At the beginning of this year, the MPAA and six studios – Universal, Sony, Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Disney – joined together to begin a new campaign against piracy on the web. A January 25th email lays out a series of legally and technically ambitious new tools, including new measures that would block infringing sites from reaching customers of many major ISPs. Documents reviewed by The Verge detail the beginning of a new plan to attack piracy after the federal SOPA efforts failed by working with state attorneys general and major ISPs like Comcast to expand court power over the way data is served. If successful, the result would fundamentally alter the open nature of the internet.
Those who try to halt progress eventually always lose.
As a sidenote, because I absolutely love stressing this: of the companies mentioned, Disney is the absolute worst. Disney’s entire fortune was built almost exclusively on taking public domain works from Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world, build an empire with those, and then proceed to lock everyone else out through corruption and buying off the US government. Without the open and limited copyright laws that Disney seeks to eliminate and has eliminated, the company itself would not have existed.
Behind the friendly facade, the Disney company is pure, unadulterated evil. Apple, Google, Microsoft – they’re saints compared to the damage Disney has done to the progress of culture and the free flow of information in the 20th century.
“…they’re saints compared to the damage Disney has done to the progress of culture and the free flow of information in the 20th century.”
Meh, Disney may behave foolishly and overprotective of their IP, but they’ve hardly damaged progress of culture.