On Tue, 2010-10-12 at 14:58 +0100, Éibhear wrote:
> The music industry is one of middle-men. The internet has proven time and
> again that it can allow people to bypass the middle-men, and that's a hard
> pill to swallow for those with limited imagination. The music industry is
> also extremely powerful, and it cares for nothing other than its own
> profits. What we need to be careful of is to ensure that nothing happens
> in order to "protect" this industry that will have a collateral impact on
> all our other uses of the internet. For example, Viacom attempted to use
> the courts in the US to get YouTube shut down completely, despite its
> obvious benefits. The entertainment industry is of the belief that
> internet policy must, first and foremost, conform with its world view, and
> the reports of Mr. Justice Charleton's ruling yesterday doesn't suggest
> that the belief has been contradicted.
On the funny note, the music industry was fighting same battle (being on
the other side) with the sellers of notes when they started selling
recorded music, maybe somebody should have reminded them of that.
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