The problem is, Bob, that time after time sponsors of SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and other measures that seem to seek to limit the use of people on the internet of music, tell us that it's easy to tell when something is infringing on copyright.
Now not only has the automated system failed, not really surprising, but when a human being supposedly reviewed the claim the copyright was again claimed with little or no recourse to the real owner of any copyright that may apply.
The only thing that actually got him is rights back is the fact that he got a bunch of publicity because he posted his complaint in the right places.
That's not how things should work.
I can't help thinking that the blindness of the big media companies to the real reasons for the opposition to SOPA/PIPA is that they don't want to see that there has been a change in communication that they can't adapt to.
In the 1600's it was the printing press that revolutionized communication and "unofficial" printing presses were destroyed.
The internet was sneakier in that it started as a sort of geeky thing that most people didn't understand, remember when people said computers would be good for keeping recipes? Then email happened and grandmothers all over the place adopted it.
Now big content providers want to put the internet back in the box and limit it to business communications.
Unfortunately for them people have gotten used to instant and open communications and media and now the internet is the 2,000 gorilla that doesn't want to be boxed.
According to R A Heinlein, this is a loose quote, the difference between a business politician and a populist is that a business politician stays bought.
A populist, if convinced that it's for the good of the people will geek. Meaning change his vote.
Part of the Hollywood unions problem is that they are having a problem perceiving themselves as the bad guys in this.
The studios have sold a bill of goods that the reason for all of the problems in the world is the internet and the "thieves" who are stealing their content.
Unions are used to being on the "liberal" side of arguments and don't like to see themselves as limiting freedom of expression.
Their perception is that they are the good guys on the side of the "people".
The reality is that this time they got caught on the side of the devils that they think that they are fighting.
It seems to me that their problem is that the *AAs have not figured out that communication has changed.
When my dad was a kid, 1940s there was radio and newspapers. One way communications only. When a small group wanted to get it's message out they had to print it somehow. Buy a small press, mimeograph or something like that.Telephone was around but it was one to one and not everyone had one.
When I was a kid it was pretty much the same with the addition of TV but it was still one to many. If I wanted to communicate it was still pass out newsletters that I printed somehow.
As I reached early adulthood there were copy machines. Still paper based but easier than printing.
What the *AAs don't understand is that now one person can get on Facebook and post a message that can, literally in hours, go all across the world if enough others are interested in it.
Some of them are my age and just haven't caught up yet. They have secretaries that check their email and hire techies to "Do that web stuff."
They don't ever get on web sites, can barely get on the internet.They don't get many to many communications.
This is why they don't understand what's going on. Their whole lives have been spent in a one to many world of mass communication and they can't get used to the fact that in this world there is a many to many form of communication. They aren't interested in learning and THEY ARE IN POWER RIGHT NOW.
We can wait till they die off but in the mean time they will cause extreme harm to our nation, world and it's progress and maybe to the internet itself.
Part of our job now is to get through this transitional period without these dinosaurs doing too much damage.
I was surprised to see the email this morning in my inbox but it was a happy surprise.
I had assumed that the fix would be in at the White House too.
It is my hope that everyone can take a step back and look at the possibilities and opportunities here.
The exaggeration of damages by the big players in the entertainment industry has often obscured exactly what the problem is and exactly the scope of it really is.
Hopefully a rational approach to stopping counterfeit goods, which can cause damage to health and well being can be found and a middle ground can be found.
The thing is that no TV news broadcast gets by without at least two or three references to "if you need more information go to our web site..."
They push their own web properties constantly. I really wonder if they care about anything else.
Where is the upside for EA? If they support then even more people will hate them.
If, on the other hand, they declare their dislike of the bill then they alienate the people in the industry that they may need to cooperate with later.
I tried to read "Fahrenheit 451" years ago when I often read a book every two days.
I couldn't get through it. I did make it through most of the stories in "The Illustrated Man" but once I read it I took it to the used book store and traded it in. I've read and enjoyed books by dozens of authors but Bradbury is entirely over rated IMHO.
It seems to me that the haters are coming out of the woodwork, they have less to say, less logic in their statements and more vitriol.
Of course they aren't going to read this, just post how Mike is a freetard, a thief and a pirate.
There is no content to such posts and whoever is paying them to do it should dock their pay.
Everybody get an instrument and learn to play. Don't ever buy any music just make your own.
Don't ever play in public, not even at parties you might fall afoul of the music police.
I give the labels about two years before they fall apart and lose their influence and then we can get rid of some of these ridiculous laws.