I have to disagree with you here. One practical example is China, which has a blatant disregard for IP. While, in the states, this disregard is only for entertainment IP, the actual IP disregard is far more serious. It is to the point where companies hire employees *specifically to steal other company's secrets*. If you look at countries known for their intangible properties (entertainment, books, software), China's certainly not one of them.
Information, or, rather, research, often has an overhead costs that no one wants to pay. Basic research has been chronically underfunded, and only performed in universities, because companies see no immediate profitable benefits from it.
> My big problem is that I really like movies, TV, and music. But I VALIUE the internet more.
If I have to choose, if I have to pick one or the other, I will keep the internet and will turn my back on movies, TV, and music (at least corporate version of them) FOREVER.
Actually, I found this to be pretty darn easy. I originally stopped watching teevee (and more PBS) because I hated to watch commercials. Then, thanks to the internet (and Sims 3!) I got used to watching entertainment on *my* schedule, not theirs. Thanks to the lowering prices of DVDs, I've already amassed a ridiculous collection of DVDs I haven't seen yet, of shows that are even cancelled. And, thanks to SOPA, I'm now reading TechDirt and reddit on a daily basis. It also doesn't hurt that some content providers *do* understand how the internet works -- I'm perfectly happy to watch my anime (ahem) on Crunchyroll.com on my iPad. Yeah, the commercials are back, but at least there's this Skip button on the iPad. (:
Our congresspersons don't do that. In fact, a good number of bills are written by the lobbyists. I don't know how laws are written in your country, but ours are written in complex, convoluted, legalese, and, sadly, we need those who *do* understand the law to editorialize it for us.
Anyone who wants to watch a $200 million dollar movie should pay for it, but what the RIAA/MPAA want to do is eliminate *content* production, and shutting down file sharing sites is one way for them to do it.
If you read other TechDirt articles about MU, many song artists distribute their music via MU. Premium users download the music, MU pays the artists because they pay the content providers who result in the most downloads. Everyone wins except the MPAA, which is why MU got shut down.
I read the articles about the movie. What I find interesting is how it takes advantage of the "killer app" that's killing movie theatres -- home entertainment systems. Another interesting comment was that the movie would film a scene only once every few weeks when people were available and that friends were happy to let the filmakers borrow "stuff" for the movie. If *that's* not crowdsourcing, I don't know what it. And what it *isn't* is about money. It's people putting together a movie because they *want* to, not because of $$$.
As for Kevin Smith's movie, what's wrong with making a movie? Isn't that the whole point of "indie" films? That you can *express yourself* and whoever likes it is there for the ride? Okay, fine, you don't like his movie. Plenty of other movies to watch.
The question isn't even how we can make an entertaining movie that's inexpensive. The question isn't even how can we make *entertainment* itself inexpensive. The question is how can we make content that people want that is cheap and even free.
Well, you're looking at it. The *real* threat to the entertainment industry is user-generated content which is often *free*. You're not paying (directly) to read TechDirt. I'm not paying to post. But this is how we wish to spend our time and it is *free*.
If you want a movie with glitzy special effects, or if you want to watch something with a big-name actor, then, sure, you're going to pay for it. It's no different than if you insist on watching a $20 DVD on a $2000 home entertainment system. If you want something tha costs money to make, you should pay for it.
But entertainment is *not* a necessity. You do *not* have to watch Snakes on a Plane. If you do, sure, pay for it. But if you can find other ways to spend your time that don't cost money, you don't have to watch *that* particular movie.
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