An Infographic Showing Just How Frequently Hollywood Has Cried Wolf About 'Piracy'

from the sky-is-falling,-the-sky-is-falling dept

A few folks have sent over this excellent infographic about the frequency with which Hollywood insists every new technology will destroy the movie business. It's based on the list that Steve Blank put together of Hollywood being totally wrong on lots of things:
Figured some folks here might appreciate this...


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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:46am

    That is in such terrible quality, I can only guess that it's a repost of another cropped picture to have such bad quality.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:50am

    If I wasn't already familiar with the subject matter, there's no way I'd be able to decipher that disasterpiece.

    Edward Tufte this guy ain't.

     

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    Rich, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:54am

    Wow, that's a good one. Did it take you all day to come up with that? I'm sure that your scathing criticism will cause Mike to immediately shutter his site, and become a recluse due to the shame.

     

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    Rich, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:57am

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    Crap. I meant to reply to AC moron #1 above (but it works just as well for AC moron #2).

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:59am

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    No worries, you're good.

     

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    Nigel (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:00am

    hmm

    Makes perfect sense to me. Perhaps AC is just a dumbass.

    N.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:03am

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    follow the link to the original article, that version is much cleaner and in higher resolution.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:11am

    Kudos for information gathering, but you need to work on your presentation

     

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    Scote, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:14am

    Muddled Infographic

    I have to agree. The info graphic looks pretty from a distance but it is really muddled and has no flow. I think it is a good example of just how infogrpahics can go wrong. I'm reasonably well versed in the topic and I found the info graphic very hard to follow.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:16am

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    They're called jpeg compression artifacts and they are hardly uncommon... the original file is over 3mb already, down from 100mb of pixel data - if it was a lossless png it would clock in at over 10mb which is not exactly ideal for web distribution.

    I guess what I'm saying is: get over it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:20am

    We know you enjoy lying Masnick, so yeah, you would enjoy such an intellectually dishonest piece of propaganda.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:23am

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    "SOPA gives corporations unprecedented power to censor almost any site on the Internet".

    Pure lie. These people are sociopaths.

     

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    P., Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:23am

    Should also add the music industry

    That would include the player piano, radio, the phonograph, LP's, 8-tracks, Cassettes, Dubbing, CD's, MP3 players, and likely more that I'm forgetting.

     

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    bob, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:25am

    Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Perhaps the industry flourished because it took piracy seriously and the copyright law allowed it to be contained. The only way you can say they were making false claims is if we passed no laws at all and piracy never took hold.

    It's like saying that the world has been crying wolf about drunk driving because there's been no explosion of alcohol-related crashes. Wrong. It's because we took strong measures and put punishments in place.

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:26am

    Re:

    ad hom = no argument.

    your ass cheeks are calling, please plant your head back between them so we don't have to listen to your spew.

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:27am

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    no. just no. Please go home, your adults are worried about you.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:30am

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Lollerskates!

    ROFLcopter!!

    Are you serious?

    Believe it or not, every time a "free port" is established--one which pretty much ignores tariffs & treaties & imaginary property--it flourishes. Every industry which roots there grows like a rampant weed. And yes, that includes media industries.

    So, in short, "NO". There are numerous historical proofs that your assertion is most provably false.

    (respect)

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:31am

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Excellent point bob. You should put that super-valuable comment behind a paywall.

     

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    Scote, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:32am

    Valid Criticism

    "(but it works just as well for AC moron #2)."

    No, it really doesn't. Your snark doesn't work at all on AC 2 (Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:50am). AC 2 made a valid, if brief, observation on the usability and usefulness of the infographic, one which you haven't rebutted in any way with your snark.

    Are you really going to claim the infographic is easy to follow, or summarizes the issue at a glance? Because you'll have a really hard time doing that since the graphic is an attractive but muddled mishmash with no flow and no clear message sent by a quick scan. It looks like someone barfed orange clip art on the screen. The infographic makes the information it summarizes *harder* to read and understand than if it were just well formatted text--which is the opposite of what an infographic is supposed to do. Infographics are supposed to make information easier to understand through visualizations. This infographic fails utterly to do that.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:32am

    Re: Re:

    Pure lie. These people are sociopaths.

    Care to elaborate?

