Mainstream Press Account In Australia Makes The Case For Why 'Piracy' Is Not The Problem

from the a-wonderful-essay dept

You don't quite expect to see this sort of thing on a mainstream press source, but ABC, down in Australia, has a feature piece entitled, The case for piracy, which sounds quite similar to many of the things we tend to talk about. It argues that the old school opinion that "piracy bad, copyright good" may not be particularly accurate -- and, in fact, it could be argued that "copyright owners" are in many ways their own worst enemies. If you think that sounds like the same thing we've been saying for over a decade, then you're correct -- but you probably haven't seen something like this show up in the mainstream press.

Much of the article focuses on how various industries abuse copyright to do anti-consumer activities, and how infringement is often the only way around it -- even for people who want to pay. The article also covers the recording industry's own suicidal tendencies.
Rather than give customers what they wanted publishers threw every toy they had out of the pram and hit the litigation button. One example saw the recording industry sue a 12-year old girl and won $2000. From her point of view she was simply using a free service on the internet that all her friends were using and discussing. One wonders how happy the recording industry was with its $2000 payout. Over the years industry bodies have spent far more money suing people than they recouped through the courts.

One of the main reasons we all have anti-piracy slogans embedded in our brains is because the music industry chose to try and protect its existing market and revenue streams at all costs and marginalise and vilify those who didn't want to conform to the harsh new rules being set.
It really is a fantastic piece. Kudos to ABC for running it, and to writer Nick Ross for publishing such an article.

Filed Under: adapting, business models, piracy, press


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Oct 2011 @ 5:49pm

    Re: Re:

    In the US most of the paper and TV news companies ARE the content companies.

    CNN: Owned by Time Warner a major player in film and television content
    MSNBC: Owned by NBCUniversal a major player film (Universal Studios) and television (NBC) content which is, itself, owned by Comcast and GE.
    Fox News: Owned by Fox, a major player in television, and Fox is obviously own by News Corp who is a major player in newspaper and magazines.
    USA Today: Owned by the Gannett company who owns, in addition to dozens of other city papers, several tv stations as well as other digital media properties.
    The Wall Street Journal: Also own by News Corp
    NYT: Still a legacy holdout from when individual families dominated the newspaper scene.

    Honestly the only reason this editorial was even published by a news outlet at all is because ABC is like NPC, it's a publicly own broadcasting company.

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