When Even Comedy Shows Are Mocking Attempts At Stronger Copyright Law...

from the ...you-know-you've-got-an-uphill-battle dept

Via Michael Geist comes a link to this segment on the Canadian sketch comedy/political satire show This Hour has 22 Minutes, where it totally mocks the claims that file sharing is killing the music business by highlighting the previous "copying technologies" (home taping, VCR, photocopier) that the industry insisted was killing content providers:
While I actually think the bit could be funnier, it's pretty striking to see that sort of thing on a mainstream television program. More and more people are realizing that copyright industry claims have little support in reality, and that concept is starting to go mainstream.


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    keven sutton, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 5:07am

    On funny...

    They probably could have added a few things to make it more entertaining, however....

    Canada may be very similar, culturally, to the U.S. but so is the U.K. and what is seen as hilarious there is sometimes received very luke warm in the U.S.

    If they put more bits, the impact of the message might be lost.

     

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    Liam, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 5:50am

    Re: On funny...

    I'm not sure what you are trying to say?

     

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    rick, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 5:53am

    Not so funny...

    but then the "fake interview" sketches are always the weakest part of this show. They work *way* too hard at social relevance at the expense of funny.

    If anything, I'd say this was a leading indicator of public opinion and not a trailing indicator.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 5:53am

    Sound was too low, I had to download it from YT (oh! the evil!) to be able to amplify the sound a little. Anyway, I loved the punch line "would you burn me a dvd?".

     

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    Yogi, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 5:57am

    Great

    I liked it.

    It's the truth, stated simply, clearly and humorously.

     

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    Mr. LemurBoy (profile), Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 6:09am

    I came, I saw, I laughed.

    Not their strongest sketch ever, but I agree, the punchline was good.

     

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    www.eZee.se (profile), Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 6:14am

    Not the best comedy ever but... it does showcase the point on mainstream, and like my granda used to say:
    Every drop makes up the ocean

    I'll take this something over nothing anyday, and i bet the scumbags at **AA central arn't too happy with this going mainstream, heck, i think they would be downright jittery right about now.

     

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    CommonSense (profile), Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 6:25am

    Re: Re: On funny...

    American's have a different sense of humor than Canadian's, and if they'd made more jokes it couldn't be taken seriously.

    At least that's how I understood it.

     

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    vivaelamor (profile), Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 6:28am

    Oblig. IT Crowd reference

     

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    nasch (profile), Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 8:14am

    Re: Oblig. IT Crowd reference

    You're right, that was funnier.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 12:10pm

    Mike, how come you don't call this "propagnda"? Is it only propaganda when you don't agree with it?

     

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    BigKeithO, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 12:35pm

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    It isn't propaganda because it's true.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 12:40pm

    Re: Re:

    To be fair, the original definition of propaganda pretty much covers all opinions.

     

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    zcat (profile), Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 1:59pm

    They could have gone further.

    I want a grainy, sepia-tone silent movie interview with John Philip Sousa. These infernal talking machines are going to bring to an end musical development of the entire country!

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 4:45pm

    Re:

    Mike, how come you don't call this "propagnda"? Is it only propaganda when you don't agree with it?

    Propaganda is misleading or incorrect content put out by a specific party to influence opinion. This is a comedy show that was just put out to be funny.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 6:35pm

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    So if the RIAA did everything as comedy, you would be fine with it?

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 11:27pm

    Wayne-and-Schuster-Funny

    Could have been worse. Could have been Seinfeld-funny...

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 23rd, 2009 @ 3:19am

    Re: Propaganda

    Mike Masnick wrote:

    Propaganda is misleading or incorrect content put out by a specific party to influence opinion.

    There’s a bit more to it than that. As Goebbels pointed out, with the best propaganda, people don’t even realize it’s propaganda.

    Goebbels was a big fan of Hollywood.

     

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    Jorvay (profile), Oct 23rd, 2009 @ 6:49am

    In fairness, This Hour has 22 Minutes hasn't been very good since the best original cast member, Rick Mercer, left the show years ago.
    The original foursome on that show were funny and dangeriously smart.

     

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