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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    The Logician (profile), 21 Oct 2011 @ 7:10am

    Fascinating how, as they grow more desperate, copyright maximalist commentors bring less cohesion to their arguments and more insults. And nothing to back up what they say, although that has always been a failing of theirs. I believe they know their time is almost up, and that we who seek more sensible government and policies will not tolerate their irrational behavior for much longer. In thinking about our situation, I am reminded of the poet Langston Hughes:

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a soreó
    And then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar overó
    like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?


    How long until that happens with us, I wonder? How long until the pressure upon us becomes so great that it can no longer be contained? I do not believe it is as far off as some might think.

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