Entertainment Industry Explains How True Net Neutrality Is Just Another Word For Theft

from the say-what-now? dept

With comments due last week on the FCC's proposed new net neutrality rules, we've already covered some of the filings, while noting the problems of carving out a special exemption for copyright. But, of course, that special exemption for copyright means everything to an entertainment industry that has no interest in adapting its business models. Both the RIAA and MPAA filed their own comments, which were pretty similar, and equally misleading. The RIAA's filing (pdf) repeatedly referred to copyright infringement as "theft" (you would think lawyers would know the difference) and insisted not just that there should be a copyright exemption, but that the FCC itself should require ISPs to act as copyright cops. The MPAA's filing (pdf) is almost a carbon copy of the RIAA's. There is very little difference between the two.

But if you want to see an even more extreme argument, check out the filing from the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA) (pdf), who we'd already pointed out was running around aimlessly screaming that network neutrality would mean more unauthorized file sharing (they call it "piracy"). In the SGA's filing, they claim that net neutrality wouldn't solve any actual problem, and the real problem is the inability of songwriters to get paid in the way they used to, back in the idyllic days before the internet existed. So they'd much rather that the FCC break the internet in order to bring back those days. That's a bit of a paraphrase, but it's really not that far off.

The language used by the SGA goes even beyond that of the others, referring to things like "rampant looting" and insisting that with net neutrality we would face the end of songwriting. Seriously. While the SGA claims that it wants to promote new innovation and technology, it appears to only mean technology that can be used to block file sharing. It's very excited about those technologies, and not at all concerned about all the technologies (even the ones used by lots of folks every day) that would be broken without a neutral internet.

Not that any of these filings are all that surprising, but it does show how low the entertainment industry has decided to stoop in trying to get others to bring back old business models, rather than adapt to the changing times.

Filed Under: net neutrality, rules, theft
Companies: mpaa, riaa, sga

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    Mike Raphone, 18 Jan 2010 @ 5:24pm

    More entertainment industry whining!

    The copyright control agencies, particularly the record labels started the whining about home taping in the mid 1970's long before there was an internet. How quickly we forget how the music industry fought any form of home taping particularly the introduction of Digital Audio Tape technology. The music industry filed numerous lawsuits assuring failure the format. Then of course there was the fight against the MP3 technology. The entertainment industry are the reverse Luddites of the Twenty First Century. Unlike the Luddites of the 1800's destroying automatic weaving equipment the music and movie Luddites are fighting any new technology that would give individuals more freedom how they use and play the media that they paid for. Consumers have no hope. Our corrupt government will continue support big business and fail to provide a balance between consumer interests and big business interests until the unlimited flow of money between big business and lawmakers is stopped.

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