Entertainment Industry Get Their Own 'Piracy Police' In The Justice Department

from the thank-you,-joe-biden dept

Remember back in December when Vice President Joe Biden hosted a one-sided "piracy summit", ridiculously declaring that "all of the stakeholders" were present (despite there not being a single representative from the technology industry, nor anyone representing consumer interests or ISPs). The "stakeholders" were entirely the entertainment industry. And, even better, despite promises of openness and transparency, the press was kicked out so top execs from most of the major entertainment industry companies could collude talk directly with many of the top administration officials, including Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and others. You knew that this wasn't just a random meet and greet and that something would come out of it.

And, indeed, less than two months later, we have Eric Holder announcing a special "IP task force" within the Justice Department designed to take on "the rise in intellectual property crime." Given how many former RIAA/MPAA lawyers ended up at the Justice Department, perhaps this is no surprise. But given that it now appears that the entertainment industry was able to create their own private enforcement division within the Justice Department without a single ounce of public discussion or transparency, and no input from those concerned about consumer rights or technology innovation, shouldn't someone be asking why the Justice Department is now functioning as a private police force to prop up the business models of a group of companies who refuse to adapt, even as plenty of upstarts have figured out how to make new business models work?

Filed Under: copyright cops, eric holder, joe biden, justice deparatment

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    The Anti-Mike (profile), 13 Feb 2010 @ 8:23am

    Re: Re: Change we can believe in.

    Now comes the problem. Where to set the price point? The music and movie industries want that price to be the same as it has always been and that just isn't realistic.

    If the price is too high don't pay it. But the price being too high isn't a license to just take a copy anyway. Live without the product because you don't value it enough to pay the price they want you to pay.

    This is all about value. Music is no longer scarce nor valuable as record execs would like to believe.

    new quality music is very scarce, even if replicating it after the fact is not. In the end, you aren't paying for the copy (that isn't the big end of the deal) you are paying for the original, new, and very scarce good music. without great music, you would be making copies of nothing.

    After all, you value the music, not the plastic disc or the ones and zeros.

    If I owned vinyl and needed to buy a cassette and then a CD, shouldn't I have only needed to pay a small fee for the materials, since I had already purchased the content? Did anyone even bother to ask or try that business model?

    There are DRM style systems out there that allow you to do that, but most of the "FREE MUSIC!" types hate drm and don't want to get involved. It is really too bad, because it wouldn't be that hard for you to own a single copy and move it from device to device. All the rights holders want to do is make sure that you have one copy active at a time.

    People are so busy pooping on DRM that they forget that it is very likely to route to what they really want to start with.

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