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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    Ein Sneedle, 1 Jun 2000 @ 5:27pm

    Speaking of idiocy

    First he talks about how intellectual property can be stolen, and that this affects you the ordinary car-owning, mortgage-paying serf. Not copied, stolen. Because of course if he said "how would you feel if someone made an exact copy of your car, and was driving around in it right now and you didn't know" he wouldn't get much sympathy.

    Then he says that if it weren't for intellectual property laws, there would be no content on the web. Again, I guess he implies that when IP is 'stolen' the original ceases to exist.


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