Saturday, 23 February 2008


The proposed ISP/peer to peer regulation, although it may be technologically impossible, is a horrible idea.
Firstly, there are the privacy issues; for such a system to work, ALL users would have to be theoretically monitored, which goes against a basic principle of British (at least) justice. You know, it's a basic right that people should be left to their own devices by the state unless they are seen to be doing something wrong. The state apparatus should not be observing us all the time to check; that is 1984 or Stasi territory.
Secondly, "the music/film industry"'s complaints are largely misguided, and their problems largely self made.
Complaining about piracy; we've been here before with tapes. Some people used to either listen to the radio, or tape songs off the radio if they could, and they might have bought three or four records a year. These people may now download lots of music, as they can, but there's no "loss", as they wouldn't have bought the music instead.
Other people, like me, used to record and exchange music via tape, which would inform what we bought. Sharing music illegally encouraged me to buy more.
I use p2p etc in exactly the same way. I know other people don't buy records - but they never did.
Record sales in decline; major labels basically don't invest in a broad enough range of music. They generally support a very conservative range of "artists", and it wasn't always so. I would say their own cynicism has damaged their sales, so they can sod off. For the film industry - piracy messages have got so irritating on DVDs, "the studios" can also sod off, I don't care. They still seem to find millions of dollars to make terrible CGI remakes of films I used to love, what's their problem? Piracy hasn't made Will Smith homeless, has it?
"Ooh, but maybe it will", says industry man. Well, it might be fun to try, but somehow I doubt it'll work.

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