Clay Shirky: Why SOPA's Not Going Away

from the it's-about-eliminating-competition dept

I'm not big on videos over a minute long, but this one really lays out the war on sharing that underlies bills like SOPA (and its predecessors COICA, ACTA, and the DMCA). Some excerpts:

SOPA and PIPA...want to raise the cost of copyright compliance, to the point where people simply get out of the business of offering it as a capability to amateurs....

In order to fake the ability to sell uncopyable bits, the DMCA also made it legal to force you use systems that broke the copying function of your devices...they also made it illegal for you to try to re-set the copyability of that content. The DMCA marks the moment where the media industries gave up on distinguishing between legal and illegal copying, and simply tried to prevent copying through technical means....

PIPA and SOPA are round two. But where the DMCA was surgical - we want to go down into your computer, into your television set, your game machine, and prevent it from doing what they said it would do at the store - PIPA and SOPA are nuclear. They're saying we want to go anywhere in the world and censor content.




If you're trying to explain the issues regarding SOPA to someone else, try showing them this. Yes, it's 14 minutes, but still much more concise and comprehensible than anything I could accomplish in a much longer conversation.


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    fairuse (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:05pm

    Watch it.

    Fourteen minutes well spent.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:22pm

    https://punditkitchen.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/political-pictures-lord-of-the-rings-sopa-appropri ate-analogies-we-can-all-understand.jpg

    Now lets be serious, the only way to reduce the problems with censorship is to diminish the monopolies that give rise to them, meaning ending copyrights.

     

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    Mr Big Content, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:23pm

    Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    It was shameful to see such an important bill as SOPA, sponsored by legitimate interest group stakeholders, get overturned by no-name Internet rabble who can barely string two lines of cloture together. Don't you remember the old saying "the price of vigilance is eternal liberty"? Now you have destroyed a keystone of that vigilance. Say goodbye to your eternal liberty!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:26pm

    Did they make you saint yet, Nina? Stick with it!! They will!!

     

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    AdamBv1 (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:33pm

    Re: Watch it.

    Very much agreed.

     

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    Zos (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:53pm

    lol, i'm glad i'm not the only one who refuses to watch any video longer than a song.

    Still, i bet you made it through at least half an hour of Cory Doctorow's talk, till the Q&A part, didnt you?

     

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    Gilligan76, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:04pm

    I agree totally with Anonymous Coward. It is time for the MPAA (Chris Dodd) and all our opponents (Lobbyists) to wake up to themselves and realise the only way for a solution to this is to have P2P and online content always available. In regards to Nina's comment 'SOPA will never go away', I beg to differ and disagree with it. Infact, I believe this is the sign of PIPA and SOPA's complete death for good :).

     

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    monkyyy, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:07pm

    option 3: pirate, use peer to peer systems,ignore the terrible laws

     

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    monkyyy, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:08pm

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    its death isnt coming yet, but its peak must be near

     

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    demented, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:18pm

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    It will take awhile to die, but if we stay vigilant I believe we can eventually kill it.

     

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    bersl2, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:41pm

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    At some point, it will no longer be possible to run and hide. This option is a contingency; may we never have to fully resort to it.

     

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    Gilligan76, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:42pm

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    Believe me, SOPA/PIPA will die forever, sooner than you think :).

     

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    bersl2, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:53pm

    Show this to everybody you know.

    This is the single best distillation of the problem facing us I have ever read, listened to, or watched. This puts the problem into reach of every man, woman, and child with enough of a mind to listen and to contemplate its meaning.

    It's not perfect, but it's the best tool, at the right moment. We held our ground; if we do not push back now, then when?

     

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    monkyyy, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:54pm

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    hide? i do this openly, if they ever fill like sending one of those threatening letters to sue me i will be calling their bluff, i dont watch or listen to any of their junk anyway

     

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    PSD to Magento, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:59pm

    I do not think it die forever. Well, see what will done.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 10:35pm

    And let's not forget that they also want to crush any competition too; http://torrentfreak.com/megaupload-swizz-beatz-120120/

    BTW: excellent video.

    The best defense is to explain and share what this all about.

     

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    Suja (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:01am

    Re: Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    "Copyterrorists"


    you mean like the people who want to restrict our ability to copy, right?

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:32am

    Re: Re: Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    Don't worry, Mr. Big Content is a satirist. That's why it's so funny.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:35am

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    Do I get to bring out my Pitchfork of +4 DOOOOOOOOOM!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:10am

    Re: Watch it.

    Khan Academy did a simple 11min vid on SOPA and PIPA as well
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzqMoOk9NWc

     

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    A Guy (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:11am

    Next Steps

    A good next step may be to create more easy to use, open source tools for content creation.

    Some sort of easy to use special effects toolbox for the home user would put a big nail in the coffin of big contents strategy.

     

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    RonKaminsky (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:51am

    Add friend-to-friend sharing tools to that list

    I think you should add encrypted friend-to-friend communication tools to that list. I'm going to compile RetroShare over the weekend to check it out.

    In the long term, once personal upload rates become heftier, we would only need tools like that (assuming it does what I think it does) to replace sites like YouTube. In the short term, assuming that at least some file locker sites manage to stay alive, sharing links via such a network might be OK.

    Personally, I'm optimistic that things won't deteriorate to that level. Now that the genie of wide access to information/communication has been let out of the bottle, I doubt that even the **AAs can put it back (if we remain vigilant). OTOH, it pays to always have a "Plan B".

     

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    Luke C, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:06am

    This has only reinstalled my fears that people will take this as a chance to rest on their laurels. This may be only the start of calculated and manipulated legistlastions that attempt to get passed. The community as a whole should take this as a warning, and just get prepared to unite again.

     

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    Kelly, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:59am

    ACTA

    omg!!! what the hell is wrong with people?? how can they do this?? they indefinitely shelve pipa and sopa yesterday only to have this secret crap leaked today??? i guess its actually been in the works for a while now. bad! very bad! im soooo furious!!! what makes them think people everywhere wont riot when they find out? when this goes into effect?? how can they possibly think this is a good idea? i mean even with the benefit of total control, it would kill the net totally which would kill sooo many jobs! the economy would utterly be destroyed all around the world!! its apocolyptic in mature really. not to mention the worst about it is its in treaty form secretly so we the people dont even get to vote on it and i guarantee you they will ignore all civil attempts to make our voice heard. and it got leakjed the day after sopa was shelved...is this a kindhearted whistleblower with a conscience or the gov simply saying f u to us?? this bill is treasonous on so many levels!!! just imagine the control they will have in politics after this passes!!! any rivals will be lifeloing banned from the net or jailed!! someone help us now!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:39am

    good video and explanation. i believe he is 100% correct at what is going on and what will carry on. the intentions of the entertainment industries are clear. make sure everyone is labeled a thief, make sure that can be done with little if any evidence, erode the 'innocent until proven guilty' on which democracies are built, gain complete control of the Internet so it can only be used as, when, how they say or suffer disconnection. simples!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:41am

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    We luv ya, babe.

     

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    bob, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:32am

    What a moron.

    Enforcing copyright is not "censoring content." Censoring is when you stop a person from expressing their own bits, not the bits of someone else. By that token, every professor is censoring someone when they punish them for plagiarism. And the police are censoring the first amendment right to assemble by putting people in jail. Sheesh. Only a college professor could have such loony opinions.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:19am

    Re: What a moron.

    Copyright is enforced by a government that it is censorship.
    A granted monopoly is excluding others from doing something and that includes people being able to express themselves.

     

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    Michael, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:24am

    Re: What a moron.

    So, Bob, if a kid on the street steals a bike, the police should lock down the entire neighborhood and prevent access as a result? That's essentially what major media wants to do to the internet. No, scratch that... it wouldn't even matter whether something was actually stolen. They want the unfettered ability to shut down anything they want on the internet. This is a blatant attempt by major media to control and censor the internet to suit their own agenda.

    I imagine a 1984-ish scene: A massive herd of people --ordinary citizens, with muzzles around their mouths and their hands handcuffed behind their backs. They are being forced along an orderly procession by the thought police who have them completely surrounded. The only ones left with any degree of freedom are the few at the top who control the money, the information and the law. A huge neon sign flashes a message: "You belong to us: Your every thought, action, emotion... All ours. Do not step out of line; do not presume to act the part of the hero because there are none left. You have no voice, therefore you cannot protest. You cannot defeat us."

    Funny thing is, this seems eerily similar to what the major media is trying to create: an internet wherein all things, all knowledge and all art/creativity is filtered through them. An internet where anything they deem unfit ot undesirable ...vanishes in the blink of an eye.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:25am

    Re: What a moron.

    Aw, fair use doesn't exist for you.

     

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    Gary, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:50am

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    Exactly right push Copyright repeal and put the AA's on the defensive for a change.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:05am

    Re: Show this to everybody you know.

     

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    demented, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:09am

    Re: What a moron.

    So do you seriously think that the government won't swoop in and conveniently "find copyrighted material" whenever people on a site (like this one) say something they don't like?

    Of course they will. Whenever the government does ANYTHING it's for it's own purposes.

     

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    Violated (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:10am

    Monopoly

    People should not under estimate the Copyright Monopolies attack on independent lawful markets.

    We already know about DaJaz1 and how the RIAA fooled ICE to seized this domain despite the vast volume of lawful music supply.

    What is most concerning with this latest Mega case is that they shut down MegaBox. We may recall that Kim was offering artists 90% of the sales and setting himself up as direct competition of the RIAA. That service was announced during the Mega Song conflict when UMG falsely took down this lawful independent video. The time between then and now is just long enough for the Feds to plan this massive raid!

    Let me get this straight when the RIAA using their private Governmental Police service just closed a huge and dangerous market rival. I can promise you now that the Judge is going to take a very close look at that one and he won't like what he sees.

