The Oscars this year left a lot to be desired. An industry which is deeply crony, corporate as all get out (anyone heard of Sony Pictures or the MPAA?), highly stratified, a boys club at the highest levels, collectively decided to try to shame the great unwashed on Sunday night on all manner of things. DiCaprio waxing about “corporate interests” (huh?) and “protecting the planet” while still smelling of fresh jet fuel from his flight into La La Land was classic.
The “spirit” of Hollywood.
Hollywood is a money making machine. (Most of the time.) It has also shown itself to be a retrograde industry which employs big time crony tactics to crush those who challenge the movie studio staus quo. (Think SOPA.) It is a club which celebrates itself over and over and pretty effectively gets much of the world to buy into the charade. Even people with real power fall victim to movie star charms.
You had some good times Hollywood. Just remember them. But now it’s time for a new thing.
That sounds about right. Hollywood, as we have seen over the years and particularly with recent “leaks” has no shame. They will do what they have to do to protect their increasingly dying product and distribution mechanism even if it means screwing up the Internet for everyone else.
In case you haven’t been following this story, the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade group for Hollywood headed by former senator Chris Dodd, has been accused of “improperly” (that’s the right word at this point) influencing states’ attorneys general in an effort to make life hard for Google. Google, Hollywood believes, makes it too easy to find “pirated” content online. So the barons of the big screen may have been calling up buddies in AG offices around the nation to put pressure on the Internet giant.
Remember SOPA? The hiddeous beast of a bill sponsored by Hollywood which sought to jam the file content sharing genie back in the bottle? The bill that the whole Internet world rose up against and forced the politicians to back down on? Remember that? Well one of the lobbyists who headed the effort to severely restrict the Internet so that the media companies could cling to their outdated business models has now been nominated by Obama to head the effort in the secret (to us –
Hollywood knows how to work the system. There is just something about movie stars which hypnotizes politicians. That and the pile of campaign contributions.
Copyright in this country is a huge gift granted by Congress which benefits large media corporations primarily. Copyright as it is now, life of the creator plus 70 years, stifles innovation and creation. In so doing it stifles the overall economy.
The 4th Amendment (and adherence to it) is vital to the security and dignity of individual citizens. It says;
Senator Dodd knows what’s best.
The business of content has been in flux for the last 15 years. The old business models are dead or close to dead, but that isn’t stopping the movie studios from trying to hold back progress while they still have the resources to deploy in government.
If you care about freedom, if you care about liberty, you owe both of these men a debt of gratitude. I know I owe them.
The 20th Century was all about big giant businesses, with a Vatican-like hierarchy. The movie and TV business was no exception.
We have incredibly restrictive copyright laws in this country. Big media companies have made the media marketplace worse for the public with these laws and may have even worked against their own interests by lobbying for overly restrictive copyrights according to a new study.
Right now, secret negotiations which will profoundly affect what the 21st century global economy will look like are happening. You are not invited to weigh in. The power players of the world are busy negotiating the game for their benefit, and they are calling it “free trade.” It is not.