Hopefully at some point some bean counter will point out that the income from Germany has stopped flowing. They will investigate and discover it is being caused by GEMA pushing the cartels demands... and then in a few years they might finally figure out that the demands are what is killing them not home taping.
One has to hope that common sense might win at some point.
The world controls the very platforms the cartels depend upon. Google had the balls to block the major players from even thinking about using YT in Germany, if they start making the global framework insane it is very likely it will collapse as no player will want to allow them access.
One has to hope that it might lead to the death of windowed releases and the death of 1000 rights agencies extracting their parasitic cut. They tell us piracy is costing them billions, what they never mention is how much of those costs are from keeping the parasites alive & feeding.
Which sort of is my point, this rights agency exists only to keep itself alive. If they had gotten 17 cents per and were passing on 2 cents per the labels would be happy because hey new revenue!
And there is a case to be made for the standard rights agency response of 'Well we collected monies on behalf of these artists, but were unable to locate them to pay them. If you draw a bunch of attention to this, we will spend the money due them in a half assed attempt to find them that will run out of cash.'
It would be nice to find someone who reads German well to go through any annual reports GEMA provides. One is very curious how much of what they collect goes to the actual rightsholders.
GEMA is the cartoon mustached villian poster child for what is wrong in copyright today. They allegedly were created to deal with a problem, yet now they seem to exist only to create more problems while filling their own coffers.
"Because of this YouTube has blocked most major label music from its service in Germany" Why aren't the labels suing GEMA? This is interference with their ability to conduct business in Germany. They are at a distinct disadvantage in the marketplace because they are allowing GEMA to run around unchecked.
This is more evidence that the alleged problems seem to be nothing more than fevered nightmares. We no longer have a main outlet used to gain consumers, because we deserve some portion of 17 cents for every single stream (that we give away for free everywhere else). We are pissing off consumers & platforms consumers want to use because a small cabal of people "protecting" us want more money.
Just because you feel you are owed something has a very ugly flipside, what if Google demanded payments from them for putting content on the platform. They could, by the same logical thought processes employed by GEMA, demand bandwidth, storage, electrical costs involved in providing the streams. If Google did this to them they would be screaming so loudly, yet have no problem putting Google in the same position.
It is well past time that they start killing off the regional run insanity factories and start building an intelligent global framework. Copyright is screwed up but mainly because of the meddling of these players who are now reaping what they sowed. Someone needs to get a clue that what they are doing isn't working and rather than spending a few more million on the same failed ideas of the past they need to get honest input from players who aren't out to set themselves up their own fiefdoms to line their pockets.
There is an icelandic country where the speeding tickets work on a scale based on income.
You decry a rich person perhaps paying more than a poor person. It is more a matter of making the 'punishment' more fitting. Donald Trump can easily afford to wipe his ass with $100 bills, to a poor person $100 might mean not eating that month... do you see that while its the same amount of money the impact to each is far different.
The world doesn't really work on one size fits all. It is not justice to have someone needing to seek out a food pantry because of 1 song while a rich person just pulls out another $100 to wipe with.
Please extol the severity of the crime of 1 person downloading 1 song. Please explain the huge damages you think this causes, because I want to understand the delusional position you are coming from. (Also be forewarned I will trot out the "punishment" the labels paid in Canada when they committed COMMERCIAL copyright infringment and then were mad that they were expected to be fined on par with filesharers they pursed who didn't profit like the labels did.)
Understand that the **AA's have been working hard around the globe to make "piracy" a jailable offense with longer sentences than crimes that actually harm another person, so you are working at a deficit trying to make people see the "crime" as being that serious.
I think part of it is driven by the well so and so got sacked so the problem must be solved now. They see the headline, call it mission accomplished, and move onto the next shiny thing the media wants us to see.
There are times you wish that more people would get touched by the broken things in our world, just so they finally have it happening to them so they can see it actually does happen.
Using my ripped from the headlines examples... In the rape case against Steven Avery they never looked at anyone else, they ignored any evidence that challenged the theory. They wrote reports on facts years after they happened to build a papertrail to try and fend off a multimillion dollar lawsuit.
Justice works in the delusion that the cops are honest unbiased investigators only seeking the truth. The prosecutors are supposed to look at the evidence and charge based on the actual evidence. Judges are supposed to be impartial. Defendants get great defense teams, not someone who has to see 45 clients this week to earn enough to pay rent. Witnesses are never swayed with intimidation & threats.
The system is inherently broken and refusing to fund a required portion of the allegedly fair system that the law requires has destroyed any illusions.
