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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RE: The wrong way
by cjmuk on Mon 11th Feb 2013 11:42 UTC in reply to "The wrong way"
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I couldn't agree more with this.

It *shouldn't* be a free-for-all. Content creators *should* get paid fairly.

Clearly, no one is going to generate content for (solely) free - they need to be reimbursed somehow. If we have uninhibited sharing, the distributors will find ever more unpleasant and cumbersome means of restricting us and shaking us down for cash.

The solution (IMHO) is to bring in fairer laws regarding fair use. Allow us to (temporarily) share content with friends an family (as we would if we were sharing a book). Allow us to freely convert content into different formats and platforms, and not expect us to pay multiple times for the same content. Allow us to resell our content, providing we forfeit our right to use it in future. Allow us to purchase content from any market, regardless of our geography and platform, so we can seek the best value deal we can.

Copying is partially a response to the ever-more restrictive constraints that distributors place on us. Rebalance the relationship, and there will be no excuses for avoiding pay a fair price to content creators.

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