    If you combine MegaBox, this Mega Song case, DaJaz1 and more you can certainly make out a clear pattern of the RIAA abusing the market, destroying independent channels, to protect is monopoly.

    The Federal Government certainly won't have an easy case here and to justify their actions.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:27am

    Everyone in congress should be required to watch this video.

     

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    Loki, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:27am

    Re: What a moron.

    Enforcing copyright is not "censoring content. Censoring is when you stop a person from expressing their own bits, not the bits of someone else."

    I thought the explanation was extremely clear, so I'll just assume you are a bit slow and try to explain it again. It is very much censorship because it does not place the burden of proof on copyright holders to prove copyright takes place. It forces people trying to express their own bits, and the people/sites trying to distribute those bits, to first prove they are not in fact violating copyright to avoid liability (and given the length and scope of modern copyright, that's a pretty high bar for most people to hurdle).

    Given the technology, these bills will not do what they claim they want them to do, prevent infringement. What they WILL do, is what they really want them to do, and that is stifle competition.

     

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    Michael, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:29am

    Re: Monopoly

    Hmm, I didn't give much thought to this issue, about how Megaupload was prepping its own business model to rival that of the RIAA and recompensate artists. But now that you've brought it up, yeah, the abrupt timing of the DoJ takedown of Megaupload makes much more sense when you read between the lines. If true, the gov would be intentionally acting as the enforcer to protect the interests of the monopolistic organizations and stifle (read: destroy) any competitive alternatives.

     

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    jjray, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:39am

    The Roman Legions

    Thanks for posting this. Unfortunately, the media industry are like the Roman legions. You utterly destroy them at battles like Cannae or Carrhae but they merely raise more legions and come back at you even stronger. This SOPA thing isn't over by a long shot. They will be back.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:57am

    how were the demonstrations in Egypt, Tunisia and now Syria organised? through sites over the Internet. if, as the various industries want, any site can be shut down, how long do you think it will be before free speech sites will suffer the same fate? the protests that occurred this week happened because people were informed of what was going on, not via the TV, not via the News Papers, not via the Radio, but via the Internet. had SOPA/PIPA been passed already, do you honestly think the sites reporting on the up coming protests would have stayed up? of course not! they would have been shut down so no one knew what Congress was up to and why!

     

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    cc (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:13am

    Re: Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    "the price of vigilance is eternal liberty"

    You, sir, win two internets.

     

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    Mason Wheeler, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:17am

    One missed point

    Very good video, but he misses an important point. SOPA and PIPA do not spell the end of "innocent until proven guilty." We already lost that with the DMCA.

    If someone sends you a DMCA takedown notice, you're guilty until proven innocent. And if you buy a copyrighted work that includes DRM, and something goes wrong with the authentication, you're not even guilty until proven innocent; you're just plain *guilty*, and screw any relevant facts.

    Until we manage to push back and overturn the DMCA, this will keep going on. He's quite right that the DMCA is at the root of all of this, and the only way to win any real, meaningful victory is to get it repealed or thrown out in court.

     

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    Kenneth Michaels, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:44am

    Another Lamar Smith Internet Bill on the way

    Here is another internet bill from Lamar Smith that requires ISPs to keep records for 18 months for their users:

    http://live.drjays.com/index.php/2012/01/20/sopa-is-defeated-but-new-internet-bill-gains-critics /

    They hide the provision in a child pornography bill. This is so that they can go after the Biebers of the world.

     

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    Rich Kulawiec, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:47am

    Re: Next Steps

    Check the Downloadpedia, which has a LOT of open source tools for all kinds of content creation.

     

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    Violated (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:08am

    Re: Re: Monopoly

    I doubt many would disagree that this massive raid on Mega was a total overkill.

    Had they followed justice and due process then first would be a civil court case proving they violate DMCA law. Then can follow a criminal case proving they aim to infringe copyright as part of their business plan. Only once then convicted of a major crime is it fair to order company closure, bank funds seized and seizure of the domain names.

    What we have here is nothing more than censorship. We do not like you, we do not like what you are doing, and despite no infringement conviction at all we will totally destroy your multi-million dollar corporation including several sub-companies unrelated to our main infringement claims.

    This is not justice and due process when this is only monopoly censorship. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Kim under the law is innocent and yet his many companies stand "destroyed"

    We should be very concerned indeed seeing half of the DoJ's claims are little more than a sad joke. This is not to forget the many thousands of artists and others who have just had their lawful supply shut down.

    For these reasons file sharers are currently at War and our enemy is known. Respect justice and due process and we respect you.

     

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    vesey, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:14am

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    How are torrentfreak, megaupload etc "competition" when they create nothing ??? They simply take someone elses effort and creativity and illegally make millions off of it. These people are the most egregious examples of vulture capitalism. You support them because you want something for nothing. Nothing heroic or freedom loving about that, it's just the most base form of self interest. This whole "we're opposed to censorship" argument is simply a coverup for getting free entertainment...............

     

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    pdh, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:24am

    Thanks for sharing - really great video!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:33am

    Re: What a moron.

    What a moron.
    Yes you are.

    Enforcing copyright is not "censoring content."
    Before commenting next time, you might want to watch the video first, so that you can understand the topic. Posting straw men just makes you look stupid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:37am

    my god is there a desperate need for some new blood in the entertainment industries, the Senate and Congress! most of the problems are being caused because those that are in position at the moment dont understand the 'net, dont understand modern technology, are corrupt, obsessive, paranoid and TOO FUCKING OLD!

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:01am

    Re: Show this to everybody you know.

    I agree. We shouldn't just simply protest against SOPA/PIPA, we should be protesting copyright in its entirety. They don't need it, they don't deserve it. Copyright was meant to serve us, not them. Oh, and this:

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/supreme-court-rules-congress-can-re-copyrig ht-public-domain-works.ars

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:06am

    Re: Re:

    The publishers do the exact same thing. They take someone's work and make millions from it without doing any creative work of their own. Publishers are the most egregious examples of vulture capitalism. You support them because you want a hand out from the government. There's nothing heroic nor freedom loving about that, it's just the most base form of self interest. This whole "we're opposed to piracy" argument is a coverup for getting rid of competition.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:58am

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    Better free entertainment than free censors.

     

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    Rapnel (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:21am

    Re: Another Lamar Smith Internet Bill on the way

    See http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c112:2:./temp/~c112kIxkrJ::

    The action starts at section 4. This collected and stored information would be accessible via an administrative subpoena. Given that there is nothing limiting said type of request to anything regarding children I would have to say that this bill is no small threat to any given three year record of your online bread crumbs.

    Lamar is a cheeky bastard and his string pullers will not stop until forced to.

    We'll be batting down bills and sneaky amendments like this forever until we get to the root of the problem. Let's define that and dig in like we mean it and Fight Like the Internets! (FLI)(what?)!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:38am

    Clay is a wackadoodle in somethings but on SOPA/PIPA he is spot on.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:42am

    Re: Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    Good lord.. if you are going to spout a quote, at least get it right!! It SHOULD be "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:59am

    Re: Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    ...further more, the full original quote was "Eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty; and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your states as well as in the federal government." which was spoken by Thomas Jefferson... and in it he was referring to THE PEOPLE insuring that the GOVERNMENT doesn't trample over the constitution and strip our rights.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:01pm

    Re: Re: Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    Sorry.. not Thomas Jefferson... Andrew Jackson (in his farewell address).

     

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    RobShaver (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:11pm

    SOPA & PIPA are the symptom ...

    SOPA & PIPA are the symptom, not the problem. We need to get out in front of this problem and proactively get the IP laws overhauled. We at least need fair-use to be a defined right so that I, as an amateur filmmaker, can know exactly what the limits are, not wait until I'm sued.
    Yes, I think IP creators should be compensated but I think we should reduce free speech and encumber innovation and creativity.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:12pm

    The real reason SOPA & PIPA are not going away

    The White House has been in on this game for 4 years. What you're watching now is only a kabuki play for the masses. All the "outrage" about counterfeit electronics parts was manufactured by Customs and Border Patrol starting in June of 2008, when they arbitrarily decided to stop supporting domestic manufacturers with pictures of imported semiconductors held at Customs. A program that had been working to identify imported chips with an 85% success rate was suddenly gutted by CBP. The new policy conflicts with the policies of the FBI and ICE. The move has stymied the industry and CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin has stonewalled even Congress. Why did they do this? The answer is obvious: to provide fodder for this type of legislation. National security impacted? We need SOPA & PIPA for national security. Consumers harmed? Great for headlines! Domestic manufacturers bruised? Let's talk jobs!

    We're all being played, and all the players are in it for the long haul. Every administration since Nixon has worked towards an imperial president. We're going to lose, there's no doubt about it, because we have placed lords and princes in power over us. Big money knows how to align their interests with government to get what they both want: more control.

    Read this: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4229964/Chip-counterfeiting-case-exposes-defense-supply-chai n-flaw

     

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    RobShaver (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:30pm

    Re: SOPA & PIPA are the symptom ...

    CORRECTION: ... should NOT reduce free speech ...

     

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    RobShaver (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:36pm

    Re: The real reason SOPA & PIPA are not going away

    "Big money knows how to align their interests with government ..."

    Here's another video ... well, movie (1.5 hours so watch it in the living room using your Google TV) that talks about this and other subjects.

