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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    R. Miles (profile), 21 Jul 2009 @ 3:54am

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    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.
    I disagree with this. I was there when the internet started turning into a household word, as more and more people found the internet to be the new place to buy items.

    Amazon is not a content industry, nor is eBay. Many of these sites were around long before movies and music sites started "destroying" the internet. Once the "content industry" started getting involved, rules were changed in their favor which removed many options people found exciting.

    Napster comes to mind very quickly. Content industry? Hell no, but it was the content industry which destroyed this company.

    What's dropping like a stone is the IQs of content industry executives who feel that bringing extortion business models to the internet is the best idea since sliced bread.

    The **IAs of the world are the problem. Content has *never* been a problem until such a time SHARING required a payment.

    I don't know about you, but when was the last time YOU charged someone for sharing something you own?

    Think about that. The rest of your post has some merit, but then you also discount the fact most people are consumers in the "real" world as well, given not many manufacture goods at all (re, create content).

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