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18 January 2012 @ 06:20 am
Yeah, everyone's doing it, but Some Anvils Need To Be Dropped.

You know, it's not about piracy or copyright. Those are lies. What Big Media is really afraid of, and what's really "threatening" their profits (which are, BTW, at a record high), is that the Internet makes it easy for creators to reach their audiences directly. I figured that out back in the Napster days, when Big Media emasculated MP3.com, and nothing has changed since then.

I call this "The Temple of Syrinx Hypothesis": "We've taken care of everything, the words you read, the songs you sing, the pictures that you plug into your eyes ..."

And the biggest threat to them is that some random schlub will find a guitar.

That video I linked to a few weeks back, explaining how the big media companies themselves were the ones most responsible for distributing the tools of file-sharing and torrenting and making sure people knew how to use them to get Dubious Bits?

This is why.

I'm going to say it again:

They aren't afraid of "pirates".
They're afraid of creators.

I feel: infuriatedoutraged
scarfman on January 18th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)

I condensed this to 140 characters. https://twitter.com/#!/AKOTAS/status/159641893834207232

one in a billionsiege on January 18th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
avon_deer on January 18th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
For me, it is no co-incidence that the sudden urgency in combating piracy on line only surfaced shortly after the wiki leaks scandal. That should tell you all you need to know about this proposed legislation.

Edited at 2012-01-18 04:39 pm (UTC)
pseudo manitoupseudomanitou on January 18th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'll play devil's advocate -- online piracy and such seem small in America, but in other areas of the world *cough*ASIA*cough*, it is a major problem.

(And now back to me being me:) But what media corporations can do, and what they WANT to do are not in line here. They are asking for powers, and placing the restraint in the hands of the US government -- which hasn't given us much faith in their ability to mitigate abuses of such power BEFORE the damage is done.

I find the it grossly unequal, that corporations -- which can, and have, taken on the responsibility for some losses due to piracy for the sake of their profits, are being weighted higher than the public, which cannot absorb ANY impact from the possible abuses of copyright authority.

The current situation only causes some harm to corporations. These bills, as currently written, could absolutely destroy small businesses and individuals -- while doing very little to reduce the minor pain those media corporations feel.

In the meantime -- individual artists still have to decide if they can afford a lawyer to pursue copyright enforcement of their materials, while corporations can just dump a legal team anywhere inside of a day.
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: Shiny Bubblesfoofers on January 27th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Have you seen this? It's like...yeah...Athelind nailed it.
Your Obedient Serpent: fascismathelind on January 27th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Holy SHIT.

It's MP3.com all over again.

This has got to stop. It's like it's 1912 instead of 2012, and the robber barons have bribed the government and sent out the Pinkertons to Deal With anyone driving one of those new-fangled auto-cars without a proper buggy-whip.