AP Looks At Piracy Around The World… Misses The Real Story
from the if-it-sounds-good,-run-it dept
It seems that someone at the Associated Press must have bought the Big Content industry’s storyline about the “threat of piracy” hook, line and sinker. The folks there have come out with a series of stories talking up what a huge threat piracy is in places like Mexico, Russia and (of course) China. Throughout all three stories, the industry line is portrayed without any question, including the BSA’s typically bogus stats on how piracy “hurts” local industry — ignoring how it can help local industry as well. It’s not surprising that the AP doesn’t bother to mention how all that piracy helped created new and different business models for musicians in China that let them thrive despite the piracy (actually, in some cases, because of it). Nor does the AP bother to mention how software piracy helped boost certain aspects of the industry in China by decreasing the cost of inputs. This isn’t to defend piracy — but to note that there’s a lot more to this story than what the various industry associations would have you believe. Would it be so hard for someone like the Associated Press not to take the corporate PR line, and maybe present a slightly more thoughtful set of articles? Apparently, that’s too much work.