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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    daretoeatapeach, 9 Jun 2008 @ 3:51pm

    Seems like all this misses the point

    Forgive me for necroposting (surfed here from comment #11 on http://techdirt.com/articles/20080606/1752191338.html). Seems like no one here is getting what to me is the more obvious point. Everyone is talking about whether the copies should be paid for or free, but who are we talking about paying? These lawsuits are not coming from the artists but the destributors. The internet is a far superior distribution system; the product the record companies provide, distribution, is now superfluous. I am happy to pay to see a band perform and slightly less for a copy of that performance (in the same way that a print is worth less than a painting). I am also willing to pay emusic a pittance for the distribution of their product. Most people downloading today would agree with this and feel that the the distributor is taking more of the pie than they deserve. But when you confuse the artist with the distributor I wonder if any of you understand the issue at all (no offense).

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