    CULTURAL CREATIVES - THE (R)EVOLUTION
    http://vimeopro.com/fogelmedia/cultural-creatives-10-the-revolution

     

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    Suja (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    I know, I just thought "Copyterrorists" was especially funny.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:48pm

    It's sad that people have been denied the ability to create custom pictures on their cake because of copy protection laws. This is one of the problems with copy protection being opt out and with laws that place almost all of the burden on everyone else (and not IP holders) to magically distinguishing infringing content from non-infringing content. It's difficult for a bakery to just say, "no pictures of Sponge Bob, no pictures of Mikey Mouse, etc..." because any picture is potentially infringing and its too expensive for any mom and pop bakery to determine if an image that a child wrote on a cake is somehow infringing on someone's copy protections because someone else somewhere wrote a similar image in secret and no one else knows. So these bakeries had to simply stop hosting user generated images. That's a travesty and this is the intent of IP law, not to help artists (if anything, this hurts artists) but to stop competition. If the cost of copy protection laws is to stop bakeries and other venues from hosting user generated content then I saw we abolish these laws right now. This is ridiculously outrageous and we should not tolerate a government that passes such oppressive laws.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:49pm

    Re:

    then I say *

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:51pm

    Re:

    Unfortunately, copyright isn't even opt-out. It is "I promise I won't enforce my monopoly". Other than that, you can never opt-out of copyright.

     

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    demented, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:19pm

    Re: The real reason SOPA & PIPA are not going away

    In the long run, we won't lose. Because tyrants never do.

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:36pm

    Re: Re:

    "How are torrentfreak, megaupload etc "competition" when they create nothing ??? They simply take someone elses effort and creativity and illegally make millions off of it."

    You mean they provide a successful service that millions of people around the world want, and yet despite the obvious opportunities offered by that demand and success, the big media companies continue to fight against providing or collaborating with services that can and do compete with piracy.

    "These people are the most egregious examples of vulture capitalism."

    So record companies that sign artists to contracts that take away all the rights to their own material, and which are almost never recouped because of ridiculous, meaningless costs and expenses, are not egregious examples of vulture capitalism? Movie studio accounting practices that make sure hardy any of those owed royalties ever see a dime because immensely popular movies supposedly failed to make a profit are not egregious examples of vulture capitalism? Sorry, you do not have a moral high ground to preach from here.

     

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    Ed C., Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:23pm

    Re: Re: Congratulations Freetards, You've Let The Copyterrorists Win

    It was satire. He's basically saying that their constant lobbying (vigilance) gets them perpetual copyright extensions (eternal liberty).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:31pm

    Re:

    It's also amazing how anti-competitive laws are never used to go after those who attack bakeries for enabling independent content creators and independent children to create their own competing content.

    It's amazing how anti-competitive laws are never used to go after those who attack restaurants and other venues that wish to host independent performers because their content might compete with government established media monopolists.

    Instead, anti-competitive laws are used to go after Google for trivial reasons in ways that hurt society more than they help it. They're not used to go after those who are actually responsible for anti-competitive activities. They're used to after more honest businesses that actually provide society with social benefit (not that Google is completely honest, but they sure as heck are better than Hollywood).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:33pm

    Re: Re:

    to go after *

     

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    buddy cousins (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:38pm

    Redirecting the fight

    Perhaps, as I've said in other places before, the best way to fight this whole issue is an all out boycott on "Hollywood" products! Imagine if they released a few big budget movies and no one went! Then we are hitting them in THEIR pockets.
    True it would take some time to hurt them, but eventually they would resort to doing something so stupid that our cause would only gain momentum.
    It may currently be difficult to get this ball rolling, but consider the fact that most of the Internet users are quite a lot younger than most of us. They are also the ones that typically go to most of the movies. I myself am 50 yrs old, and rarely go to the theater. It's much easier to rent it when it comes out on disk. Then I can literally "be at home" while watching the movies, hell, I can even have a cigarette or a beer when I wish.
    I believe that if everyone started finding alternative pass times to going to the theater, or buying the latest CD, MPAA and RIAA would quickly back off from pushing all this crap. When it affects THEM things will be different. If it affects them every time they start some shit, they will eventually get the message.
    Just like taking the food away from a dog that bites. Force it to accept hand feeding, and it will quit biting. If these two power groups keep losing their money each time they start roughing our feathers, they will quit doing it. When they quit, the congress will quit, because there's no "pocket" money in it anymore.

    Maybe you think it's impossible to do this, but only a few days ago, everyone though it was impossible to break SOPA/PIPA at this current juntion. But we did... :-)

     

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    Sevenof9fl, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:47pm

    Hollywierd's Inability to find a new business model

    Will never be remedied by any type of legislation. Either Hollywood and the film business should find a way to deal with the realities of current technologies and work within the framework of the more than adequate existing copyright laws or sit down and shut up.

    And if they can't figure out a business model that is based on streaming new releases, just ask me or any of a million other network engineers in the country.

    We think that technology just MIGHT exist somewhere. . . . (eyeroll) . . . if they look around hard enough . . . . .

     

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    darryl, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:45pm

    Re:

    Now lets be serious, the only way to reduce the problems with censorship is to diminish the monopolies that give rise to them

    how can you have "monopolies" ?? by definition a monopoly is ONE. (MONO = ONE).

    at least you got to the actuall TRUTH of the matter, that there is no monopoly, but you use that emotive term for greater effect, with the full knowledge it is a total, screaming LIE !!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:53pm

    Re:

    im glad to know that the concentration span of the average American is still sub 2 minutes !!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:56pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    then you dont do it openly, you dont do it at ALL !!!

    so either your stupid or lying or both, because you admit it yourself !!!!! in just two lines of text .. well done !

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:58pm

    Re: Show this to everybody you know.

    push back i guess you mean "pull back".

    generally you push forward, and pull back

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:01pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    they also pay those people to make that work, and enable them to continue to make that work..

    what he said is right, torrent freak and it's ilk do not create anything, and if it was not for the copyright people and the CREATORS that they support you would have nothing to pirate..

    Why cant you understand that most basic of concepts ?

     

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    Shmerl, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:05pm

    Even worse things are coming

    People think DMCA/SOPA/PIPA etc. are the worst kind of things that can happen to damage digital freedom. But it's just a shadow of what can come.

    A very good talk from Cory Doctorow on this (Upcoming war on general computing):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUEvRyemKSg

    (Yes, way longer than 14 minutes, but I watched it attentively, and it worth watching every minute).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:07pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    you talk as if the artists have a gun held to their heads, that is not the case, they have a choice, just like you have a choice.

    NO ONE is forcing them to sell the copyright to the publishing company, they CHOOSE to do it !!!!..

    get that,, THEY WANT TO DO IT !!!!!, they LIKE TO MAKE MONEY !!!!, and they REALLY WANT to sell their product and get some MONEY for it...

    what can you offer ?

    why dont they come you or torrentfreak first if what you say is anything but total bullshit ?

    How many artists has torrentfreak made contracts with and payed them large sums of money for the work they have done ?

    There is simply no choice, if you can sell something and make lots of money, or let it be stolen and make nothing what would your choice be?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:09pm

    Re: Next Steps

    yes, sure, then all you need is talent and creativity !!!

    good luck with getting that free online !!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:16pm

    Re: Re: What a moron.

    no the Government enforces the laws, not copyright..

    masnick owns the copyright of the web site "techdirt", the Government does not enforce his copyright, it does not OWN his copyright.

    it is the choice of Masnick (the copyright owner and enforcer) to choose if he does or does not want to enforce that copyright.

    Again, the Government enforces laws, copyright owners enforce copyright, and if they choose to enforce that copyright, and they see someone breaking that law (of using that copyright) to get the Government to enforce the copyright owners RIGHTS, as it is a law, and the Government enforces laws !!!..

    how old are you ? have you ever received an education ?

    what a moron... !!!!!! is right.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: What a moron.

    who inforces censorship on Techdirt ? the government ?

    No it is the copyright holder of Techdirt, who censors what is and is not presented.

    Do you think Masnick asks the Government if he can make a post ?
    Yet Masnick holds the copyright on the content, and is 100% responsible for the censorship of content !!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:48pm

    Re: Even worse things are coming

    (Yes, way longer than 14 minutes, but I watched it attentively, and it worth watching every minute).

    even every second !!!..

    if you only watch it every minute, then you only see it 14 times in 14 minutes..

    if you watch every minute, you would not little or no clue about what they were talking about. ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 1:42am

    Re: Re:

    ...that emotive term...

    “Monopoly” has been the proper English language term since at least the Case of Monopolies (Darcy v Allein) in 1599 - 1602, and the Statute of Monopolies (21 Jac 1 c.3) enacted in 1623.

    The term has been in continuous use in the English language for over 400 years to describe a state-granted privilege of exclusivity.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 2:32am

    Re: Re: Re:

    You appear to know very little about actual publishers.

    Piracy is part of the problem. A huge part. And distribution without compensation, permission or investment is not "competition".

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I think you need to investigate the reality of typical record label contracts. All require you to give up your copyrights, and most artists make no money from them. Very, very few artists make "lots of money".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:26am

    Re: The real reason SOPA & PIPA are not going away

    The White House has been in on this game for 4 years.

    really !!!! I would have thought it was somewhat longer than that.. I did not know it was such a new building !

    oh, yea, the white house is a building, when was the last time you saw a building playing a game ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:28am

    Re: Re: The real reason SOPA & PIPA are not going away

    tyrants never do ?? what ?

    win or lose ? are you the tyrant or not ?

    you may not lose,, but you certainly will not win either..

    I dont even think you are in the game, or know what the game is..

     

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    darryl, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:38am

    Re: SOPA & PIPA are the symptom ...

    what the limits are !!! you dont know that ?

    the limit is USE YOUR OWN FREAKING STUFF, and dont steal stuff from others...

    how hard is that !!!!

    to keep it simple (your probably from America), use the stuff YOU come up with and create yourself, and DO NOT use stuff that others have created...

    unless you are an ameteur thief, not a film maker, make freaking films, dont steal films made by others....

    Geeeezzzzzz..

    BTW: when you are driving a car, those sign's on the side of the road with numbers on them are LIMITS to the speed you are legally allowed to travel !!..

    anything else, you need to know,, what about how to tie your shoe lasses ?

    no one is interferring with your free speech rights, you are free to speak your own mind, you are simply not free to speak someone elses mind...

    dont you "get" free speech either ?

