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.

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    PaulT (profile), 21 Oct 2011 @ 12:56am

    Re: Re:

    "You don't think that, for at least a few seconds "all her friends" stopped using that pirate service?"

    Maybe. What makes you think they suddenly started spending money on legal services as opposed to simply switching to a different piracy method, or free legal methods of listening?Or, of course, boycotting the music industry in favour of another form of entertainment?

    "no comments on the money lost"

    What money lost? There's still never been any proof that piracy actually loses the industry money other than an assumption based on a correlation. Every study that "proves" losses has been based on made-up numbers and/or faulty methodology.

    The industry's almost certainly "lost" more money by people having a wider choice of entertainment and being able to "unbundle" their purchases than as a direct result of piracy. Of course, I have the same level of proof to prove my view as you have to prove yours, so mileage may vary.

    "the stores closed"

    Physical stores closed, yes, but digital stores opened to replace them. Why do you people always think the physical ones are the only important ones?

    "the recorded music industry decimated by piracy"

    Another assumption, and a failure to recognise that the music industry consists of more than plastic disc manufacturers. Typical.

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