India The Latest To Think About Kicking People Off The Internet Based On Accusations Of File Sharing

from the guilty-until-proven-innocent dept

A few months back, we pointed to a discussion looking at how three countries with some of the biggest movie industries outside of the US -- Nigeria, China and India -- all were thriving, despite massive "piracy." As you looked at the details of each, it showed how each industry had been adapting to a marketplace in which some of the content was widely available, but were still figuring out ways to make money (i.e., you can compete with free). However, because competing with free actually involves work, it should come as no surprise that some are seeking to implement government protectionist policies.

Gautam John points us to the news that a "High Level Committee on Piracy" in India, put together by the Indian government has come back with a variety of suggestions including a "three strikes" plan that would kick users off the internet based on accusations (not convictions) for unauthorized file sharing. There's also a suggestion that would appear to make theater owners somewhat liable for customers camcording movies. They also support preventative detention of potential pirates -- a ridiculous idea that has been put in practice in some areas of India already -- and which the US entertainment industry has encouraged. Yes, this is detaining people who might make an unauthorized copy. Welcome to pre-crime, India-style. About the only suggestion that isn't massively damaging to individuals' rights is the idea that filmmakers "make piracy unviable" by offering their movies at more reasonable prices and in more ways, so that people are more willing to go with legitimate options. They probably should have just stuck with that suggestion and left the rest alone.
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    out_of_the_blue, 12 Nov 2010 @ 8:43am

    "still figuring out ways to make money..."

    Okay, they've figured it out! And surprise, it's the same way as in the US, UK, Japan, and Europe, by getting gov't to increase enforcement through arbitrary and draconian measures. As I've said, copyright "theft" benefits gov't by providing more rationale for a police state; politicians are bribed by endorsement from popular movie stars (and their money), so it's *inevitable*.

    Next: "competing with free actually involves work", YES, but one way you advise, selling geegaws in connection with bands, requires the existence of *workers* who actually produce the low-cost / high-resell items. If you mean self- advertising and promoting, well, that's *light* work, and it's not *new*, been used for at least a hundred years in the mass entertainment field, and the main components are still *luck* and willingness to prostitute oneself.

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