     

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    Michael, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:40am

    Re: Re:

    "How are torrentfreak, megaupload etc "competition" when they create nothing ??? They simply take someone elses effort and creativity and illegally make millions off of it."

    Really? So when I used Megaupload to send someone music that I personally created, I was stealing content? By your logic, anyone offering online data storage who doesn't openly monitor every single transaction is aiding and abetting theft. In that case, may as well round up the entire internet because it's not going to stop simply because one, two or even twenty sites go down.

    So tell me, if I claim that you stole something of mine, is it reasonable that you be held accountable without any evidence and I get to seize your property in the interim? Furthermore, I get to place the full burden of proof on you to prove your innocence. And, should it turn out that I made a false accusation, I'm immune to legal retaliation.

    Do you see the problem?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    and yet they are still lining up to sign, and hoping that they will be signed up !!!..

    they still create content, and are able to afford to continue to create content !!!.

    and they make a profit as an agreed (AGREED) percentage of the earnings gained from the content.

    And STILL NOT ONE is FORCING them to sign, they WANT TO SIGN...

    I guess the truth and facts are not things you are really interested in...

    If there was no one to sign with, they would simply not make the content in the first place..

    but you cannot see that !!!..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:55am

    Re: Re: Re:

    and you will get neither

     

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    Michael, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "and yet they are still lining up to sign, and hoping that they will be signed up !!!.."

    Because there are some uninformed people who are looking for a big break and the record labels promise them the moon. However, because of the open environment and ease of access + free promotion which the internet provides, most aspiring artists are intentionally AVOIDING major labels.

    "they still create content, and are able to afford to continue to create content !!!."

    And yet they're threatened by the internet and so want to regulate it to silence any competition. Independently created content isn't ok with them, particularly when the middle man (labels) aren't profiting.

    "and they make a profit as an agreed (AGREED) percentage of the earnings gained from the content."

    Correction: They take the lion's share of the profit and leave the artist with mere scraps, usually around 12-13%, out of which the artist is expected to pay back an exorbitant debt (which they almost never can). All the while, the record label makes a killing and writes those artists off as losses. Welcome to indentured servitude.

    "And STILL NOT ONE is FORCING them to sign, they WANT TO SIGN..."

    Again, most artists in this day and age intentionally avoid signing to a major label. The labels are no longer necessary to be a successful musician.

    "I guess the truth and facts are not things you are really interested in..."

    Uh, sure thing.

    "If there was no one to sign with, they would simply not make the content in the first place.."

    That's a blatant lie. Nobody requires a major record label in order to make artistic works.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:07am

    Re: Re: Re:

    a state granted privilege of exclusivity !!!

    you can be a copyright holder without the state granting you anything !!!

    does masnick own the copyright to all copyrighted material, if he did he would have a monopoly..

    But he does not own the copyright to all copyrighted material, LOTS AND LOTS of different people and groups own copyright to various works..

    Lots is not one,, Lots is generally accepted as MORE THAN ONE, a monopoly is ONE..

    Can you tell the difference between 1 and more than 1 ?

    It's called counting, once you go above one, you can no longer call it a monopoly.. and you would be seen as stupid if you did...

     

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    Michael, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:15am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Again, all wrong. If there are three major record labels then it is accurate to say that they're monopolizing the industry. Microsoft and Apple are computer-tech monopolies. The few big Hollywood movie makers have a monopoly on the film industry, at least in America. There are about six mega-conglomerates which own practically all media. All are monopolies.

    As far as copyright is concerned, it's most often used as nothing more than a legal stick to go around whacking people with, like the big legacy players constantly do. And because they have so much money, they can literally buy people in Washington to push legislation which furthers their ends.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Sony v Universal (1984)

    JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court.
    The monopoly privileges that Congress may authorize are neither unlimited nor primarily designed to provide a special private benefit. Rather, the limited grant is a means by which an important public purpose may be achieved. It is intended to motivate the creative activity of authors and inventors by the provision of a special reward, and to allow the public access to the products of their genius after the limited period of exclusive control has expired.

    (Emphasis added.)

     

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    demented, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:04am

    Re: Re: Re: The real reason SOPA & PIPA are not going away

    I meant to say "Tyrants never win."

    "I dont even think you are in the game, or know what the game is.."

    Spoken like a true shill, my dear.

     

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    demented, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:07am

    Re: Re: SOPA & PIPA are the symptom ...

    So you're saying you're opposed to fair use, or even having a song playing somewhere in the backgorund while you record a baby dancing. We should never use pictures from an anime as our icons, we should never allow bakers to produce cartoon "picture" cakes, and we should simply bend over to our corporate overlords.

    And yes, they ARE interfering with our free speech. YOU clearly don't "Get" free speech, because if you did, you would see that any bill that gives a kill switch for any website will be abused.

     

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    demented, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:12am

    Re: Re: Re: The real reason SOPA & PIPA are not going away

    Here's another example of consumer AND artist-friendly distribution that grinds the big corporations' gears.

    http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/fairyland/about

    And you know what? That book she allowed people to pay their OWN price for, it's her best-selling book in hardcopy to date!

     

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    Shmerl, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:15am

    Re: Re: Even worse things are coming

    Did you actually watch it?

     

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    TwentyTwo (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:18am

    Re: Re:

    The rights holder does have a monopoly on his content. That is, he is the sole owner of the particular content. In that sense, copyright is a true monopoly.

    Now, to be fair, economists like to talk about substitutes in the discussion of monopolies, which I think might be the point you're trying to make. It's certainly true that for most copyrighted products there are plentiful substitutes. That's what keeps the costs down and makes the monopoly rent somewhat less.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re: Re:

    ...copyright is a true monopoly.

    Fox Film v Doyal (1932)

    MR. CHIEF JUSTICE HUGHES delivered the opinion of the Court.
    [T]he copyright is the creature of the Federal Statute passed in the exercise of the power vested in the Congress. . . . The sole interest of the United States and the primary object in conferring the monopoly lie in the general benefits derived by the public from the labors of authors.

    (Emphasis added.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 8:31am

    Re: Re:

    Meant to say anti trust laws *

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I never realized that the word "monopoly" has only one meaning uder our laws.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:30am

    Re: Re: Re: What a moron.

    Stupid moron, for anybody to enforce copyright you need something, either you put a gun to their heads and force others to comply or you use the law which is another form of muscle and that comes from the government idiot.

    How will you enforce copyrights if you don't have courts?
    Obviously you have to use the government to do the enforcing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:34am

    Re: Re: Re: SOPA & PIPA are the symptom ...

    darryl is a kanguroo(Australian), he should be more worried about China slowing down consumption of raw materials, if that happens Australia will have a bad year since almost half their GDP comes from that.

    darryl seem a little bit desperate lately.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "they also pay those people to make that work, and enable them to continue to make that work.. "

    That makes the assumption that they can't otherwise, which is just plain false.

    "what he said is right, torrent freak and it's ilk do not create anything, and if it was not for the copyright people and the CREATORS that they support you would have nothing to pirate.."

    Torrenfreak is a blog. It's not a distributor of files. They report on it, thus they do create. Megaupload is no different than a publisher except that they don't pay anyone to create the content they store.

    "Why cant you understand that most basic of concepts ?"

    My grasp of the concepts is fine. Publishers create nothing. The only reason they make any money at all is because they control the flow of goods between those that produce them and those that purchase them. They are a leech, a parasite. They take work that people do, pay them a fixed salary, and then attempt to extract endless profit from them.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 10:04am

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    "Piracy is part of the problem. A huge part. And distribution without compensation, permission or investment is not "competition"." [citation needed]

    The problem is not "piracy", it's bad business models. This isn't the 20th century anymore, this is the 21st century and we have the internet now. People have the capability to copy and distribute any and all information they want to. It makes clear that humans do not want to simply consume information, they want to participate in the grand conversation that is our culture. This "war on piracy" is a failure to realize that human beings never wanted to be part of a one-sided conversation where the media corporations feed you the content they want you to buy. People want to absorb information, remix it, and distribute their expression of what their culture means to them over the internet so others can be touched by their ideas and interpretations.

    That's what the entertainment industry is fighting against. They want to put us back in the position of passive consumers of media instead of active participants of culture. Copyright infringement is a small slice of the issue they are trying to legislate away. They're trying to stop anyone that isn't a corporate media distributor from actively producing and distributing content. Why? Because if people are creating quality content for free, it's competition they can't allow. It undermines their power. They can't have that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 10:53am

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    You come across as almost borderline paranoid.

    Labels and studios do not give a hoot about new means for others to produce and distribute content. They care about producing and distributing their own work product, the creation of which is many times much more involved and expensive than the DIYer's work product.

    The propensity of some to the contrary, the labels and studios do have a very legitimate point..."We invested money, time, and assets in creating what we hope the public will like. Apparently they do. Many are constantly stealing it, and then rationalize doing so when we get upset by trying to portray themselves as victims."

    SOPA and PIPA are conceptually sound, unless, of course, one is inclined to put his/her "rights" on a higher plane than the rights of those who created the original work.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:33am

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    "It makes clear that humans do not want to simply consume information, they want to participate in the grand conversation that is our culture."

    What grander way then creating and contributing something new? Why does "participation in the grand conversation" involve downloading the newest episode of Game of Thrones?

    What you describe as "grand conversation" sounds like "people want stuff for free".

    "People have the capability to copy and distribute any and all information they want to."

    People can want a lot of things. Desire and means do not actually make these things right.

    "They're trying to stop anyone that isn't a corporate media distributor from actively producing and distributing content."

    That's absurd. I've been producing creator owned content for twenty years. How is corporate media interfering with this?

