Dear Hollywood: The 'Stakeholders' For Copyright Policy Don't Fit In A Room

from the that's-one-big-room dept

Last week, we wrote about Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel first demanding a magic stop piracy button from Google, followed by his request to sit down and meet with "the government" and representatives of "Silicon Valley" in a room. As we responded, that meeting is going on already, and it's happening online with the public -- the more important stakeholder, whom Emanuel has totally left out of the equation.

Ali Sternburg points us to a tweet from Nate Otto, in which he basically makes the same point, but much more concisely:
I'm tired of Hollywooders thinking IP policy "stakeholders" fit in a room & don't include the public.
It's such a simple and important point that I wanted to repost it here. It needs to be repeated over and over again.

Ever since Hollywood lost the SOPA/PIPA fight, they keep claiming, over and over again, that Silicon Valley needs to get in a room with them. Chris Dodd has done it a bunch of times -- and each time we've asked why he doesn't actually go online and talk to the public. Now Ari Emanuel has done it too, and we need to repeat a paraphrase on Nate's tweet above.
Copyright's stakeholders don't fit in a room and must include the public, by definition
Any time we hear a demand for a company to do some sort of backroom deal on copyright, we need to remember and remind people:
Copyright's stakeholders don't fit in a room and must include the public, by definition
I doubt it will sink it, but perhaps if we remind them enough, they'll finally start to realize it.

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    bob, 4 Jun 2012 @ 12:16pm

    Don't be surprised if the public doesn't agree with your anything goes attitude!

    The prevailing belief around here seems to be that Hollywood and Hollywood alone wants strong copyright. Everyone else and their grandmother is thoroughly on the side of Big Search which wants to call everything it does "fair use". But is that really true?

    The public, however, has many, many cases where copyright serves its interests quite well. Despite the horse manure around here, copyright is really a grass roots legal structure because it blesses everyone when their work is rendered into fixed form.

    Let's say you're a big multinational and you see a cute picture of some family using your product. Without copyright, you can just take it, plop it in your ads and make a fortune without sharing anything. Copyright forces you to cut a deal with the artist who took the picture-- often a family member.

    The same goes for movies of that ballet performance, the piano recital, or the soccer game. The IP anarchists around here want people to be able to grab photos wherever they see them.

    The IP anarchists will no doubt claim that the public will gain because they'll be able to post their mash up videos with official sound tracks by big name bands without worrying about DMCA take down notices. But is that a good trade for the people? Are they willing to be the official spokesphoto for any old company even a tobacco producer?

    The fact is that almost 100% of the world creates art work protected by copyright and I'm sure that almost all of these creators are happy they keep control. Only a few percent are rabid filesharing cheapskates.

    That's why you might not be so happy if the public does show up at your little party being engineering by the astroturfing consultants paid by Big Search. The public needs, wants and deserves the protection of copyright for their hard work. Only you want to strip it from them-- all so Big Search can protect its billions.

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