Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

So don't you think that copyright law needs reform to take into account the new age of digital distribution?


I think copyright should be designed in such a way that it promotes the arts - not in a way that it promotes making money, something which has NEVER been the intent of the concept of copyright.

Considering how content providers are abusing copyright - yes, I'd rather see it reduced greatly, just to make sure we kill off the big content providers, and then rebuild the whole concept from the ground-up.

We live in a capitalist society, and in such a society, business models should be able to die. The old-world, pre-internet business model of the content providers has failed, and we should not use laws to try and keep them erect.

When we discovered a massive natural gas reserve in The Netherlands in the '60s (one of the biggest in the world), we allowed the coal mines in the south to die. The changing market had rendered the coal mining model obsolete, and as such, it died out. It's harsh, but that'd how mankind progresses. The content providers' old business model - like the coal mines - should simply die out. It has no life in it any more, and abusing legislation to uphold a failing business model is something I'd expect from a communist country - not from the west.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Ok, so I get where you are coming from. Unfortunately, creating art for the sake of creating art will mean that all that exists is low budget artsy type things. Which have their place, but personally, I want my BSG.

My problem is for something with production values to exist, you need some way to make money. Once the rest of the world have caught up to the geeks in terms of technology usage, in the style of copyright you are describing, that would mean all revenue coming from product placement style advertising, where an ad is inseparable from the content, or the content itself becomes an ad.

Personally, I would rather have 20 second commercial breaks every half hour from a hulu style site then that. In fact, the only single thing I hate about hulu is that it is not available outside the states.

Now, maybe I can't just think up an innovative enough model for high quality TV and movies to exist. But the money needs to come from somewhere.

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