     

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    Tim, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:38am

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Perhaps the industry flourished because it took piracy seriously and the copyright law allowed it to be contained

    You mean like in China where it's flourishing despite all the piracy they have there?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:44am

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    Not the compression artifacts! AAAAAHHHHH! My eyes, oh they're stinging my eyes! AAAAAHHHHRRHRHGHGRGRGR!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:46am

    Re: Should also add the music industry

    One you forgot...the DAT audio tape was successfully killed by the RIAA.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:48am

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    This man is spot on. As the infographic deftly demonstrates the power granted in SOPA to censor almost any site on the Internet through a non-adversarial hearing requested by a corporation has tons of precedent.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:50am

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    Another cargo cult comment.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:50am

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Why is you no can talk good in headline?

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:51am

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    Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed today.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:51am

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    Are you implying that I'm AC moron #2. >:(

    My critique was purely aesthetic.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:53am

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    The law contained 'piracy' by shutting down the VCR like 'the industry' asked? I must have missed that headline.

    Piracy is like drunk driving? Does that count as a car metaphor?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:58am

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    They cried wolf because every time they said something was going to kill the industry it ended up becoming a substantial part of the revenue. Just like their current boogie-man could be.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:00pm

    It's Me. I'm the Moron from the OP

    I guess you weren't implying it, since you said it outright, but my brain didn't parse that far.

    I forgot my question mark, fulfilling the expectations both of being a moron and including an obvious error in a post about not being a moron.

    Here is the post where I blame you, the viewer, for the misunderstandings caused by my first post and the errors in my second.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:05pm

    i can think of far better places to post this and far better people to inform of these facts

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:05pm

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Perhaps the industry flourished because it took piracy seriously and the copyright law allowed it to be contained.

    That argument could almost be construed as intelligent - if you squint really, really hard and smack your head on brick wall a few times in order to forget the simple fact that Hollywood was founded in California in order to avoid paying Thomas Edison fees for his intellectual property rights (patents) on the movie-making process.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:07pm

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    lol but the provocative jerk complaining about irrelevant image quality issues in the first place gets a free pass?

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:07pm

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    They crazy! Their pants are on fire? Need to say more?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:13pm

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    It's not cropped, it's large and you have to scroll to see it all.
    You DO know how to scroll, don't you, boy?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:15pm

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    "Pure lie. These people are sociopaths."

    Yes, SOPA supporters ARE sociopaths! ;-)

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    He even spelled his name backwards too....

     

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    Rikuo (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    They are making false claims. They claimed all these technologies would destroy their businesses...but it didn't happen. Instead, the opposite happened! They flourished BECAUSE of the technologies.

    "If we passed no laws and piracy never took hold" That statement...is actually correct, but not in the way you mean it. Piracy, or copyright infringement, is what happens when someone breaks the law. If there were no laws, there would be no piracy, because how can you break a law that doesn't exist?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:17pm

    Re: Valid Criticism

    "Are you really going to claim the infographic is easy to follow, or summarizes the issue at a glance? Because you'll have a really hard time doing that since the graphic is an attractive but muddled mishmash with no flow and no clear message sent by a quick scan. It looks like someone barfed orange clip art on the screen."

    Try scrolling the enlarged piece, boy.
    Makes a great poster, btw.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:19pm

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    "We know you enjoy lying Masnick, so yeah, you would enjoy such an intellectually dishonest piece of propaganda."

    Please show which information on the piece is incorrect, boy.
    Otherwise, YOU are intellectually-dishonest, kid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:21pm

    Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    "...the simple fact that Hollywood was founded in California in order to avoid paying Thomas Edison fees for his intellectual property rights (patents) on the movie-making process."

    So, Hollywood is composed of the descendants of pirates?
    Quick, arrest them!

     

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    AB, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:28pm

    Wow. So if those numbers are even close to correct that means so called 'piracy' is directly responsible for the industry more than doubling its income levels over the past 50-70 years. Talk about misguided.

     

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    AB, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:31pm

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    And yes, I am treating the term 'piracy' as the buzz word it has become.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:42pm

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    Methinks this AC is trying to assert that someone's lower garments are experiencing combustion.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:50pm

    Clarification

    Does anybody know how much $110MM is? Mega Millions?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:51pm

    This is starting to turn into the Masnick that Cried Wolf.

    Clubbing people over the head with history and them damning them to repeat it seems like a truly stupid way to do thing. But I guess it gets you an audience, and the advertisers like it.

    Too bad nobody goes to Step 2.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    The VCR. You are stupid. The end.

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:40pm

    Re:

    Wait... what?