I have a problem with #1 "The plaintiff’s revenues lost and the difficulty of proving damages. "
Much of the difficulty is because rightsholders claims billions without any evidence to support it, beyond their imaginations & fun math, the box office totals don't support the claims. Then there is the ever popular 'Hollywood Math' where a boxoffice blockbuster that took in 500 million, was made for 500,000 still isn't profitable somehow.
A true fix is to admit that most infringement is non-commercial, despite the **AA's trying to equate filesharing to an evil conspiracy to destroy a business. Studios aren't failing because of filesharing but this old wives tale keeps being told, oh our content has no value because filesharing... so why did was so much money spent to acquire the now worthless backcatalog of EMI?
Filesharing is driven by consumers not being able to get what they want when they want at the price they want to pay. Shut up with the they all want it for free, because EVERYONE would take things for free. Read the damn Oatmeal comic about trying to get Game of Thrones legally and see all of the hurdles put in the way to stop someone from paying them because some 1950s business model refuses to adapt to reality.
If the "reward" for ignoring consumers dropped to a multiple under 10 x retail cost, they might have a reason to make things available when customers want to pay them. It they spent less on trying to dictate the 1000 rules on paying customers to keep the illusion of control, and spend all of that cash on providing the best service that money could buy they would make even more cash.
They focus far to much on chasing those who they imagine owe them money while shitting on the people willing to pay them. In the real world if you provide a shitty service to your paying customers, you go out of business.
#5 " The value or nature of the work infringed. " Which is a real handy way to say that its unfair porn studios are raking in this cash while we can't figure out how to. How many studio execs are slamming their heads on their desks looking at the millions Prenda pulled in from 1 shitty old porn wondering why they can't do it with blockbusters. They miss the idea that "The Hurt Locker" doesn't have the same shame power as "Barely Legal Lolitas Anal Adventures 17" in obtaining quick settlements.
One wonders how much safer these citizens feel... I mean there is no evidence that cops lie (ha), prosecutors hide evidence that disproves the case (ha), that innocent people end up in jail (ha).
I'll tear one from the headlines to make it easier for the home viewer. While Steven Avery was serving his first sentence for rape, the actual rapist kept raping. The bright legal stars who put an innocent man in jail got no punishment for ignoring the evidence, in fact one of them to this day refuses to accept what the DNA proved. This is deep seated delusion.
So while you are all excited that these criminals aren't getting a fair trial (except in name alone) remember that the system can and will pick someone it just doesn't like and railroad them to jail. Sure hope it doesn't happen to you or yours... because when you start screaming then how unfair it all is, the other fine citizens will just say but hes a criminal why bother just like you did.
Broken system is broken, how we treat the least of us says so much about us. Like what you see in the mirror?
One wonders which powerful person got snagged in something.
One does find it hard to believe that any changes in course are because of concern for the "little people" who have been wholesale sold out as they look for ways to bypass the laws put into place to protect us from exactly what they are doing.
These methods used in other countries are decried, while at the same time embraced by those who point fingers at the other guy. Perhaps they should notice while they are pointing at others there are 4 fingers pointing back that should be poked in the 4 other eyes.
And we wonder why this is even being attempted... It works in "terrorism" cases...
we sent in a female to seduce him & encourage violence... and hid that evidence.
we contacted someone our CI, who spends ALL of his payments on feeding his drug habit & we threatened to cut off unless the CI got us a solid lead, and crafted a plan & manipulation to encourage cooperation in the plot we created, pushed forward, & bankrolled.
we saw them buying hydroponic things, found wet plant matter, so we raided the house & owe nothing for being so very wrong.
Because terrorism Because war on drugs Because penii (penises?) on the internet
We swallow it all the time, why be shocked they want to go further?
But getting the the source of the problem is that much more complicated when you refuse to consider it might be your fault and not always the fault of an outside 3rd party.
Finding the source when you remove your device from consideration of being the problem for no reason other than you believe your own image hype becomes way more complex as the other guy has to check all of their things, then fight the uphill battle to get anyone to think it might be the perfect image item.
It is always the fault of the other guy. Apple is always willing to blame others when they screw up... anyone remember the phones that hung-up when you held them wrong? Wasn't a design problem it literally was you're holding it wrong. Rubber bumpers for everyone and we moved on.
Image is everything and protecting that image is job #1. The problem is the hundreds of examples we have in society now where protecting the image ends up being more important than anything else. See also: Cops, Courts, Justice System...
How do we break that mentality? Image matters but your image is leaps and bounds better when you focus on fixing the problem rather than expending so much energy finding someone to blame who isn't you. When your device has turned a home into an easy bake oven, no one gives a shit that it might be some other item on the network... they want it fixed quickly & prevented from happening when the next connected "smart" item is added to the fray.
Protip: Everyone is still human, they can make mistakes. The secret is to accept you can make a mistakes & fix them rather than wasting time looking for where you can assign blame.