But… But… Piracy…

from the just-having-some-fun dept

You’ve probably seen those XtraNormal videos going around these days, where you type out a script and some text-to-speech software and animation software create a short video. I thought it might be fun to experiment with this to see what came of it. Here’s my first attempt at a short video that I call “But… But… Piracy.”

Yes, some of the dialog is silly, but all of it is based on claims that I’ve seen people actually use in these discussions.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Heh.

It’s about time the net’s biggest piracy apologist made his own propaganda video.

I especially liked the part where he used “antiquated business models” and “little to back up” any evidence of harm.

Of course if there is no harm from piracy, why is the business model “antiquated”?

No one can talk out of both sides of his mouth better than Masnick, and yet still fail on both counts. Impressive.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Heh.

Because it fails to keep up with technological and social trends.

You seem extremely confused. The music industry has always embraced technology and new social trends, and continues to do so today. Go to any of the social network sites, itunes, amazon, or some of the streaming sites and see for yourself.

So care to try again?

Maybe you can do a better job of explaining Mike’s blatant and hilarious contradictions than he did, because all he did was punt and resort to personal insults. As usual.

vivaelamor (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Heh.

“The music industry has always embraced technology and new social trends, and continues to do so today. Go to any of the social network sites, itunes, amazon, or some of the streaming sites and see for yourself.”

Yes, I agree. The music industry has always embraced technology and new social trends. I’d like to see evidence that the recording industry has too, though. Even the smaller labels are a mixed bag when it comes to technology.

You mention iTunes, which was originally crippled by labels insistence on DRM. Both iTunes and Amazon MP3 came years after the industry decided to sue Napster and neither originated from the industry itself. Prominent people in the industry express regret at how they handled Napster. The industry has done it’s best to kill off popular streaming sites and has imposed region restrictions on many independent services.

Even today, iTunes and Amazon MP3 offer inferior products to CDs and the industry is trying to extort money from ISPs for letting people access their content.

“Maybe you can do a better job of explaining Mike’s blatant and hilarious contradictions than he did, because all he did was punt and resort to personal insults”

Personal insults like “no one can talk out of both sides of his mouth better”? Oh, wait, that was you. I notice that you didn’t provide any actual information, data or evidence to back up your position this time either. Just as Mike observed.

Mike Masnick (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Heh.

No one can talk out of both sides of his mouth better than Masnick, and yet still fail on both counts. Impressive.

I love the fact that you come here every day and bitch about my posts… and *not once* have you provided actual information, data or evidence to back up your position.

What I find really funny is you think people take you seriously and don’t take me seriously.

By the way, how did your “overnight calls” to the record labels to get them to sue me for defamation go? I’ve been waiting.

vivaelamor (profile) says:

Re: I want to hear "but but piracy"

“but the music track over the dialog was too distracting for me to parse the voices. Any way to can the music? I want to enjoy this!”

You might want to try the subtitles I made too. I can’t get rid of the music, but at least you’ll know what they’re saying. I think I did a pretty good job of keeping the narrative flow, though being up against automated voices hardly proved a challenge there.

Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile) says:

About that character model...

He doesn’t look… well… “anonymous” enough. Perhaps some sort of fake mustache is in order.

Other than that, I liked it. Someone once mentioned that internet fuckwad syndrome could be drastically reduced if the comment box ran it by as text-to-speech first. Hearing these comments out loud seems to confirm that.

Anonymous Coward says:

I’m opposed to the protectionist laws being considered for reasons other than the debate over what constitutes privacy or it’s *actual impact on the economy. I’m opposed to it on the grounds of human rights. The right to express one’s self is more important than some legal pools right to prosecute anyone they suspect of violating their copyright. I’m concerned about privacy and most importantly I’m concerned about the inequitable penalties imposed upon individuals, for whats tantamount to trespassing. File sharers are not the only ones taking notes here. More and more mega corp. companies are getting into the SLAP game seemingly everyday. Deep corporate pockets are bulldozing citizens rights and the Govt. seems powerless to stop them. This has moved way beyond the internet…

Duke (profile) says:

Copyright in the video

This is a little off-topic, but one of my first thoughts after watching the video was “Who owns the copyright in the video?” [Yes, I’ve been spending too much time around lawyers and copyright lobbyists]

Having now skim-read through the rather extensive terms and conditions on the website, I’m not sure they know the answer either, but it is an interesting question (similar to the question of who owns the copyright to save-game files generated by a computer game).

Anonymous Coward says:

I struggle with how techdirt on one hand is against government regulation when it comes to music and movie protections because it is unduly influenced by corporate entities…but on the other hand generally endorses the government growth in all other areas. It is such a hypocritical take that only in this area is government influence bad. From the TSA, to health and welfare, to banking, to even energy policy, in every area that government influence is seen it is hi-jacked by industrial lobbyists. Locked down to prevent competition, over regulated to make it impossible for the small companies to compete, and loop holed into giving overly specific tax breaks to individual companies who happen to be large donors IE: GE, BP, and others. GE makes 14 billion and pays no taxes due to specific loopholes, the RIAA gets homeland security to bring its immense manpower out to tackle piracy. The more influence you give government the more it will be swayed by special interests to take advantage of the general populace. It was no mistake that the hollywood and music industry’s love affair with President Obama is resulting in viewing copyright infringement as a terrorist threat, yet people continue to miss the connection because they refuse to connect dots where they do not want them to be.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

That is the one quibble I have about Mike’s position, because I like net neutrality and want some laws to come with it to guarantee that it won’t be abused, but he keeps talking about unintended consequences which are a real problem and concern but so is anti-slapp legislation that could end up being something totally different if it was thrown to the wolfs in the legislative.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

I’ve been reading TD for some years now, and I can’t’ say I’ve found Mike to be a ‘more government…except for copyrights!’ promoter. More like a ‘we need better/smarter/realistic law, not necessarily more law’ type of mindset underneath an arch of ‘stop crying and start working if you wanna make a buck these days’ – adapt or die, in other words.

That’s not a catch phrase that applies only to copyright/patent situations, btw. Nor just business.

ChrisB (profile) says:

Xtranormal points?

Looks like fun. I went over there to try it out, and now it costs to use. You get 300 free Xtranormal points when you sign up, which will allow you to make about one movie. So what is their business plan exactly? Not only do the users who generate the content invest their time, but they also have to pay? Ya, that’s going to work.

Tom Landry (profile) says:

1.) don’t use human models

2.) don’t use a music bed

3.) simply the speech. You want the one pontificating to sound like a 15 year old who just read a biased article. You want the other to ask simple logical questions with a few retorts.

4.) keep the text-to-speech less natural and more digitized.

A good effort but you’re trying to fit too many bullet points of the pro/anti piracy controversy. Just concentrate on the most moronic and easily debunked aspects of the issue in the fore. Keep it light an humorous.

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