Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Sep 2011 15:48 UTC
Legal "Secret U.S. government cables show a stunning willingness by senior Canadian officials to appease American demands (more here) for a U.S.-style copyright law here. The documents describe Canadian officials as encouraging American lobbying efforts. They also cite cabinet minister Maxime Bernier raising the possibility of showing U.S. officials a draft bill before tabling it in Parliament. The cables, from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, even have a policy director for then industry minister Tony Clement suggesting it might help U.S. demands for a tough copyright law if Canada were placed among the worst offenders on an international piracy watch list. Days later, the U.S. placed Canada alongside China and Russia on the list." Unbelievable. Suddenly I understand why the SFPD had no qualms about acting as henchmen for Apple goons to violate someone's constitutional rights. If a government is messed up, it only makes sense this is reflected in the corporate policies of its prime corporations.
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MollyC
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2006-07-04

I don't think the big movie spectacles like LOTR or Avatar or things like that would be produced. I don't think the high quality TV shows like Breaking Bad or Mad Men would be produced in your world.

Now, if you're satisfied with small films produced in people's garages or TV shows that are akin to amatuer YouTube videos or whatever, then fine, allow rampant copying. But I LIKE the big movies the big spectacles that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to produce. I like the high quality TV shows that cost big money to make. And yes, I like the music produced by well-known artists over the decades (as much as such music is derided by the artsy-fartsy crowd, most of the "indy" music that hey push is forgettable garbage). And while I don't play video games like I did when I was younger, I like the big budget video games like Halo and the like; I wouldn't want the video game industry to be stuck with Angry Birds or Tetris (as fun as games like that may be, that is the only kind of game we would get in a non-copyright world).

Big budget movies, TV, software, video games would not be produced if there is no chance for decent "return on investment". We'd be stuck with small budget stuff. Ther's a place for those, but there's a place for the big budget stuff too.

I don't belive in the "starving artist" doctrine either. There's nothing wrong with artists/creators making money. They shouldn't have to starve or live by begging rich patrons to pay for private performances or whatever. We had a patronage system in the past - only the rich could afford to be patrons and only the rich enjoyed the arts produced, and there wasn't nearly as much art produced back then either. That time is of the past, and good riddance.

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