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.
Hollywood, the recording industry, and the cell phone companies are trying to hold technology back and in the process doing a disservice to the American consumer. Time to get with the times and accept that these industries must adapt or die.
SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, CISPA, the freedom of the Internet is under assault from crony industry and governments. It’s about control. It is about the reining in of information. It is about restricting innovators and protecting dinosaur business models.
Former Senator Chris Dodd (Joe Biden’s best friend) is now head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Dotcom (that is his last name) thinks that the White House and Hollywood are colluding to take down Megaupload and in the process seeking to deal a blow to the encryption community worldwide. Both Hollywood and the White House don’t want you to have any anonymity on the Internet. Governments and legacy media both fear encryption. For the average person encryption is freedom.
Hollywood crony deals seem to fail like Madonna movies.
There are very good arguments, both for and against copyright. Our founders thought that such rights were vital to encourage innovation and creative exploration.