Entertainment Industry Again Says Everyone Else Must Protect Its Business Model
from the please,-please-help-us dept
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is hosting its annual tech policy conference in Aspen, and given that it’s PFF we’re talking about, it’s chock full of entertainment industry folks without any input from anyone who questions the basic premise that the entertainment industry puts forth: that content creators need to charge for each individual copy of their works. Thus, it should come as no surprise that a panel of entertainment industry lobbyists fell into the usual routine of insisting that everyone else — mainly ISPs — be responsible for protecting the entertainment industry’s business model.
The reasoning seems to be the same as always: the entertainment industry itself has found it too difficult to come up with a business model (even as those who have escaped the traditional bounds of the industry seem to be figuring it out on their own), and thus others simply must be responsible for propping up the business model. If you put them all on a panel together, of course, they’re going to whine and complain that others have to fix their business model for them — but that doesn’t mean it’s true. There are plenty of business models that they could embrace on their own, requiring no assistance from others. That they chose not to is their own mistake — not the fault of companies in a totally separate industry.