Scary Speech from Edgar Bronfman Jr. of Seagrams

from the scary-stuff... dept

If you haven't seen the text of Edgar Bronfman Jr.'s speech about the internet, you should definitely read it. It's getting passed around like crazy, and people (reasonably so) are up in arms about it. It reads like a paranoid madman grasping at straws, and trying to convince people it is their patriotic duty to make sure that only the big corporations have control over the internet. It's mindsets like these that cause problems. While he might not say it directly, what he's basically saying is that people, in general, are dangerous idiots, and only a select few (such as himself) should be allowed to tell people what they can and cannot look at on the internet (and how much they have to pay him for that right). I'm tempted to send an economics text book to Mr. Bronfman, because I think he needs a refresher course.

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    Wizard Prang, 7 Dec 2005 @ 10:45am

    Re: A paranoid madman calls the kettle black

    Wow. All that name-calling is _so_ insightful.

    Beautifully written, I grant you, but lacking any semblance of a point.

    Like you, I believe in paying for my entertainment - the industry cannot survive otherwise.

    However, the Industry is trying to remain constant in a world that has changed. A "STOP THEM!!" mentality and buggy-whip legislation are signs of a crumbling paradigm.

    A major part of the problem is that the law still thinks of Copyright as something to do with copying, while it is really about Commercial Exploitation.

    DRM does not work - Sony should have learned that by now, but they won't - and any restrictions they try to place on what I can do with _MY_ stuff after _I_ have purchased it will meet with the most vehement opposition that I can muster.

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