Skip to comments.MPAA Admits To Losing PR War To The "Enemies Of Copyright"
Posted on 06/15/2009 12:51:44 PM PDT by steve-b
The MPAA apparently said that the enemies of copyright have really done a good job at creating the false premise that the interest of copyright holders and the interest of society as a whole are antagonistic during the World Copyright Summit. The worry is that their pro-copyright advocacy perspective is fading away in the public conscious.
In an interesting report from IP-Watch where there were a few choice words levelled against those that disagreed with the view-points of the copyright industry. Apparently, Fritz Attaway suggested that it's false to assume that the rights of the industry and the interest of the public good are at odds. Maybe even giving the suggestion that 10 years of copyright debates is all just a big misunderstandings perpetuated by, using the black and white term, "enemies".
So, where do these misunderstandings possibly come from anyway? We figured a short list might be in order: destroying Napster and Audio Galaxy and not creating an alternative for the get-go, raiding people's homes because they uploaded Star Wars (not necessarily leaking it in the first place), hacking the URN hash and polluting FastTrack, hacking The Pirate Bay, having Viacom serve DMCA notices to people posting video's of people eating in a restaurant on YouTube, suing tens of thousands of average American's including fining one individual $222,000 for sharing a couple songs, saying that files in a shared directory is copyright infringement in court, saying that evidence is too hard to get and that the industry shouldn't be burdened to prove their cases in court, suggesting that iPods are little more than little pirate ships, saying in court that even making one back-up copy of a DVD is illegal....
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Well, the entertainment industry fanned the flames of marxism and anti-capitalism and made it “fashionable.”
Reap what ye sow boys.
The entertainment industry doesn’t help their own cause when they constantly pass extensions to copyrights that are about to lapse in the public domain. If these guys had their way, we’d still be paying royalties for Twain, Mozart, Scott Joplin and Nat Hawthorne.
They pretty much get their way as it is.
I don’t regret occasionally burning a rented DVD because of that reason.
If the MPAA included decent people in it, not thugs, I wouldn’t ever do it (extremely rare as it is).
Otherwise, my involvement is only to back up my own DVDs. Never share them or anything, but they need to find an alternative way to do things that doesn’t make enemies.
Along the same vein—I’m trying to do the right thing and buy MP3s, and I’ve found something interesting: some HUGE bands are almost impossible to find. Aerosmith (you can only buy full albums for some of their older stuff). The Beatles (very little available, the rest is “tribute” crap). AC/DC (same as The Beatles).
I just want to buy a few choice songs. If I’m lucky, all they’ll make me do is buy an entire album for one song. Unbelievable. And they wonder why people just download the stuff free...
Good point. Often I can’t find what I want on itunes or elsewhere, so I have to download it for free.
Ummmm.. Aerosmith has 273 tracks available on iTunes Music Store, DRM free. Only four require you to buy the album. They have new and old Aerosmith stuff, too.
The Beatles are just being dicks about digital downloads, and AC/DC has openly refused to do anything but full album sales (they think that the digital world of “buy only the tracks you want” is “destroying the artistic consistency and purity of” their work. Yeah, and you guys never released singles either, right? Oh wait....)
I'm giggling right along with you. What goes around...
Talk about a false dichotomy!
Copyright (and patent) holders are not all alike. Sometimes copyright functions as the Founders intended when they gave Congress the right to grant copyrights and patents, “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”
More often than not, now, it impedes progress in science and the arts by securing to commercial interests who often are not the author or inventor of anything, exclusive rights to the works of others for seemingly unlimited times.
The most egregious example of this is the use of the state granted monopoly by Henry Holt and Co. to suppress derivative artistic works based on the works of Robert Frost. In he goth band Unto Ashes recently had to ask (and was ultimately denied) permission to use Frost’s 1928 poem “Fire and Ice” as lyrics for a song. Frost died in 1968. This is promotion of the arts? (The song recorded in Europe is really quite lovely. The lyricist wrote a parody of Frost’s poem attacking Henry Holt and Co., which replaced the track on the American CD.)
The conflict is not between copyright holders per se and the interests of society, but between commercial interests that have perverted the Constitutional basis for intellectual property law into a means of securing state-granted monopolies, which impede progress in the sciences and the arts.
Then sue Apple/ITunes then. Why go after the consumer for using the technology he or she paid for.
Didn't know that about AC/DC. What a bunch of queers.
BAMMO! EXACTLY!!!!! The concept of copyright and royalties was to provide incentives to artists and writers. Hank Williams is DEAD! Elvis is DEAD! Walt Disney is DEAD! Copyright was NOT intended so creepy little guys in $3000 suits could go around suing people to collect money on creative works which they had no part in making.
I’d sooner buy directly from the Artist and pay him for the download.
If this was truly the case then listening to AC/DC would be like listening to hard rock / metal symphony .... each song in an album is a movement? I don't think so.
That’s because Columbia (who owns the rights to the first three Aerosmith albums) is also being a dick. They’re owned by Sony, and they made that an exclusive on the old Sony Connect music store (which was a complete failure). They’re still pissed about it, so they try to shaft everyone else.