I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
A manís word is his bond, well, except when confronting a filmmaker with a different opinion that is.
I prefer the First Sale doctrine be maintained. At the very least for physical products like CD's and DVD's and software disks. I understand it gets a bit trickier when it's a sole digital product like a MP3 download and I can understand to a degree why licensing is important there.
Secondary markets increase the value of the primary market. Think about it this way: Would you spend as much on a car if you knew that you couldn't resell it, because all the software in it would stop working, making the car useless?
Obviously, you have never been around theater and other performance venues. The comment is my recollection of print on popular t-shirts worn by would-be actors who audition incessantly, changed only to substitute "true artist" for "actor".
Ahh. Context makes a difference there. I incorrectly assumed that it was a continuation of the sentiment that started this thread. It's not so condescending when a "true artist" makes a joke like that at their own expense.
And, no, not whole lot of exposure to actors and other performance artists. For some reason, I've always found those folks to be slightly over dramatic for my tastes.
This article is a good argument for reducing copyright terms back to the original 14 years + another 14 years renewal. That's 28 years max. Some of this stuff could be saved legally (except for the circumventing the DRM part) because it would be in the public domain by now.
Just goes to show that what public gains from granting copyright monopolies really is nonexistent at this point.
"Why yes, I am a 'true artist". Now, can I take your order please?"
Wow. What a condescending thing to say. Consider this:
"Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must", then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse."
"I went to my mother who gave me this book called Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. Heís a fabulous writer. A fellow used to write to him and say: "I want to be a writer. Please read my stuff." And Rilke says to this guy: "Donít ask me about being a writer. lf, when you wake up in the morning, you can think of nothing but writing then youíre a writer."
If, when you wake up in the morning, you can think of nothing but piles of money then you should become an accountant.
You would like that more than anything else at this point wouldn't you? You fear this new type of activism and wish that the internet populace would go quietly back to watching their cat videos. You fear it because you can never control it or use it, because in order for an uprising like the SOPA protests to happen, the message needs to be righteous at it's core. About all you can do is try to marginalize and minimize and that is becoming more and more apparent all the time.
Your rights are restricted by those who abuse them. Fix the abuse, and the system can always be adapted. But the content producers know what happens when you had out ripping tools, you just have to go online to see. So sorry, until you can stop the children from doing so much damage, you cannot change the laws.
Fix the abuse? How about defining the actual impact (with actual facts and figures) of the this so called abuse first, then we can see if there is anything needs fixing.
Sure, I can go online and see file sharing happening rather easily, but what I cannot seem to find is verifiable proof that this filesharing is actually economically damaging anyone.