    Did you just say that teaching people not to repeat the mistakes of the past is a bad thing done solely to generate advertising revenues?

    I don't even know how to properly respond to this level of fail. /speechless

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:46pm

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Hi, bob. Hope you're doing well. We missed you last week at the bowling social. Try to make it next time... it's just not the same without you.

    Just had a quick question about your argument... If you could just point out a single instance where copyright law ever had any impact whatsoever on piracy I'd really appreciate it. It seems like there are a lot of people here who read your comment and think it was the product of willful ignorance or insanity (you are still taking your meds, right?), and I think it's important to show everyone the credible research you found that backs up the assertion.

    Also, Google has recently been trying to solve the drunk driving problem with cars that drive themselves. Soon our pretend autopilots that get us home from the bar will be real! Via la vodka! Tell the mister we all said hello, and dog bless you.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:47pm

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    If it's not spontaneous, on camera and owned by the MPAA, we're not interested.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    "We've come to arrest you."

    "Have a nice bag of money and free airtime on TV!"

    "Uhh, what were we doing here again, boys?"

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:54pm

    Re: Clarification

    MilliMillions, of course!

     

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    Kenneth Michaels, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:55pm

    Another info graphic

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:57pm

    Re: Clarification

    It is supposed to mean Roman numeral M (1000) times Roman number M (1000), or one million.

    This is stupid, not least of which because MM means 2000 in Roman numerals, but it's still used frequently in finance.

    http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/dictM.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 2:02pm

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    No, teaching people history, and them claiming that they are going to do it again in the future, so stop trying is the Masnick way. Damn them because you think they are going to do it again. Arrest them before they commit a crime, because they committed a crime in the past.

    Mike Masnick: Making it up as he goes.

     

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    Rich, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 2:44pm

    Re: Valid Criticism

    Maybe if you use the word "snark" a few more times, you'll win. Of course, you repeated "infographic" enough times that "Bloody Mary" should appear.

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 2:57pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    My brain exploded trying to read what you've written... I am dumber from reading this post.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 3:28pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    To quote Dr. Phil: "the best indicator of future behaviour is past behaviour"

    (you know you're dumb when you've been schooled by Dr. Fucking Phil)

     

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    Scote, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Re: Valid Criticism

    I'm not seeing any actual rebuttal by you. Sure, the infographic makes for a pretty poster, but not for a clear and useful infographic that helps you visualize the data at a glance. An infographic is supposed to make the data easier to glean, not harder. A text outline would be more useful than this pretty clip art explosion.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 4:01pm

    Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    ...and you realize that the publishing in the US was founded on piracy as well. The US did not recognize the copyright of any other country and anything in a foreign language was up for grabs for republishing in English.

    When US politicians and diplomats were questioned on it, they avoided the issue completely.

    It was in this manner that the US publishing industry got it's start, sort of like Hollydud got it's start later.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 5:01pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The music industry frequently does this. That's why when suing people they get cases dismissed without prejudice so they can return to sue the same people again at a later date.

    What's good for the goose...

     

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    jailbait, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 5:55pm

    Re: Re:

    Huh?

    How is this a lie?

    SOPA, as written, did allow an easy method for corporations to take down websites without traditional due process.

    What the hell are they lying about?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 6:03pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Almost any site of the internet"? lol

    Pure Lie.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 6:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Fuck off Marcus, you are the biggest idiot of all.

    What Mike is proposing is that because they MIGHT do something in the future, let's stop them now. It's the fucking thought police.

    How can you be so fucking stupid and arrogant?

     

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    Overcast (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 8:13pm

    If not for 'recording devices' - the recording/movie industries would not even exist.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 8:55pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    In fact, I was going to point out that it was indeed spontaneous, but I retracted that qualifier...

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 8:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Pure Lye? That's for making soap, right?

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 28th, 2012 @ 2:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Your mom never hugged you did she?

    They have done the same thing with the same reaction MULTIPLE times in the past. It is time for everyone else to stop listening to the sky is falling complaints of an industry that makes a habit of panic first, embrace second, make more money third, fourth make new laws to extract more money.

     

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    bob, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 4:43am

    Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Wow. Just one single instance? Perhaps if you take a look at the recent MegaUpload case you'll see how copyright enforcement shut down a pirate haven. And who quickly changed their ways? Most of the major sites with similar business models. Suddenly, they figured out that it might be smarter not to let people share files willynilly.

