Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Feb 2013 02:02 UTC
Legal "This means that people can no longer get convicted for violating the copyright monopoly alone. The court just declared it illegal for any court in Europe to convict somebody for breaking the copyright monopoly law when sharing culture, only on the merits of breaking the law. A court that tries somebody for violating the copyright monopoly must now also show that a conviction is necessary to defend democracy itself in order to convict. This is a considerably higher bar to meet." Well, that's progress, I guess.
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The wrong way
by darknexus on Fri 8th Feb 2013 05:01 UTC
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I think they're going about this the wrong way. I know how much everyone wants to believe they're entitled to get something without paying, but please do realize that people's livelyhoods often depend on most of the works you download. Now, I'll be the first to say that what we have now is not fair to most content creators. Unless you're self-publishing your work (not always possible for large budget projects), most of the money is taken by the middlemen. Problem is, the attitude of "stick it to them" really accomplishes nothing except to deny the artist what few pennies they would have gotten. I take a rather novel approach to these things: If I like the content, the price is fair, and there's no drm, I'll pay for it. If not, guess what? I go without. Wow.
The problem is, those who think file sharing sends a message to these media conglomerates are absolutely correct, but it's not the message they intend. What it actually tells them is: We need to make more of this stuff and try even harder to cripple it with drm to force people to pay our ridiculous prices. The result? An endless cat and mouse game.
Legislating penalties for file sharing isn't going to help. What needs done instead is to get a handle on the drm problem and limit that. At the same time, the artists and content creators need to unite and deal with these middlemen (that can be done entirely without legislation). It's not going to be easy. There are no quick fix pills for this, and it's not a problem you can legislate away. It's a combination of greed on one side (both with the middlemen and those who pirate the content) and short-sightedness on the other (the content creators and the legislators). It will take a huge shift in mentality to overcome it, and it has to start with those who create the content and those who pirate it. Stop supporting it, in any way, even by pirating it because you're telling the big guys that you want more. The artists need to stand up for themselves and, yes, that might mean monetary hardship for a time. We need to surround these big conglomerates from both sides and cut them off. No laws, no petitions, no toothless protests will fix this. It's going to take action. Meanwhile, the legislators can do something useful on their end and either outlaw drm or enforce some kind of fair use terms on all drm mechanisms.
P.S. If I didn't make it clear, I only refer to pirates as those who download without having paid. I have no objections to anyone converting purchased media to alternate formats, or resorting to downloading to get an alternate copy of what they own that is more convenient for them.

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