    "Why? Because if people are creating quality content for free, it's competition they can't allow. It undermines their power. They can't have that."

    I think the thing they care alot more about is people pirating rather than paying.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 12:04pm

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    "Megaupload is no different than a publisher except that they don't pay anyone to create the content they store."

    So they're just like them, except for that massive difference sitting right there? Except for that thing that would define a publisher the most?

    Megaupload is in no way similar to a publisher. Not at all.

    "Publishers create nothing."

    They facilitate creation. Not every artist needs that, sure. But many do. And it's a good service to have available to the artists who want it.

    "The only reason they make any money at all is because they control the flow of goods between those that produce them and those that purchase them."

    They don't control. No one is forced to work with any corporation (and publisher really is the wrong word here). They "facilitate" for those that want to participate.

    "They are a leech, a parasite."

    Hyperbolic nonsense. I have known so many artists over the years who lack the ability to effectively distribute on their own. Without a second party organizing this, there work would have sat in their own homes, unseen or unheard. Not every artist is able to take the time and energy and market their work, and having someone who they can voluntarily seek aid from in this end is a good thing.


    "They take work that people do, pay them a fixed salary, and then attempt to extract endless profit from them."

    That's a very limited view of reality.

     

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    The Logician (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 12:37pm

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    Unfortunately, Memyself, the actual data does not correspond to your view of things. It has been proven, time and time again, that the major labels routinely take advantage of those who sign with them by any means possible, and the movie studios commit similar unethical acts through such things as Hollywood accounting. They attempt to purchase laws favorable to their industry, despite that being, by definition, bribery, as Chris Dodd's recent speech has demonstrated.

    Your blindness appears to be so willfull that you cannot fathom any faults with the old system. Why do you fear change? Why do you fear the loss of control? Why do you fear the inevitable advance of technology which makes middlemen and labels obsolete? It is clear your livelihood is tied to the old ways, which is why you defend them so much. Technophobia is, I believe, not an unusual condition, but one which can be treated if you allow it.

    And you continually ignore the reality that price is not equivalent to value. Again, price is not the same thing as value. How many times must it be repeated to you before you understand? What once could be monetized no longer can be, not as it once was. But there are other things that can be monetized, which often more than compensates for the absence of sales of copies, if done correctly.

    Are you even aware, Memyself, that the very nature of a computer involves copying on every level? It is inescapable and thus, illogical to charge for digital copies which can be infinitely reproduced. You can never account for every copy because more can and are easily created all the time. The content creator never loses his or her copy of the work and can always continue to use it to bring revenue via related goods that are truly scarce.

    You will never earn the goodwill of your customers by placing restrictions on them of any kind. People instinctively resent any attempts at control placed upon them by others. The entertainment industry will, in time, face that which it has sought to delay for so long—its own collapse—sooner than you may think. And it will have been entirely because of their own shortsightedness. As long as they are putting themselves first, before their customers, they will not endure.

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 2:12pm

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    "SOPA and PIPA are conceptually sound..."

    Laws that limit the huge innovation growth the internet allows are conceptually sound?

    Laws that "target" infringement and yet will also allow removal of large swathes on non-infringing material are conceptually sound?

    Laws written by industries with huge vested interests and championed by whichever politicians they paid the most are conceptually sound?

    Laws open to gross abuse are conceptually sound?

    Glad you don't have anything to do with writing laws. At least I hope you don't...

    "...unless, of course, one is inclined to put his/her "rights" on a higher plane than the rights of those who created the original work."

    Actually, thanks to constant expansions and abuse of the copyright system by rightsholders, corporations and governments, a large and growing proportion of the populace now hold copyright in very low regard and do in fact hold more fundamental and natural rights on a higher plane. As we all should.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 2:32pm

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    "It has been proven, time and time again, that the major labels routinely take advantage of those who sign with them by any means possible, and the movie studios commit similar unethical acts through such things as Hollywood accounting.

    One: This has not been proven as universally true. Every business model has some flaws, and shitty people who take advantage of others exist in every aspect of life. How many artists have benefited from corporate employment? Exactly what percentage of artists have been treated poorly. Give me some real statistics if you're going to claim that this is a "routine" matter.

    "They attempt to purchase laws favorable to their industry, despite that being, by definition, bribery, as Chris Dodd's recent speech has demonstrated."

    And how exactly is this related to the argument I'm making regarding the potential benefit of "publishers" to artists?

    "Your blindness appears to be so willfull that you cannot fathom any faults with the old system."

    For someone who calls themselves "the logician", you're arguing in quite and illogical manner.

    "Why do you fear change?"

    I Don't. I think it's awesome. Thanks for inferring aspects of my argument that do not relate to anything I said. Again: Illogical.

    "Why do you fear the loss of control?"

    I Don't. I think it's awesome. Thanks for inferring aspects of my argument that do not relate to anything I said. Again: Illogical.

    "Why do you fear the inevitable advance of technology which makes middlemen and labels obsolete?"

    I Don't. I think it's awesome. Thanks for inferring aspects of my argument that do not relate to anything I said. Again: Illogical.

    "It is clear your livelihood is tied to the old ways, which is why you defend them so much."

    I was championing free distribution before there was an internet to speak of, and have been working hard to see my industry shift towards technological distribution since the early 90's. Again, you're full of illogical presumptions. Change your name already.

    "Technophobia is, I believe, not an unusual condition, but one which can be treated if you allow it.

    Okay. That's it. Fuck off already. Seriously. You're an idiot. You make wild presumptions about my beliefs and turn towards scatter shot insults to make unrelated points. Where is the "logic": on this, Logician?

    "And you continually ignore the reality that price is not equivalent to value."

    Where did I claim otherwise? Right... I didn't. You're just a bit of an idiot.

    "Again, price is not the same thing as value. How many times must it be repeated to you before you understand?"

    I didn't claim otherwise. How many times must it be repeated to you before you understand?

    For fuck's sake, you're a complete embarrassment to the concept of "logic". Come back if you want to address the things I actually said, rather than the made-up argument that exists within your sad excuse for a brain.

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 2:42pm

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    take your meds and wipe the spittle off of your screen. Your interwebs privileges are hereby revoked for one month. Go to your room and don't come out until I tell you its time for dinner!

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:18pm

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    "and yet they are still lining up to sign, and hoping that they will be signed up !!!"

    One thing that's allowed the labels to succeed over the decades is the seemingly inexhaustible supply of people who think they'll be the Next Big Thing, and will be made rich and famous by a record label.

    "they still create content, and are able to afford to continue to create content !!!"

    Really? do you not realise that for every successful label musician there have always been hundreds of unsuccessful ones?

    "and they make a profit as an agreed (AGREED) percentage of the earnings gained from the content."

    Go look at the published stats for musicians that have recouped their paid costs and hence started to make a profit. It's a tiny fraction. Most make nothing. The new non-label models let musicians keep most of the profits and hence actually make a decent living.

    "And STILL NOT ONE is FORCING them to sign, they WANT TO SIGN..."

    This is a strawman argument. Nobody has ever claimed anyone is being forced to do anything. This claim shows the weakness of your argument, since you need to make stuff up to strengthen it.

    "I guess the truth and facts are not things you are really interested in..."

    That's an ironic thing to say considering the massive amount of independent research that has been published over the years that debunks arguments like yours, and yet continues to be ignored by the labels as they spiral downwards into obsolescence.

    "If there was no one to sign with, they would simply not make the content in the first place."

    I can't tell if that's a bold-faced lie or a massive denial of reality, but you're utterly wrong.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:19pm

    Whatever happened to ACTA?

    Everyone's attention has recently been focused on SOPA and PIPA. Remember ACTA? Whatever happened to that?

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:22pm

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    "Enforcing copyright is not "censoring content.""

    So what is your preferred term for when non-infringing content is taken offline without any adversarial process in a broad sweep to net infringing content?

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 4:36pm

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    "Actually, thanks to constant expansions and abuse of the copyright system by rightsholders, corporations and governments, a large and growing proportion of the populace now hold copyright in very low regard and do in fact hold more fundamental and natural rights on a higher plane. As we all should."

    And well they should, because the fundamental laws that protect our civil rights are above all other laws in this nation. That is why they are called "the supreme law of the land". All other laws a subordinate to them, including copyright, trademark, and patent laws.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 4:45pm

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    "Collateral Damage" is a far more accurate term for what you describe. "Censoring" implies specific intent to silence a certain argument or perspective. Your own example suggests that the intent is directed at infringing content and that the non-infringing just happens to be in the way.

    I don't like that aspect of recent activity myself - but that doesn't make it censorship.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:11pm

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    "What grander way then creating and contributing something new? Why does "participation in the grand conversation" involve downloading the newest episode of Game of Thrones?"

    That's simple. The purpose of copyright is to encourage more art. The fastest way promote that goal is the unfettered access to all art in order to inspire people to create new art from what came before, as all art is created from what came before. Not everyone who downloads episodes of their favorite shows is going to create new art for absorbing the inherent ideas, but some will and more than would if you locked it up behind a pay-wall.

    "What you describe as 'grand conversation' sounds like 'people want stuff for free'."

    That's just your opinion, you have no factual basis to support that. The grand conversation is the sharing of ideas and expression around the world, without limit, which promotes the advancement of our culture.

    "People can want a lot of things. Desire and means do not actually make these things right."

    Again, that's your opinion. Information does not belong to any singular entity. To claim as such would be the misappropriation of culture. Information, knowledge, and culture is not something anyone should have the right to restrict nor limit.

    "That's absurd. I've been producing creator owned content for twenty years. How is corporate media interfering with this?"