    Now you'll probably blather on about how the pirates just moved to a different site or created deeper, more complicated encryption schemes. But that's not the point of the enforcement. It's enough to make the pirated copies harder to find and that raises the cost of doing business as a pirate-- and believe me, it's a Big Business.

    We don't give up on enforcing murder laws because the murder rate doesn't go to absolute zero. We don't give up on enforcing parking laws because people still get tickets.

     

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    bob, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 4:44am

    Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    I meant the content industry not the rest of the country. Of course it's cheaper to run your country as a leech, depending on stealing the hard work of others. It's cheaper.

     

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    bob, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 4:49am

    Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Uh, no. Absolutely not. The free ports flourish when they enforce property rights. If they don't, the industry doesn't flourish there.

    The typical example is a port like Hong Kong, which flourished because it kept government costs low. Did movie making flourish there? Did it become Hollywood west? Was there a burgeoning publishing business? No. They were happy just to pirate western sources and so no locals bothered to go into the business.

    The industries that flourished there were the ones that were protected by the rule of law. The design work, the content creation work, and the story making work were not protected and so they didn't flourish.

     

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    bob, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 4:53am

    Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    No. Just because the VCR continued to exist doesn't mean the industry didn't get what it wanted. It just said essentially, "We can't exist in a world where people will use the VCR to make infinite copies of movies without contributing the cost of creating them."

    And that ended. The hardware industry added copy protection tabs and ensured that the copies degraded. Voila. It was enough of a compromise for the industry to flourish.

    The industry got everything it wanted.

     

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    John, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 7:17am

    There is really no reason for these laws; they were established in the Copyright law which does what they want to do already. As someone earlier stated look at the case of MegaUpload.; they cut the man out of his own safe room, disregarding the fact that they could have killed him depending on the type of air ventilation that was used in the safe room. SOPA is not a law and they were able to make this arrest on foreign soil under the current copyright laws. So explain to me why we need more useless legislation to combat something there are already laws for.
    Piracy would not be the problem they (and I mean they) claim it to be if a better route was made available for consumers. Take music and the old days of Napster, Ipods came out and the recording industry found that by letting people purchase individual songs not just a CD, that their profits rose. That is a free trade market that balanced itself out.
    Here is a suggestion, the MPAA can take all the money they spend in Congress every year and help pay down the national debt or do something useful with it. This is all just my opinion though and may have no real basis in reality…

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 7:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    "The typical example is a port like Hong Kong"... "They were happy just to pirate western sources and so no locals bothered to go into the business."

    Seriously? Don't make me go Bruce Lee on you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 11:18am

    Re: Muddled Infographic

    Unfortunately so. I'd wager that it has been done by somebody whose first language is not English.

     

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    AB, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 12:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    What are you talking about??? Creativity did flourish in Hong Kong, and despite the restrictions of low budgets their movies were more original and had better story lines then what Hollywood produced during the same time frame.

    Did it become Hollywood west? Of course not, it didn't have the marketing power. What does that have to do with flourishing creativity? Why does it need to be 'Hollywood west'? What's so great about Hollywood? Personally I think the average standard of living across this continent would be significantly higher without it.

     

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    AB, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 12:26pm

    Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Perhaps, but I doubt it. This type of ignorance is generally created through neglect and abuse, not love and caring.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 28th, 2012 @ 11:26pm

    Re: because they MIGHT do something in the future, let's stop them now.

    s/MIGHT/WILL/

    They’ve done it over and over and over. Not once. Not twice. But repeatedly. At some point, you have to stop saying “let’s keep on giving them the benefit of the doubt”, and remember Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing repeatedly, while hoping against hope that, this time, the outcome will be different from what it has been every single other time.

    You want to join the insane ones? Your choice.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2012 @ 6:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    I hope you are not talking about the VBI signals.

    In any case please provide the technical specification number where that is implemented in any VCR in the 70's, 80's or 90's.

    Good luck trying to find it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2012 @ 7:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    You do know that Hong Kong pretty much has zero protections for business right?

    It takes 15 minutes to open a business in Hong Kong, business suing business is practically anathema for the courts there, they don't care and don't give a fuck, they are primarily concerned with taxes only if you pay your taxes you can pretty much do anything you want and that includes stealing all the ideas from your competitors.

