Latest Entertainment Industry Struggles
from the put-'em-all-together dept
Figured we might as well start combining some of the articles discussing just how badly the entertainment industry keeps missing the boat. First, we have the usual dire report from the music industry saying that file sharing is killing their business. When people point out that they’re not producing very much good music any more, the industry just says “yes, but that has nothing to do with it… it’s all those damn kids and their music stealing.” What’s funny is that with all the efforts going around for people to “boycott the RIAA”, if that has any effect, it looks like the industry is just going to blame the decrease in sales on file sharing. You get the feeling that the recording industry would blame the greenhouse effect on file sharing if they could get away with it. Meanwhile, Hollywood is increasing their efforts to prevent their industry from following in the music industry’s footsteps. However, as expected, their attitude is just as backwards, and the end results are likely to be just as bad. The one good thing they’ve done, however, is realize that they needed to lower the price on legitimate DVDs to compete (something the music industry is just barely starting to experiment with). However, instead of realizing that watching movies is a social entertainment experience, and figuring out ways to enhance the live experience of watching a movie – they’re trying the “education” route where they tell people “file sharing is bad!” It’s the same strategy the music industry has been trying – and it simply doesn’t work. Most people recognize, intuitively, that file sharing is not the same as theft and any message telling them it is, is pretty clearly seen as propaganda. Meanwhile, on the other side of the legal equation, some folks in Massachusetts have set up a site to raise money for those who are being threatened by the RIAA. If you think that these people have been treated unfairly, feel free to help them out.