Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 00:10 UTC, submitted by SReilly
In the News "Spain last night killed a controversial anti-P2P bill that would have made it easier to shut down websites that link to infringing content. The move was a blow to the ruling Socialist government, but it may be of even bigger concern to the US, which pushed, threatened, and cajoled Spain to clamp down on downloading. And Wikileaks can take a share of the credit for the defeat."
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RE[5]: Not just anti-P2P
by dvhh on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 14:04 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not just anti-P2P"
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I would say as a former france resident that, the government is sending mixed messages to french people since years.
First the "private copy" tax, which is nonsense as it also cover media that could be used for something more personal like personal backup, or Even information storage. And I would say following from afar that the tax "upgrade" to personal media player shouldn't be targeted by this tax as it is not a mean of doing private copy. As the money the distribution scheme is so obscure that I still think that most of it is going into lobbying rather than to the artists.

And culturally speaking, there sure is a 2 sided attack on culture consumption:
1- the decline of content offered by the media, as it is the entry point for artist discover ability. Radio and television (even globally), offers fews novelty in artists and variety, plus they are more focused in selling ads than actual content (I think I can see more and more reality show on MTV than video clips). Movie theater offers a less satisfying experience than it was 5 years ago ( ok I'm not currently in France but my guess would be that it hasn't improved ), compared to say watching DVD at home on your home theater. And music really feels like rehashing the same stuff.
2-Failure to adapt to current most consumed media: internet. Most of the artists who are complaining about the P2P have little or not presence on internet and therefore are feeling a decline compared to rising artist which have a decent presence (I hear more about Justin Bieber than Bono for example, even if I don't listen to Bieber yet, his coverage seems greater to me than U2 or Metallica ).

And most of all we are currently feeling a sensory overload, between advertising, news (TV, radio, net), games, movies, art, music. Where content producer are overwhelming us with more and more expecting they would earn more, the result being less than satisfactory experience ( cramming mediocre tracks into an album to fill it, and selling it at an outrageous price ) and a large amount of unconsumed media (which cost money I guess).

Of course ITunes offers a very compelling change to all of this, with a preview experience similar to what we could have in store, and price that are also reasonnable, Amazon is catching on but lack the Apple mind share. But in these digital distribution methods artist got to make themselves more noticeable by driving a stronger digital image.

Fortunately, I was already out of France when the loppsi law was introduced, but I believe that they are removing the "innocent until proven guilty" stance on this activity by cutting connections and censoring
What's next, forcing people to buy a quota of music per year or Making an altogether tax for people having at least one functioning ear ?

On Another hand people lack education about digital prices, as they do not perceive the price of any digital medias at all, People think that website consumption is free for everybody (they ignore hosting cost ), or that an image/video seen on the internet can be used at no cost at all, because they don't know the price it cost people to produce it, so how would people understand that music they downloaded have any cost ?

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