At my fencing class we play British Bulldog with swords - you take a touch, you join in the middle. It's fantastic fun.
I do have to wonder if now, though, my parents must have been in the minority, as they accepted the bruises and scrapes I got at school from running, playing and climbing trees with a kind of weary acceptance.
Its inevitable that kids get hurt at some point. Learning to deal with pain is an important life skill. Minimising risk is sensible, eliminating risk is not only impossible, but attempting it causes more problems than it solves.
The primary effect of infringement is to create abundance from scarcity - like the loaves and fishes parable in the Bible.
I can I can see it now. The Bible as re-written by MPAA et al. where the baker reports Jesus for infringing on his copyright for making unauthorised copies of his loaves of bread. He ends up on the cross a wee bit earlier and Judas is wandering around confused going 'Wasn't I supposed to be involved in this somehow?'
I also must agree with those above in the comments. Sony have shown little inclination towards protecting consumers thus far. The stance on used games and always-on at E3 is admirable, but its not carved in stone. And the fact that early indications are that online multiplayer will require PS+ membership is a bad sign of things to come.
Howeve,r if someone held me at gunpoint and asked me to pick Sony or Microsoft right now, I'd probably pick Sony.
As always, vigilance and strong consumer pressure is required here, methinks.
What about reviews of content deemed to be subject to the 'sin tax', Would film and games reviewers also be subject to it? What about adverts in magazines for violent games/films/etc? Or billboards? Trailers on youtube? Where exactly is the line drawn?
Do any politicos truly think before they speak? Sometimes I get reminded of my brother-in-law who has ADHD - there seems to be no mechanism in between 'think stupid thing -> Say stupid thing'
Transformative works sites such as OverClocked Remix (a website that provides fan-created remixes and re-imaginings of video game music) has provided their product for free via torrent for a long, long time now.
And before anyone gets on their high horse about remixes being infringing, OC Remix has a long history of being supported by the gaming industry, several of the sites remixers have gone on to produce music for game developers - such as Lee Brotherton/Bentley Jones hwo has done music for SEGA. And at least one entire game soundtrack (I believe it was one of the MegaMan games) has been produced entirely by OC remix contributors.
Even if we take this completely bonkers claim as truth, I find it amusing he seems to be announcing it like a victory.
'No French films have been downloaded! There has been no positive word-of-mouth about upcoming French films. No one has discovered a French film for the first time via the internet. No one has watched an otherwise out-of-print French movie through the power of the internet, therefore exposing our cultural heritage to a generation who would not be otherwise able to enjoy it! VICTORY! ...wait.'
If, one the one hand someone is making a movie/book/comic/album with a budget of, say, £1,000. He or she decides to charge charging £1 per digital copy and £5 for a physical copy. Say he or she sells 2,000 digital copies and 100 physical copies. That's still a profit of £1,500.
On the other hand, there is someone who is making a movie/book/comic/album with a budget of £2,000,000. He or she charges £15 for a digital copy and £40 for a physical copy. He or she sells 10,000 digital copies and 5,000 physical copies. That only makes them 350,000, far short of their budget. They sold far more, but made far less.
The solution? well, if you're Hollywood, apparently the answer is 'put the guy with a budget of £1,000 out of business'.
But if you have the ability to do simple mathematics, the answer is obviously 'Reduce the f***ing budget, moron'.
Oh goody, the UK Government and courts and now involved in the same pointless, self-defeating game of whack-a-mole as the US. Charming.
Should be noted that it's only the six major ISPs who have been asked to follow this. Meaning anyone with half a brain and desire to go to the Pirate Bay should probably switch ISPs forthwith. Or, y'know, just use a proxy.
The UK Pirate Party provides it's own proxy. One reason I signed up to join 'em. Anyone else going to be sailing under the Jolly roger after this?
The loss of the 'Rock Star' business would not be much of a loss at all. how many people have we seen be destroyed by this 'industry'? Driven to slow suicide of massive amounts of alcohol and drugs by the constant pressure, the constant attention from the media, the studios, the record labels, the public...
We as consumers are also pressured to love the 'next best thing' by the labels who want to shill their new hot pick - the lucky 0.01% they have elevated to stardom. We must like who they want us to like, we must pay what they want us to pay.
We see these 'rock stars' in every kind of advert imaginable, showing us images of an unattainable goal. I'd be much happier if the goal was attainable for many, many more people. The pressure would be less on those who 'made it' and we would have a real choice in what we wanted to like and what we wanted to pay for the experience.
Rock and roll is dead.
Long live rock and roll.
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