Canadian Music Industry Spokesperson Claims User Generated Content Supports 'Piracy'
from the extreme-nonsense dept
Among Bill C-32's objectives is to put the pirate download and file-sharing sites out of business. But the provisions of the Bill that permit user-generated content and transferring digital files to other formats would in fact, keep the pirate flag flying and their sites in business.Yikes. First, format shifting of legally obtained content does not, in fact, "keep the pirate flag flying." As Geist notes, the allowance for format shifting (such as transferring music from a CD to an iPod) is carefully limited to only authorized copies, rather than infringing copies. The fact that this representative of the industry is effectively arguing against allowing users to transfer music to their iPod seems pretty ridiculous.
But the other claim is even more insane. "Permitting user-generated content" allows "the pirate flag" to keep "flying"? How? Seriously. This claim is so typical of the entertainment industry, which still seems to think the internet is a broadcast medium, by which they can deliver "professional" content to the masses. They still don't realize that the internet is, primarily, a communication platform, and user-generated content is a huge part of that. Suggesting that it should be illegal to clear the decks for the elitist notion of "professional" content suggests a complete lack of understanding of why people use the internet.