    SOPA/PIPA. They are always trying to own the means of communication. TV, Radio, Cable, and print media have been nearly the exclusive domain of the corporate media outlet. The internet is a threat to that control. The internet is not an exclusive club that only the rich media corporations have the means to distribute with. It is a place where the power of distribution is made accessible to the common person. Anyone can now create and distribute content throughout the world, reaching as many people as whom care about your work. That runs counter to their goals of maintaining a captive, passive audience.

    "I think the thing they care alot more about is people pirating rather than paying."

    Anyone who doesn't realize this is a battle over the marketplace and a war on competition from the public is blind. There is one thing that a business always puts at the top of their hit list: competitors. This is obvious information and common knowledge. The fastest path to defeating the competition is to remove the competition from the game. Without competitors, everyone must come to you and then you can name your price. It leads to higher prices, lower quality, and fewer choices. It's not simply the "pirates", its anyone whom competes with them for the mind share. The infringement just so happens to be easier to point a legal finger at than the rest, but they can use that as a platform to pass legislation that enables the censorship of content they do not approve of, for whatever reason.

    Clearly, you don't have a clue if you don't get that.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:18pm

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    You're delusional if you don't think that media corporations don't care about the public's ability to produce their own content on the internet. That's competition. I don't know if you're aware of this, but corporations HATE competition with a passion and will stop at nothing to eliminate it. If people consume user generated content, they aren't spending as much of their time and money of commercial content. They don't like that. They want that to go away and have things go back to the way it was when millions of people sat passively on their couch and consumed what information the media outlets tell them is worthy of their consumption. They want that captive audience and control over information back. That's why they want SOPA and PIPA.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:19pm

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    No, when you are unjustly pushed, you push back.

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:33pm

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    I don't disagree with you, but given the long history of abuse of the DMCA and other laws, do you honesty think SOPA wouldn't be used by someone with the "specific intent to silence a certain argument or perspective." These bills would make that far easier to do than it's ever been, and such censorship should never be easy.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:40pm

    "That's simple. The purpose of copyright is to encourage more art. The fastest way promote that goal is the unfettered access to all art in order to inspire people to create new art from what came before, as all art is created from what came before. Not everyone who downloads episodes of their favorite shows is going to create new art for absorbing the inherent ideas, but some will and more than would if you locked it up behind a pay-wall."

    See, you want to play the "that's your opinion" game. Well guess what? It's your opinion that more people will create art more quickly if they have complete unrestricted access to said art all the time. I disagree.

    Regardless, there are Fair Use laws that protect much of what you argue in favor of. And if you want to argue that those laws could be less restrictive than we're in total agreement. However, you seem to be in favor of the nuclear option: Any form of "paywall" is negative.

    "That's just your opinion, you have no factual basis to support that."

    Really, I could pull quotes from all over the internet of many people declaring exactly what I described. It's not exactly a secret that a certain percentage of vocal pirates quite readily admit that they're in in for the free stuff.

    "The grand conversation is the sharing of ideas and expression around the world, without limit, which promotes the advancement of our culture."

    That you THINK promotes the advancement of culture. You want to turn it into a war of opinion, you cannot actually prove that the next one hundred years would be more artistically enlightened if everything was automatically free without limits than it would be if everything continued to come with a price tag.

    "Information does not belong to any singular entity."

    Again, that's your opinion.

    "To claim as such would be the misappropriation of culture. Information, knowledge, and culture is not something anyone should have the right to restrict nor limit."


    Again, that's your opinion.

    "SOPA/PIPA. They are always trying to own the means of communication. TV, Radio, Cable, and print media have been nearly the exclusive domain of the corporate media outlet. The internet is a threat to that control. The internet is not an exclusive club that only the rich media corporations have the means to distribute with. It is a place where the power of distribution is made accessible to the common person. Anyone can now create and distribute content throughout the world, reaching as many people as whom care about your work. That runs counter to their goals of maintaining a captive, passive audience."

    You didn't answer my question. SOPA and PIPA would have zero impact on my ability as an artist to create and distribute my work. I'll ask again: I've been producing creator owned content for twenty years. How is corporate media interfering with this?

    "Anyone who doesn't realize this is a battle over the marketplace and a war on competition from the public is blind."

    Opinion.

    "There is one thing that a business always puts at the top of their hit list: competitors. This is obvious information and common knowledge."

    It's your opinion that these two services are competitors.

    "It's not simply the "pirates", its anyone whom competes with them for the mind share."

    If this is true, you should easily be able to show multiple examples of this war against independent creation and distribution prior to the shutdown of services that serve as vehicles of piracy. Go ahead.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:43pm

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    So I guess we wouldn't see anything in our history such as financial competitors working with each other towards the mutual goal of stabilizing their industries? See, corporations aren't always one way or the other. And some corporations have seen the value of supporting the interdependent business network they need strong in order to survive.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:44pm

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    I agree that the potential is there.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:51pm

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    What you are referring to are cartels. They are just as bad as monopolies.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:55pm

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    No. Not at all referring to "cartels". Seriously.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:05pm

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    You just described a cartel.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:10pm

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    Only if you presume sinister intent at every corner. I was describing instances where businesses take positive action towards the creation of independent art.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:25pm

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    "Only if you presume sinister intent at every corner"

    Why not? You and the assholes you support presume sinister intent at every corner. Nay! They're SURE its sinister intent. Pay for a movie, they presume your a criminal. Pay for music, they order you to pay for it on EVERY SINGLE DEVICE and ON EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE OF USE, since you know, you're sinister music fan. Pay for a game, and hell man, you'll be lucky not to get he crap beat out since you must be a criminal scumbag, only criminals PAY for games. You use the Internet, it must be sinister intent, you have to be monitored, citizen
    Funny how you MAFIAA apologists always paint it day in day out on here; its only sinister if its from citizens and artists, when corporations do it, its is blessed and just. You people are a fucking joke man.

    Now pick up that can, citizen.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:32pm

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    "So they're just like them, except for that massive difference sitting right there? Except for that thing that would define a publisher the most?"

    Yeah, that one thing makes everything else that is exactly the same nullified. Sure.

    Publishers copy and distribute content made by other people. So does Megaupload.

    Publisher create nothing and only seek to profit through distribution of content. So does Megaupload.

    Publishers make money from the work that other people do. So does Megaupload.

    Publishers fund the content creators and control access to that content. Eh, Megaupload doesn't do that. That's the only difference.

    "They facilitate creation. Not every artist needs that, sure. But many do. And it's a good service to have available to the artists who want it."

    That's false. They fund artists. Nobody needs that funding except for those that want superstar level success. Ordinary work-a-day artists can make a decent living through just making what people like.

    "They don't control. No one is forced to work with any corporation (and publisher really is the wrong word here). They "facilitate" for those that want to participate."

    I didn't say they control the artists. I said they control the flow of goods. Learn to read.

    "Hyperbolic nonsense. I have known so many artists over the years who lack the ability to effectively distribute on their own. Without a second party organizing this, there work would have sat in their own homes, unseen or unheard. Not every artist is able to take the time and energy and market their work, and having someone who they can voluntarily seek aid from in this end is a good thing."

    There's nothing wrong with seeking help, but to think that there is no way to succeed without big budget funding is a foolhardy idea. There is an entire internet of possibilities for an artist to get their name out there and establish a market for the art. Those artists you speak of who failed distribution 101 need to take lessons. It's their own fault if they can't figure out what the many successful independent artists on the internet have learned. Your sad devotion to that obsolete model has not helped you conjure up the public's respect or given you clairvoyance enough to solve the issue of running a content business in a connected world.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:57pm

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    "Yeah, that one thing makes everything else that is exactly the same nullified. Sure."

    If that one thing is the fundamental nature of the entity in question, yes. "Publishers" pay artists to create content. Everything else is secondary top that aspect of their business model.

    "That's false. They fund artists. Nobody needs that funding except for those that want superstar level success. Ordinary work-a-day artists can make a decent living through just making what people like."

    You're making the common failure of only examining this as a financial issue. Many artists do not want to self-distribute. Many of them simply cannot do it. That was the point I was making that you fully misunderstood. Kind of funny given your "learn to read attitude".


    "I didn't say they control the artists. I said they control the flow of goods. Learn to read."

    Nope. What you said was:

    "they control the flow of goods between those that produce them and those that purchase them."

    If your argument is that corporations universally control all media created by the artists they invest in, your making a completely incorrect argument. So I read what you said, I just gave you credit that you didn't actually mean it in such a blatantly stupid manner.

    "There's nothing wrong with seeking help, but to think that there is no way to succeed without big budget funding is a foolhardy idea."

    Again you're making the mistake of thinking it's all about money. Regardless, for some artists a facilitating partner who takes care of all the business ends is absolutely necessary.

    "There is an entire internet of possibilities for an artist to get their name out there and establish a market for the art. Those artists you speak of who failed distribution 101 need to take lessons. It's their own fault if they can't figure out what the many successful independent artists on the internet have learned."

    Bullshit. Some people simply lack the construction to function as independent business entities. Who are you to say that an artist who wants to spend 100% of their energy on their art is wrong to do so. Who are you to judge that an artist who becomes to stressed out to manage distribution channels is a "failure"?

    "Your sad devotion to that obsolete model has not helped you conjure up the public's respect or given you clairvoyance enough to solve the issue of running a content business in a connected world.

    You're a fool. You're trying to make this personal, except you know nothing about me and whether or not I'm successful and exactly what business models I have embraced. Read my earlier posts in this thread. I've already explained the fact that I have been working towards free digital distribution in my industry since the mid 90's. So as for your arrogant presumptions - you know what you can do with them, right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 8:56pm

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    "See, you want to play the "that's your opinion" game. Well guess what? It's your opinion that more people will create art more quickly if they have complete unrestricted access to said art all the time. I disagree. "

    Yes, this is an opinion blog. So yes, we are playing the opinion game. We can state our opinions (and any supporting evidence and reasoning) and you can state your opinions (which mostly lack evidence and reasoning) and readers can decide what to believe.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:21pm

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    See, you want to play the "that's your opinion" game. Well guess what? It's your opinion that more people will create art more quickly if they have complete unrestricted access to said art all the time. I disagree.