    Hong Kong Business Leaders: Fashion, Supermarket Proprietor Anthony Keung

    Apps you will never see in the US ever!
    Hong Kong IT Entrepreneurs iMusicTech and ESL on Road to Success

    When there is no protections for old BS business people make it big.

    Quote:
    It is incredible easy to set up business in Hong kong it took less than 24 hs to setup a corporation, taxes are easy to understand. I am a great believer that the less the government can do the better business can be

    Starting from Scratch

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2012 @ 7:15am

    Re: Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    It is easier to claim others are robing you than to try and do real work once in a while I suppose.

    Competing for market share is not for the lazy though.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2012 @ 7:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    But we should give up on monopolies though they bring no increase in wealth and actually harm economies more than they do help.

    You see piracy is a scary story with one purpose, to make others believe that someone needs protection.

    The fact of the mater is if piracy hurt so much, free TV should have decimated the industry already, free radio should have sunken labels a long time ago, but incredibly that is not what happens is it?

    Even without zero protections markets grow and people get rich in other places, if they can do elsewhere why can't people in a country that prides itself of being so good at solving problems can't?

    Truth be told the one thing holding America back right now is the power of certain monopolies in stopping the real entrepreneurs from rising and getting their chance.

    This BS IP crap is the reason that companies can outsource jobs without suffering the consequences of doing so, because nobody else can enter the market or copy anything and take market share from some idiot that decides that labor is to expensive and we can reduce costs using labor offshore and maximize profits without actually reducing costs, it is also chilling innovation since people who are not stupid can see the legal pitfalls increasing in number and not be willing to risk everything, it is getting harder to succeed in America not easier, while in other countries mainly in Asia they are doing exactly the opposite and cashing in big time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2012 @ 7:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Might no, they will do it, everybody saw what happens when those powers are granted, they get abused and used against other business.

     

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    wvhillbilly (profile), Jan 30th, 2012 @ 10:03am

    Re: Re: Re:

    So you think its better to burn your barn down to get rid of the rats, rather than to send in a cat to dispatch them? The rats will just go elsewhere and set up shop in another barn and you'll be out yours.

    I read a story just last night about an author who invites all and sundry to pirate his book, and guess what? He's sold 12 million copies. Why? The piracy gave his book lots of exposure. Had he kept it all to himself and sued every person who made his book available on the Web guess how many he would have sold? Probably zero, or very few.

    Get over it!!! Suing your customers is not going to bring people in breaking your doors down to buy your product. It's only going to make them mad and drive them away.

    Got it?

     

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    wvhillbilly (profile), Jan 30th, 2012 @ 10:18am

    Re:

    I didn't have any problem figuring it out. Pretty straight forward to me, it just gives a brief summary of all the various new technologies the entertainment industry has tried to shut down, and which they have greatly benefited from once they accepted them. The Internet is no different in this respect.

    If Hellywood would learn to work with new stuff instead of fighting it, suing people back to the stone age, making wild and unsubstantiated claims it's going to put them out of business and lying about and grossly inflating loss claims, it would greatly benefit everyone and save all of us a lot of grief.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jan 30th, 2012 @ 5:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Dumbass, the ONLY point being made is that when the entertainment industry insists a new technology is going to kill them, they are usually wrong. They have been every single time - so when they insist it's happening now, it's kind of hard to believe them.

    Look at it this way: you think I'm an idiot, because of what I've said in the past. You anticipate me saying more things that you consider idiotic in the future. Does that make you the fucking thought police? By your logic, apparently it does.

     

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    stever, Jan 31st, 2012 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Why is clear that they cried wolf?

    Bob. Can I say that the presenters logic is not bad however yours is terrible. The logic in the image is that when the industry says they will die due to the introduction of new technology generally they have been way off the mark. In fact as we well know the technology has largly been to the industries benefit. Your logical analogy Bob is with alcohol and drink driving and that some other group of people that said by making laws that it would help prevent deaths and accidents and that because it worked that we should listen to these other individuals that as an industry say they will go out of business because of piracy. You would admit it makes no sense wouldnt you! Now in examining the logic presented you should always consider each arguement on its own and not think that because a collective has a bad track record of predictions that everything they say will always be wrong. However you should use it more as a yard stick to cast some doubt on how likely the statements they make have a probability of being true rather than as an absolute deduction of truth or error.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Feb 1st, 2012 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    If he does not notice the arrow turning into a hand with the index finger pointed, he has more issues than you snipping at his stupidity. Just a light jab, don't take it to heart.

     

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