals have accused them of illegally sharing files. Wouldn't that be dandy?

       

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      Hephaestus (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 1:52pm

      Re: lobby vs lobby

      "With that said, does the music industry really realize how bad of a tactical move going against the ISP's is?"

      The problem is the music industry doesn't think things through. We have seen them going for short term gains (Quarterly) and not looking long term continued growth. Long term continued growth requires them to make some tough choices which they will continue to not make. They will instead continue to change the rules to artificially maintain the current business model. In every case this has been done before, it has lead to a catastrophic collapse. All that is needed is a new competitor to come in with a disruptive technology.

      The solution to their problem is quite simple, reduce the size of the each music company by 60-80%, open up their entire catalog for sale online using an Amie Street Model, and make licensing of both songs and music simple and affordable.

      Will we see this happen? ... more than likely not until they are on the verge of chapter 11. But by then their own actions will have destroyed them.

      Look at this chartWMG - Warner all the music companies look the same.

       

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 11:58am

    How stupid do they think politicians are?

    Pretty stupid, apparently. The same people who are instituting D/L caps are making their nut off of music D/Ls? The frak?

    The scary thing is that they may be right in their assessment.

     

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      Anonymous Poster, Sep 25th, 2009 @ 12:01pm

      Re: How stupid do they think politicians are?

      How stupid do they think politicians are?

      Depends on what country they're in.

       

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      Designerfx (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 12:09pm

      Re: How stupid do they think politicians are?

      about being supported by "illegal downloading"? I'd vote no. That's like saying the internet is used for illegal things. Don't blame the tool for it's use.

       

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        :Lobo Santo (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 12:15pm

        Re: Re: How stupid do they think politicians are?

        The whole "Evil Tool" argument always reminds me of that FarSide comic where's there's a follow on the roof of a house hammering nails with his revolver; and a fellow out front saying "I hear you're pretty handy with a gun."

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2009 @ 12:16pm

    I like the part about it being "obsolete". Even if it were a business model (which it isn't), I can't see how file sharing can be part of the past. Maybe they really don't know what "obsolete" (or "business model") means. Also, "many customers who use the internet legally", as if there is a distinct group of users who do only illegal stuff and another separate group who does only legal stuff...

     

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    KD, Sep 25th, 2009 @ 12:38pm

    This whole situation reminds me of the quote attributed to Max Plank: "The way to get a new theory accepted is to propose it and then wait for all the old physicists to die."

    Maybe we could speed up the process by assassinating any turkey who tries to argue that the music industry needs protection from file sharers, but that, in the immortal works of Dick Nixon, would be wrong. Maybe effective, but wrong. Too bad. We have a long wait.

     

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      Angelica (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 1:50pm

      Re:

      This whole situation reminds me of the quote attributed to Max Planck: "The way to get a new theory accepted is to propose it and then wait for all the old physicists to die."

      FTFY

       

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    Brooks (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 12:49pm

    In other news...

    This same argument applies to electric companies, computer hardware companies, and municipal water supplies. They all make money from people who engage in illegal file sharing.

    Obsolete business models, the lot of 'em. And anyone who downloads copyrighted files should be cut off from all of 'em.

    (Ah, I give up. You can't satirize these people. They're do it themselves.)

     

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    mertz, Sep 25th, 2009 @ 2:35pm

    please tell me a human being did not actually say that

    i was reading the first part of your post, but then i got to the the shill saying isps rely on an old business model and then the quote and sighed. why do people just talk without thinking.

     

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    Chargone (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 3:39pm

    anyone know where i can find several good assassins?

    and lots and lots of money to pay 'em with?

    because sometimes i think this is about the only way to deal with many high level stupidities.

    3 strikes rule. with bullets. yeah.

    they'd either shape up or be paralyzed into inactivity. or start hiring military level security guards... then sic'em on each other the next time they got into a big argument... hehehehe....

    now That I'd pay to see. assuming i had money at the time.

    [for the sake of any espionage types who may read this and panic that those who supply their funding are in danger, I'm not Actually stupid enough to think this is a viable solution. it'd probably depopulate the planet before it solved the problem, for one thing. I'm also so ridiculously poor [well, by western standards] that it's completely imposable :D]

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Sep 25th, 2009 @ 3:48pm

    pushing back

    It feels like a pretty long time since I've seen a reporter push back on anything related to IP, net neutrality, or any other serious issue that is intrinsically related to technology. It's just too easy to make any argument sound good, since most people don't know (or do somewhat know, but aren't really immersed in) the real facts about the technology, the economics and the law.

    In fact it seems like I only see people pushing back and offering real analysis on blogs. Damn blogs are clearly destroying journalism.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 25th, 2009 @ 4:19pm

    If You Can’t Convince Them, Confuse Them

    So they’re trying to hijack the language of the copyright reformists. All you have to do to counter that is point out the facts: which is the “obsolete” business model—the one that is shrinking and dying, or the one that is growing and thriving?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 25th, 2009 @ 11:36pm

    The RIAA has more than 3 strikes against its own customers. Time to kick them off the planet!

     

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    rabbit80, Sep 26th, 2009 @ 3:59am

    Considering that most "Unlimited" accounts here have around 40Gb cap per month hidden in a fair use policy - which equals less than four days of full bandwidth usage per month, I would say that the ISP's dislike filesharing nearly as much as the music industry. The ISP's realise that they rely on filesharing, but are less draconian than big music and set limits that don't lose them too many customers. If the FUP was set at say 2GB the ISP would lose 90% of its customers. The ISP's do enough to prevent more serious infringements, but also enough to satisfy their customers. If they change their finely balanced business model by changing rules, their customers will flock to a new ISP - just as I did when I fell afoul of the FUP for exceeding my allowance.

     

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      ..., Sep 26th, 2009 @ 7:20am

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      "The ISP's realise that they rely on filesharing,"

      Yes - and more than you imagine.

      When you click on something in your browser, the host server to which you have connected, "shares" a file with your browser. A vast majority of internet traffic works in this manner and the ISP charges for the connection servvice used to facilitate this file sharing.

      So, yes - ISP(s) across the globe know that they rely heavily upon the file sharing that goes on.

       

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    the orang3box, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 1:29am

    MAFIAA

    FU*K the MPAA, and FUC* the RIAA....
    April 1, 2006 - Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) chairman Dan Glickman and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) president Cary Sherman today announced the historic merger of the two organizations. The newly-created entity is being called the Music And Film Industry Association of America™, Inc.

     

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