    You can disagree all you want people can look at Red Hat and see that they can't enforce any monopoly except for their trademarks and see that they are doing just fine, Arduino another example of openness that works, Jamendo, Magnatune, Youtube, Vimeo, when things are unrestricted people find ways to use them, ways which no one person can come up with, it also creates more opportunities for more people, it creates more economic activity in all income segments not only the higher brackets which in turn creates greater need for services and products which ends up creating more wealth.

    This is not an opinion is a statement of fact or are you stating that lower barriers to access promote the use of something?

    How one guy with the power to stop the entire population of a country from doing something promotes larger adoption of anything?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:23pm

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    Just because someone has the TOOLS doesn't mean they can be a great composer/movie director/game dev/whatever. You still need to study shit for years to have actual talent. A world where the only entertainment is half-assed, worked on an hour a day after work/school user made productions is NOT one I want to live in. You guys can hate companies all you want, but you DO have to admit that their productions are 1000 times better than what some person in their spare time could do.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:25pm

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    "If that one thing is the fundamental nature of the entity in question, yes. "Publishers" pay artists to create content. Everything else is secondary top that aspect of their business model."

    You're so full of shit, it's coming out of your ears.

    "Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of literature or information—the activity of making information available to the general public." - Wikipedia

    "a person or company whose business is the publishing of books, periodicals, engravings, computer software, etc." - Dictionary.com

    "One that is engaged in publishing printed material." - the free dictionary

    I don't see anything about funding being their primary function. So, you were saying?

    "Many artists do not want to self-distribute. Many of them simply cannot do it."

    If they don't want to, that's their choice. They can if they want to. There is no excuse for not being able to self-distribute in this age. But you go ahead and make up false dilemmas.

    "If your argument is that corporations universally control all media created by the artists they invest in, your making a completely incorrect argument. So I read what you said, I just gave you credit that you didn't actually mean it in such a blatantly stupid manner."

    You are a petty and offensive debater. You argue from the shittiest reasoning and throw in insults at the same time. You're completely convinced that you're totally right and everyone else it totally wrong.

    You never admit being wrong, no matter how many facts contradict your arguments. Your arguments are one-sided and you clearly have no interest in hearing from the other side other than to tell them they are wrong despite everything you say being entirely your opinion and delusional beliefs on how things work. You never have anything real to back up your ridiculous claims, but you yammer on about how much you know about it all. Clearly you are a troll and not at all interested in an honest debate. So go to hell. I won't be responding to you ever again you puffed-up, arrogant know-it-all.

     

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    The Logician (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:31pm

    None of the claims you have made, Memyself, have been substantiated by any empirical evidence whatsoever. You can research the very well-known history of artist abuse by major record labels very easily, if you care to do so, and it has been detailed here at Techdirt many times also. The vitriolic nature of your response indicates that a nerve has been touched, and that there is more truth in what I said than what you are willing to admit. Else why would you lack concern over SOPA/PIPA and their effects? Many of your other responses were simply denials but with no evidence to back them up, so they do not stand.


    What you describe as "grand conversation" sounds like "people want stuff for free".


    That statement is why I mentioned the distinction between price and value. If you truly understood that distinction, you would not have made that statement. Also, you say you were supporting free distribution before the internet existed, yet if that were true, you would not have made the statement that you did above. Rather, you would understand that the monetization of copies is no longer feasible in most cases and would agree with what Greevar is saying rather than oppose it.

     

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    The Logician (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:42pm

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    It is quite well-known, AC 134, that the overall quality of content from the major studios and labels has been less than stellar for many years now, and it is the independent creators more often than not whose content is of higher quality. You also fail to understand that when something is a creative passion to someone, they naturally seek to hone their skill whether formally or not as best they can, and to make their work of the best quality that they can because it is an expression of who they are.

    As Stephen King once wrote, thinking of money "constipates the whole process." When financial return is not the primary motivator, quality is more likely to be better. And it is the very companies you admire who are responsible for the lack of quality in mainstream works due to their virtual monopoly and and their paranoia regarding anyone producing any content outside of their system.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:46pm

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:48pm

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    Sinister intent is part of the package of any granted monopoly, it is inherent to that system.

    There is a reason monopolies have a bad wrap.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:50pm

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    Oligopolies are still bad.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:52pm

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    Oh almost forgot and an oligopoly that has the power to exclude others from the market is even worse.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:56pm

    Perfect competition the dream.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_competition

    It is a new year and I really want to see that happen.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 10:39pm

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    "The vitriolic nature of your response indicates that a nerve has been touched, and that there is more truth in what I said than what you are willing to admit."

    A nerve has been touched? Could that be due to your engagement is foolish and unfounded assumptions regarding my opinion?

    You can pretend that my reaction is an indication of that your position holds merit. But such assumptions are foolish. All you're doing is ignoring the very clear reality that you responded to me in an arrogant manner and attached a multitude of positions to me that I do not hold. I have no patience for idiots, and you painted yourself as one.

    "yet if that were true, you would not have made the statement that you did above."

    Except that it is true, and I did. And we're just back to you being a presumptuous asshole. Congratulations on that.

    "Else why would you lack concern over SOPA/PIPA

    If you bothered to read my words with context rather than foolishly attempting to analyze them for hidden meanings, you would see that I clearly stated that personal disagreement with the collateral damage of SOPA and conceded that there is danger of abuse with SOPA. You're taking a very true statement, that SOPA will not affect my business model, and pretending it means something other than what it means. Give up trying to read between the lines and address the things I say rather than the arguments that only exist in your own imagination.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 10:41pm

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    That's the point. We're all discussing opinions. So diminishing someone's opinion by saying "that's just your opinion" is a stupid thing to do - hence my parody of the worthless tactic that had been addressed to me.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 10:44pm

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    "I don't see anything about funding being their primary function. So, you were saying?"

    I didn't know everything in our world was universally defined by the dictionary. Oh right. It isn't. Context fucking matters, And contextually, the primary role of "publishers" is to finance creative projects. Remove that aspect of their being and they aren't what they actually are.

    "If they don't want to, that's their choice. They can if they want to. There is no excuse for not being able to self-distribute in this age. But you go ahead and make up false dilemmas."

    More of your bullshit. We're all capable of fixing cars, right? So we should all be able to fix cars. We're all capable of plumbing and electrical work, so how come specialized knowledge is still valuable? Face reality: Some people are talented at self distribution and some people will never be able to rise from to the challenge. Just because the "tools" are there doesn't mean it's the right job for everyone.

    Pff. "False dilemmas" my ass. This is just basic human nature.

    "You are a petty and offensive debater. You argue from the shittiest reasoning and throw in insults at the same time."

    Dude, you came at me with "learn to read" and you expect civility? get your head out of your ass and take a whiff. Smell, that? It's your hypocritical bullshit.

    I treat people with the contempt they earn. You earned it with your choice to attack me over attacking my argument. In short: Go fuck yourself.

    "You never admit being wrong, no matter how many facts contradict your arguments."

    Read the thread. I politely conceded a point regarding SOPA in this very thread a few hours before you posted the above garbage. Seriously, read your own posts back to yourself and see what kind of a childish asshole you are.

    "So go to hell. I won't be responding to you ever again you puffed-up, arrogant know-it-all."

    Your glass house is quite drafty.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:46am

    I just watched this after a friend was making fun of it.

    This guy is as big of a slimy liar as Masnick is.

    You people are truly sick. And dangerous. Thank god I have a government that is protecting me from you sociopaths.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:19am

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    Quote:
    I didn't know everything in our world was universally defined by the dictionary. Oh right. It isn't. Context fucking matters, And contextually, the primary role of "publishers" is to finance creative projects. Remove that aspect of their being and they aren't what they actually are.


    So? The old die and the young take the place of others, when the old publishing houses die, new ones will come of age and they not necessarily will be financiers it could become a separate thing or both, Microsoft certainly is investing in production, so is Netflix and probably Facebook will enter that market too so they can exclude old distributors from their platform and rip the benefits of a more tidy integration, even Google is doing it.

    Quote:
    Just because the "tools" are there doesn't mean it's the right job for everyone.

    True that is why others will come in and make the platforms for artists to take advantage of it, like Youtube, Facebook, Netflix, Vodo, Pirate Bay, Megaupload, MiniNova, Spotify.

    Did I mention rara.com? A legacy player had the brilliant idea to capture the rest of the 70% of mobile market that don't consume digital at all and don't buy CD's either by selling a subscription to a service that is one penny a month, that guy is the new publisher not labels, he is the new distribution channel, he is the new master.
    The fact that you labels are slaves to Apple today just proves the point.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:24am

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    Thank God the Tea Party showed your government what the people can do, now the liberals should organize too and have their own Tea Party and remove all those Democrats in there that don't comply.

    Not that I regard the Tea Party that much, but they did one thing and that was they showed the Republicans they can unseat anyone of them that doesn't hear them, now they just need to start drafting laws and you are screwed.

     

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    Michael, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:26am

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    You have this natural propensity for diverting attention away from the subject matter at hand and onto your self-centric views.

    Anyone with a semblance of knowledge of SOPA/PIPA, as well as ACTA, knows full well what these bills represent: Corporate control over the internet. And everybody knows that these mega-rich conglomerates do not have the best interests of the public in mind. One only need observe the way these corporations and their subsidaries treat/abuse people. Their contracts essentially strip every artist of ownership of their own work, rob them of their rightful profits and turn them into their own corporate slaves. They routinely outsource jobs and then blame it on piracy, even while turning in record profits. They work out legislation in secret and pay off politicians with bribery money. They send extortionists out to local bars, clubs and mom & pop shops and threaten them into paying their absurd fees or risk facing legal action. You purchase said items from them which always include threats and demands as to what capacity you're allowed to use "their" products.

