This Is Wrong: 'Without The Content Industries, The Internet Would Be Empty'

from the let's-try-that-again dept

One of the annoying things about many in the entertainment industry who want to change the laws and the technology on the internet is that they've shown up late to the party. The internet was originally created as a communications medium, rather than a content one. And, for many years, it worked just fine -- and whatever "content" that was on the web was a part of the communications effort. It's only in the last decade or so (even less for some parts) that the old entertainment industry jumped online with its broadcast media mindset. But, rather than learning to understand and respect the fact that it's a communication medium, where things like sharing content aren't just possible, but the norm and an absolute "good thing," they simply insisted that something must be broken, and that it needed to be fixed.

They looked on the internet not for what it was (and is), but what they wanted it to be. To them, it was just a slightly more interactive version of what they had always done -- and they assumed that everyone would bow down to their wishes, because, obviously, everyone just wants that mass market content.

No statement encapsulates that more than the following, spoken by one Anthony Healy, director of the Australasian Performing Right Association, discussing the various proposals for new copyright laws in New Zealand, where he somehow states with a straight face:
"Without the content industries, the internet would be empty."
Oh really? Why not try it, and let's see. The quote, by the way, was brought to us by Andrew Dubber, who properly calls Healey the "Wrongest Man on the Internet, July 2009." However, this really is how some of these guys think. They don't think that the internet really existed before they discovered it, and they think that everyone logs onto YouTube just to catch the latest TV clips. They don't realize that people use it to communicate and share and collaborate -- and that's a lot more useful than using it to get fed some mass market entertainment junk.

Filed Under: anthony healy, content, copyright, internet, new zealand


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    Ryan, 20 Jul 2009 @ 3:27pm

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    Now it would be nice if they would stop, but they won't, unless it becomes profitable to do so, or are forced to by government.

    Amusing statement, given that government is precisely what makes it profitable, or even possible, in the short term to attempt to restrict content exchange instead of embracing it. If the government merely stayed out, "content industries" would be completely at the whims of consumers, and thus forced to create a viable business model that produced value for the rest of us instead of destroying it.

    It would be nice if they where in business to run nice businesses, but there not, they want money.

    Yeah, that's the point of running a business. It would be nice if hookers looked like supermodels and worked for free for the sake of the common good, but the damn bitches just always seem to be about the money. They have it backwards, though; internet users will get along just fine with whatever the hell incumbent content industries decide to do, because somebody else will always come along and fill market voids. The only reason its even an issue is that we let government get involved and force us to get owned or get boned.

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