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 @ 2:57pm

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

    No. The performer owns the copyright on the performance. The photographer owns the copyright on the photo. The poet owns the copyright on the poem. The public gets all of these things.

    Alas, the sword cuts both ways. The composer also gets control -- and the composer often licenses this. Many school plays, for instance, come with a license that allows DVDs for parents and friends.

    As it is, most piano students I know play the classics. Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart. They're all long out of copyright. The pianist is the only one left with control. If you want to play the latest Top 40 hit, you've got to share.

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