    Not exactly the bastions of decency and good will.

     

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    The Logician (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:12am

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    Again, Memyself, you have not provided any evidence for your claims, nor have you described how SOPA/PIPA will not affect your business model, or even what that business model is. You have merely responded with additional unsubstantiated denials. Therefore, your argument is invalid. Lashing out merely diminishes your own credibility and accomplishes nothing aside from making you appear as though you are throwing a virtual temper tantrum. You also failed to reconcile the statement of yours which I highlighted with your claim that you understand digital distribution. If you did, you would have no problem with the free sharing of digital files, as you would understand that attempting to monetize them directly in most cases is neither feasible nor sustainable.

     

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    The Logician (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:14am

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    Empirical evidence, please, AC 146. Not backed by the entertainment industry or the government. Or an admission that you are incorrect. Not responding will be taken as such an admission.

     

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    Michael, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:38am

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    " If you did, you would have no problem with the free sharing of digital files, as you would understand that attempting to monetize them directly in most cases is neither feasible nor sustainable."

    While I partially agree with you, I don't view all file sharing as legitimate. Indeed, some of it is tantamount to outright theft. However, I much prefer the internet as it once was. At least so-called pirates never prohibited my access to websites, goods and ideas around the globe. Copyright infringement is and will always be secondary to freedom of speech and the open market which, if big media has their way, will be on the chopping block. I predict that within the coming years, the internet will be severely crippled by oppressive corporate/government interests and major public backlash will result. They want us all to shut our mouths and consume their products and their media propaganda.

     

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    The Logician (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 8:36am

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    Understand, Micheal, that file sharing and replication is part of the very nature of what computers do. You cannot steal that which cannot be reduced. Sharing is addition, and it is multiplication. There is no subtraction. You cannot deprive someone of that which they are incapable of ever losing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:01am

    Simply delaying the inevitable while chasing away the VC money. I don't know what anyone else thinks but the internet will be simply a wasteland without VC and new innovative ideas. I already watched all that leave. The money people are running hard and fast and the majority think they are stupid if they don't hurry up and get out.

     

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    Michael, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:13am

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    It's not the computer's replicating aspect that's of any concern but rather the dissemination of products digitally. I understand that people enjoy sharing things -- it's in our nature. We have to be careful in discerning theft from sharing. If I listen to a song on YouTube, I am stealing nothing. If, however, I download said album w/o paying for it, maybe not everyone is okay with that.

    However, the corporations don't view things the same way. They don't want ANYONE transferring data without themselves acting as their intermediary. All that matters to them is whatever will increase their bottom line and control of content distribution. Piracy is the most convenient excuse because it allows them to portray themselves as the hapless victim. They so badly want to control the internet in much the same way as they do TV, film, print, and entertainment. They already treat their own stables of artists like corporate slaves and have shown contempt for the buying public. Granting these corporate heads reulatory powers over the internet isn't going to completely eliminate piracy -- it is, however, going to put us on the fast track towards a broken, big brother-ish, heavily censored internet.

    Sad thing is, although we've won the battle against SOPA/PIPA for the time being, they're winning the war, what with Megaupload creating a chilling effect across other digital storage/locker sites. Doom and gloom is in the air.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 12:55pm

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    "So? The old die and the young take the place of others, when the old publishing houses die, new ones will come of age and they not necessarily will be financiers it could become a separate thing or both..."

    Entirely irrelevant to the point under discussion. Companies that spend ,money to generate content are not synonymous with companies that only distribute.

    "True that is why others will come in and make the platforms for artists to take advantage of it, like Youtube, Facebook, Netflix, Vodo, Pirate Bay, Megaupload, MiniNova, Spotify."

    Not the same kind of service at all. Those platforms require self-distribution, as opposed to having a company handle the marketing and distribution for you.

    "The fact that you labels are slaves to Apple today just proves the point."

    There we go again with people and there condescending assumptions.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 1:14pm

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    "Again, Memyself, you have not provided any evidence for your claims"

    You don't even appear to know what my claims are.

    "nor have you described how SOPA/PIPA will not affect your business model, or even what that business model is."

    My personal life and how SOPA does or does npt affect my business is 100% irrelevant to any argument I have advanced.

    "You have merely responded with additional unsubstantiated denials."

    False.

    "Therefore, your argument is invalid. Lashing out merely diminishes your own credibility and accomplishes nothing aside from making you appear as though you are throwing a virtual temper tantrum."

    I treat you with the contempt you have earned., You entered our dialog by assigning multiple arguments to me that I did not advance, and attempted to pigeon-hole my perspectives into some pre-built slot that fits your personal world view. But it turns out you're not very good at discerning hidden intent.

    "You also failed to reconcile the statement of yours which I highlighted with your claim that you understand digital distribution. If you did, you would have no problem with the free sharing of digital files, as you would understand that attempting to monetize them directly in most cases is neither feasible nor sustainable."

    So basically you're saying that there are two options - I understand the topic and must agree with you, and if I disagree with you I must not understand the topic. Ha!

    "If you did, you would have no problem with the free sharing of digital files, as you would understand that attempting to monetize them directly in most cases is neither feasible nor sustainable"

    Are you simply an idiot? I guess so. I repeatedly stated that I favor digital distribution and the free business model. Do I need to break this down into simpler words for you?

    For fuck's sake, you can't seem to grasp even the simplest of concepts. Did you read the thread and assume posts by other people belonged to me or something?

    Let me attempt to get through your skull here: I am not inclined to waste time defending or substantiating viewpoints that I neither advanced nor believe. You can attempt to define my perspectives and opinions beyond my clearly written words all you like, but that actions is both foolish and dangerously arrogant.

    Do us both a favor and READ before you respond again.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 1:16pm

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    Understand, Logician, that killing people is part of the very nature of what guns do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:05pm

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    Well it is. Have you crippled any guns to NOT kill people lately?

     

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    Memyself, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:48pm

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    Gun control laws.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:49pm

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    I've never known a gun to just up and kill someone. The old saying about people killing people is certainly true.
    Listen to how the news media reports accidental shootings. They say the gun "went off". Guns don't just decide to "go off". Someone has to pull the trigger or cause the gun to discharge in some way.
    If "killing people is part of the very nature of what guns do", then the same could be said of cars and a lot of other things. But somehow I feel this is part of a whole different debate.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:21pm

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    "It is quite well-known, AC 134, that the overall quality of content from the major studios and labels has been less than stellar for many years now"

    Now hold on here. I didn't say EVERY SINGLE studio makes good stuff. That might have been true 10 years ago, but now I can count the number of TRULY great games/movies/whatever on both hands. Most studios ARE indeed producing horse shit these days, (yes call of duty and beiber wannabes, I'm talking to YOU.) you can't say EVERY single piece of entertainment produced by a major studio today sucks. Because there are a few things that are still good. :P

    The point I was trying to make though, is that some dude in his garage doesn't have the budget or work hours that the studio does, which WILL either affect the quality of the work, or have a ridiculous turn over time due to only working on it an hour a day after work/school. I agree a lot of studios need to get their shit together and connect with their fans and all that other fun stuff, but they (and mid to large sized indie studios perhaps) are the only ones capable of being able to make things like games or an anime in a reasonable time frame. I don't know about you, but I don't want to wait a year or two for a single anime episode because all the people working on it had to get other jobs and only had time to work on it an hour or two a day.

    "You also fail to understand that when something is a creative passion to someone, they naturally seek to hone their skill whether formally or not as best they can, and to make their work of the best quality that they can because it is an expression of who they are."

    I'm a musician myself, so no. I don't "fail to understand." Definitely agree that someone shouldn't be MONEY MONEY MONEY all the time, but it still SHOULD be a concern. Put yourself in a content creator's shoes. Would you feel more comfortable creating something you know your fans will like enough to support, or any random thing because you are "expressing yourself" with no regard to what money you might make? Of course both can be done over a career, but the first one WILL be the majority of what someone creates if it's their job. You say not worrying about money affects the quality of the work in the end...the same can be said if your favorite artist/game dev/whatever had to work on their craft after being a walmart greeter all day.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:22pm

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    And I've never known a computer to just up and copy something. That's the point. Just because a tool or device might have a function inherent to it's nature does not change the fact that someone somewhere must pull the "trigger".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:58pm

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    The Gun Owners Association wants to talk to you about that, just like the interwebz wants to, about your censoring ways.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:59pm

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    And yet we keep hearing that those tools must be banned or crippled to the point of not being able to function properly.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:13pm

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    No. We hear two things. Cripple the tool and/or penalize the abuser of the tool. Between the two I favor going after the one who abuses the tool in question.

    Regardless, the point remains: The ability to use something in a specific manner does not automatically justify the activity in question.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:14pm

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    So you would liken The Gun Owners Association to certain internet factions?

    Interesting.

     

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    Rikuo (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 2:05am

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    Even though this is two days late
    "Labels and studios do not give a hoot about new means for others to produce and distribute content."

    For the past century, the labels and studios have fought tooth and nail against every single new means of producing and distributing content: the player piano, the VCR, the MP3 player, the Internet.

     

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    Michael (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 9:45pm

    Re: Re:

    You have monopolies when you monopolize more than one thing.

     

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    Memyself, Jan 26th, 2012 @ 10:21am

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    Uh... NO. Not at all. A monopoly exists when the entity in question holds exclusive rights to a commodity or service.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2012 @ 1:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Next Steps

    I will admit valkaama is impressive for an indie production, but you are dreaming if you think it compares quality wise to professional productions. The people actually making GOOD money will always have the better productions since they can afford all the fancy effects and whatnot that consumers have come to expect in a movie.

     

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