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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    tomomary, 12 Dec 2006 @ 4:00pm

    Re: Re: A paranoid madman calls the kettle black

    I have seen this coming since the invention of the now obsolete concept of
    recording movies on a VCR. 1970. Video Cassette Recording, if you remember, VCR, was meant to merely shift the time that one could watch a film to a more convenient time. A side benefit was that one could watch more than once. Back then films were being broadcast over one of three networks perhaps only once a year. It was free. TV was free! To the consumer anyway. It wasn't free from the movie maker. His film family or production group was reembursed by advertisers. But, the unsophisticated thought TV programs to be free.

    The new technology, Video Cassette Recording could be used by one to record a film and play it over your own VCR machine at home, at will, for a rental fee. It was perceived that one "owned" the film if one bought it from Blockbuster. But. One did not own it. If you remember a huge FBI warning that said do not copy or go to prison. But, many people copied films anyway because they "owned" it and felt in no danger of being caught. It was on the home shelf wasn't it.

    I hear it now..."Let's just play it for my friends...Let's just show it over the internet to my friends for free." Somehow along the way young generations of children knowing no different regarded this freeware as acceptable and even wonderful. They long ago stopped caring about the FBI warning.

    Now after being in the production of films for 36 years. And losing more money to pirates than one could imagine. It is clear in a moral society that a pirate is a criminal. A thief. This understanding is world-wide and has been so since caveman days. There are petty thieves and their are thieves so gross as to take whole countries away from their fellow men. If this were food (not just a bit of entertainmnet) that you grew on your own farm that cost you money and a years labor one would regard it to have great value. But, what if someone stole it in the night and ate it all before your own family could eat. How then would one feel about the morality of thieves? The theft of intellectual property is a moral and real crime against one's neighbor. If it gets to be a life and death level of intellectual property theft? Say, missile technology. Then the crime becomes more dangerous. It makes a difference if one is on the receiving end of a multi-warhead nuclear weapon that was constructed from stolen intellectual property known as "Blueprints".
    Once a society is corrupted completely and loses the all important "Good Citizenship" of it's people, then societal destruction is not far behind. The "Trust" between people collapses. A sense in common. "Common Sense" is the understanding that makes society work. These are the unspoken rules which guide the hearts of human beings. All else is left to lawyers and the rule of law and the justice system.

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