Music Industry Copies Language Of Copyright Reformers In Pushing For Three Strikes
from the oh-come-on dept
It’s really funny to watch the entertainment industry lobbyists use a popular trick among disingenuous debaters: it tries to flip the arguments being used towards themselves against their opponents. For example, we’ve seen copyright maximalists argue against those of us who question the need for gov’t intervention in issues like copyright claim that copyright represents a true free market, and weakening copyright law is somehow unfair gov’t meddling in the free market. The latest trick is particularly neat. Plenty of people argue that all of the attempted changes that the entertainment industry has been pushing for around the world are unnecessary attempts by this industry to prop up an obsolete business model. Would you believe that the entertainment industry is now using the same language in favor of its proposals?
Indeed. As lots of people are pushing back on dangerous plans to “kick people off the internet,” ISPs have pointed out how costly such a three strikes policy would be for ISPs who are suddenly drafted to be copyright police. In response, the head of BPI, the major UK music lobbyist group, responded by charging that ISPs were relying on an obsolete business model. Seriously:
“BT is clinging on to an old business model which is supported by illegal downloading. That’s not only unfair to artists and creators, but penalises BT’s many customers who use the internet legally,”
This implies — incorrectly — that file sharing is somehow a massive boon to ISPs. The very same ISPs who keep claiming they need to use traffic shaping to prevent any network from being overloaded by file sharing. It’s pretty ridiculous to claim that ISPs are relying on file sharing as any sort of business model at all. A huge percentage of people have internet access, not because of file sharing, but because these days it’s hard to get through life without an internet connection. Suggesting that they make their money because of file sharing is patently ridiculous. It’s the sort of thing that a reporter should push back on, when an industry rep spews such nonsense.