Not bad for a guy who hasn't had a hit in 20 years. Still, if I had a choice, I'd rather meet Richard and call him a c**t to his face than meet Prince full stop! If I met Prince, I might do something I won't regret (but regret getting caught for!)
If someone gets cut off the internet, or severely throttled, they might decide "Oh, well, I better stop pirating so I can get my internet access back. Now, let's see, I can't buy any music because it's all online and I have no internet. Oh, and I can't rent a movie because it's all done on the internet. I'd buy a book but...."
So, how does this actually help the big entertainment industries again?
There is a very high probability that I enjoyed that article. Unfortunately, there is also an incredibly high probability that none of my friends will "get it". I could be wrong, though. In fact, I hope I am!
I found a "near mint" 45 of it for 50 cents, all of which went to charity. I got the song, charity got the money, the record label got it's money when the original owner (I assume) bought the single. Everybody's happy!
I remember back in 1998, I'd heard the song "Jack And Diane" and decided I'd like a copy. So I go to he music store only to find out the song was 16 years old and the only way I could get it that day was to buy the Greatest Hits CD for a whopping $30 (the price of a new release CD in Australia at the time). I walked out of the shop empty handed.
Here a 32GB iPhone 5 is $899. What's the U.S. price, please?
A song on ITunes is $1.69 or $2.19 - now, granted this price was set at a time when the U.S. $1 was worth around Aus$1.70 (give or take a couple of cents) but as the exchange rate fluctuated, the price didn't change. As pointed out our dollar is currently worth (slightly) more than the U.S. dollar.
Australia's free trade agreement with the US in 2004 resulted in our copyright5 terms for sound recordings, etc, being extended from 50 to 70 years. So, thanks, US, now I can't enjoy cheap but good quality rock and roll CD's.
That reply to Bob about libraries (I didn't catch the writer's name) was brilliant! No wonder it got the votes!
When I was a kid, the library was my favourite place to go because it had lots of books and tapes (remember those?) that we could borrow. Yes, you had to return them, but you could always get more if you wanted to. Or even the same ones again.
[sarc] Whoops, I better stop living in the 1980's and remember that libraries are evil places now [/sarc]
You know, it occours to me that not once has anybody said "if Kim Dotcom was making millions, could it be because he was offering a service people wanted to pay for?"
It's funny how having money seems to be a crime unless you happen to be in the public eye (i.e. a bank manager or the chairperson of Disney or the inventor of FaceBook, etc). Well, I know of someone who had $500,000. So the cops arrested him on suspicion of drug dealing because he had $500,000 on him. Maybe he had been saving for a house? (And, here in Australia, cheap houses tend to go for that much)
I don't like the big labels. However, they did hold a copyright monopoly on recorded music for almost 90 years. What I want to know is, if the labels finally die off, what will become of those recordings? Do you think they'll become orphan works? Or do you think the (still living) artists will come up with ways for us to get their works?
In case it hasn't been mentioned yet, nobody in Australia really gives a shit about AAPT and, quite frankly, it does not surprise me in the least that their security is lackluster at best. Now if the ISP was Telstra, Optus or iiNet then I'd sit up and pay attention. There's a hint for Annonymous as to who to go for next to make an impact.