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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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    Karl (profile), 21 Oct 2011 @ 11:43pm

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    There's no comment on the money lost, decimation of the music industry and the apocalypse because there's no such a thing.

    Hey, now you're thinking like modern artists.

    Well, unless you're being sarcastic. But I hope that's not the case, because the music industry has been complaining about the "apocalypse" since, at least, cassette tapes have existed.

    Let's be frank. The reason the recording industry (and not any other music industry) has been losing money, is because consumers have been allowed to buy singles, and not full albums. Piracy has nothing to do with it.

    So, it's entirely appropriate that "there's no comment on the money lost," since this article has absolutely zero to do with "lost" money. It has everything to do with people who sit in boardrooms and are idiots.

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