Where Is The Evidence That Kicking People Off The Internet For File Sharing Is Needed?
from the evidence-please? dept
Techdirt reader Mark Harris (a technologist and actor in New Zealand) alerts us to the submission he made to the government concerning the proposed new copyright law that would effectively create a three strikes rule in that country. His main concern is the same one that has been raised around here plenty of times: where is the actual evidence that this bill is needed or that it will “help”? As always the evidence is lacking. He notes over and over again that no actual evidence is presented to back up this bill. There are claims from industry representatives, based on nothing, but no actual evidence. He concludes by pointing out that the real issue isn’t file sharing, but the industry’s unwillingness to change:
The problem here is not filesharing or even copyright infringement under old rules. The problem is a disruptive sea change in technology that is causing old business models to become irrelevant. It’s not even about people wanting material for free — evidence shows that people will pay even when they don’t have to IF they want to, IF they feel that the object of payment is worthwhile.
The issue facing the content industries especially is an unwillingness to change their business models, even in the face of their irrelevancy. Content business models are about selling scarce things, such as albums and movies. When things can be copied at little or no cost, they are no longer scarce. These industries now want legislators like you to impose artificial scarcities through legislation such as this Bill.
The whole letter is well worth reading.