Archive for June 2007
In response to IFPIs ten inconvenient truths about piracy I have made my own list.
1. Pirate Bay, one of the flagships of the anti-copyright movement, makes thousands of euros from advertising on its site, while maintaining its anti-establishment “free music” rhetoric.
1. IFPI, one of the flagships of the copyright movement, makes millions of euros by selling music with DRM twice, because they lobbied a law package called the DMCA (or INFOSOC) which forbid you to copy your music for personal purposes.
2. Allofmp3.com, the well-known Russian website, has not been licensed by a single IFPI member, has been disowned by right holder groups worldwide and is facing criminal proceedings in Russia.
2. IFPI, the well-known organisation, has refused to recieve money from ROMS for a single artist in their stall whose fees they are paid to collect by its members (Read: Starving artists.. bu-hu). AllOfMP3.com is not illegal in Russia.
3. Organised criminal gangs and even terrorist groups use the sale of counterfeit CDs to raise revenue and launder money.
3. Organised rights holders use the sale of CDs to raise revenue for advertising, lobbying and suing kids.
4. Illegal file-sharers don’t care whether the copyright infringing work they distribute is from a major or independent label.
4. Record companies don’t care whether the work they distribute is from a major or independent label – as long as they can rip them off.
5. Reduced revenues for record companies mean less money available to take a risk on “underground” artists and more inclination to invest in “bankers” like American Idol stars.
5. High CEO salaries and useless suits mean less money to the artists “at risk”. The internet will eliminate the need for record companies and greedy CEOs.
6. ISPs often advertise music as a benefit of signing up to their service, but facilitate the illegal swapping on copyright infringing music on a grand scale.
6. ISPs facilitate data traffic between A and B. They do not filter your content. They do not sue you. They guard your privacy. Which is what IFPI would like to take away from you.
7. The anti-copyright movement does not create jobs, exports, tax revenues and economic growth – it largely consists of people pontificating on a commercial world about which they know little.
7. Immaterial rights creates wealth in – rich countries. Who cares about the commercial world? Since when did it care about you or music? Reality is that music is immaterial. Nature and physics does not facilitate a commercial world where you can own or sell immaterial things. I care about the music not about money, does IFPI
8. Piracy is not caused by poverty. Professor Zhang of Nanjing University found the Chinese citizens who bought pirate products were mainly middle or higher income earners.
8. Suing file-sharers is not done by poor record labels and independent artists. Professor Zhang of Nanjing University neglected to tell that poor people in China has better things to do than listen to music, like provide food for their family – maybe?
9. Most people know it is wrong to file-share copyright infringing material but won’t stop till the law makes them, according to a recent study by the Australian anti-piracy group MIPI.
9. What constitutes wrong? Taking away peoples privacy? Their rights? Their freedom? – Their music?
10. P2P networks are not hotbeds for discovering new music. It is popular music that is illegally file-shared most frequently.
10. P2P networks are hotbeds for discovering new music. It is naturally popular music that is file-shared most frequently – that is what the word popular means, right?
I’m a member of Danish socialist party Enhedslisten.
In a debate recently, it was decided that criminalise buying sex was to be a part of the party’s political programme. I’m strongly against that. I agree that it is horrible when women (and men) are forced into prostitution, but we must remember that some people actually chose to be a prostitute. I’ve talked with a local brothel and they get several calls a day from girls who want to work there. Why should they not have that choice? To work as a prostitute?
The demand for prostitutes is there, and by criminalising buying sex the trend will lead towards a black market run by criminals which in turn will lead to more trafficking and forced prostitution. A great example to what will happen is when alcohol was banned in USA. The demand will not disappear, but instead lead to more crime surrounding that business.
If we were to do something we should demand psychological reports. We have a reasonable welfare check that will allow you to have a great life even if you don’t work. Poverty is not an issue in that debate. The only reasons I see is narcotics (which is only a problem because it is illegal) and mental instability.
I completely disagree with my party in that debate, but luckily for them I wasn’t there.
Is copyright really empowering music?
Featuring, in order of appearance:
DR LAWRENCE FERRARA, Director of Music Department NYU
PAUL V LICALSI, Attorney Sonnenschein
JANE PETERER, Bridgeport Music
DR SIVA VAIDHYANATHAN, NYU
DANGER MOUSE, Producer
DAN GLICKMAN, CEO MPAA
ANAKATA, The Pirate Bay
TIAMO, The Pirate Bay
RICK FALKVINGE, The Pirate Party
LAWRENCE LESSIG, Creative Commons
RONALDO LEMOS, Professor of Law FGV Brazil
CHARLES IGWE, Film Producer Lagos Nigeria
MAYO AYILARAN, Copyright Society of Nigeria
OLIVIER CHASTAN, VP Records
JOHN KENNEDY, Chairman IFPI
SHIRA PERLMUTTER, Head of Global Legal Policy IFPI
PETER JENNER, Sincere Management
JOHN BUCKMAN, Magnatune Records
BETO METRALHA, Producer Belém do Pará Brazil
DJ DINHO, Tupinambá Belém do Pará Brazil
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