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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    skippy, 20 Jul 2009 @ 11:12pm

    big disconnect

    "Actually, if you removed all music and all movie files from the net, all music reviews, all movie reviews, all the celeb pics, the blogs, the rumor sites, the torrent sites and all that which pushes movies and music, and internet traffic would drop like a stone. "

    That's not really true if the "content industry", meaning those who create mass market content, removed all of their files individuals would still be creating websites, blogs, and all of the other accessory content with out the main content industry ever being involved. It was there before the mass market content industry ever got enough nerve to get involved.

    The problem most have with what the mass market content industry is doing, is that now that they have decided to grace the internet with their content they are trying to use the courts to limit their competition and make their content all that the internet is used for.

    I recall when there were no mass market content industries on the internet and while there was pirated material there was far more content created by those who used it and distributed it. In my opinion it was far more interesting. I even remember having to dial directly into a BBS. The content industry sure wasn't on any BBS I went to, and it was better for it. The content that was created on the BBS was far more useful, entertaining, and the correctness/validity was head and shoulders better then what is currently on the internet.

    The bottom line is that mass market content industries should not be allowed to crush private content and competitors from creating content and distributing it. After all the internet does not belong to them, rather it is owned by many. Not to mention that these monopoly tactics are not even allowed in the off line world.

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