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 @ 3:04pm

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

    Which public? I love how everyone around here speaks about the public as if they're sure that the world is completely on their side.

    Where's your list of artists rebelling against copyright? It's a very, very short list. Most of the ones who've complained haven't advocated getting rid of copyright. They love the control it gives them over their works and I would bet money that most of the world would agree with this statement:

    Should there be a law that allows a photographer to control who can reproduce the pictures they take of their children.

    And that law is copyright.

    As for your other stuff about DRM, I think it's off topic. We're just talking about copyright. But since you brought it up, I think many members of the public are in favor of statements like this:

    Should there be a law the allows the publishers to ensure that everyone pays their fair share of development costs?

    ANd that is copyright my friend. People like fairness. People hate the idea that some nerd is getting the movies for free when they have to pay. People like that support technical measures like DRM.

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