The six strikes plan is a threat to the internet and our culture. These morons are trying to stack the deck against innovation and progress. We don't have to take it.
There were a few things that didn't make the cut in the video that I would like to mention here. Another issue with the Six Strikes plan is that is claims to be about protecting content creators and copyright holders, however it only protects "big media". Indie artists are left with no protection. I mean, is anyone going to care if you download a Zweihander torrent.
Most indie artists do not want this "protection" anyway. They understand that sharing is key to their success. I thought I should mention that since it was good stuff, but didn't make the cut.
Let's discuss! Also, please share the video. The more we talk about the root of the problem the more chance we have to change things. I'm truly sick of all these other "journalists" out there that simply deliver the news. They miss the point. It's time to get mad.
Here are the raw, unedited notes from the video... so ignore the shorthand:
Six Strikes Against the RIAA, MPAA, Big Media, and the Powers that be
Speed history lesson (we will cover it a little more in "Strike 6")
This is as much about controlling the information as it is about controlling the flow of money!
- Printing press
- upset the price of books
- upset the spread of information
- powers that be freaked out
- peasants can read!!!
These morons should know that free information will change the world (just like the press)... and most people will agree that the world is better if information is attainable. However, the powers that be have a disease. They don't want anyone else to have access to information and they want all the money. It's irrational, it's despicable, but it's how they are. Put on your tin foil hats if you want to look deeper into that... We are going to move on.
Next month the ISPs start the six strikes nonsense. Mention companies involved: AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon
SIX Strikes against the RIAA and the MPAA
Background on this: The ISPs & "content creators" created the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). They are using MakeMonitor to monitor the traffic. They agreed to hire an impartial third party to guarantee the accuracy of the evidence...
Strike 1: Corruption
- MarkMonitor runs the system that identifies illicit activity
- Stroz Friedberg was hired as an "independent third party" to evaluate MarkMonitor
- Stroz Friedberg lobbied for the RIAA from 2004 to 2009 (earning $637,000)
Also interesting, MakeMonitor owns the company DtecNet. This company already works closely with the RIAA and MPAA in Irleland where they have a three-strikes program. DtecNet knows almost nothing about BitTorrent technology. It's a massive joke. This is full of mistakes and blatant errors: http://www.scribd.com/doc/62091097/DtecNet-After-Pirate-Bay-White-Paper-Oct-2009
Strike 2: Corruption
- Beryl A. Howell - Former RIAA lobbyist put in place to Bully the ISP's into
- Federal Judge now ruling on BitTorrent lawsuits (Said ISP's deserve copyright trolls for not doing more to stop infringement... totally siding with the RIAA, etc.)
- Used to be one of the biggest lobbyists for the RIAA
- They are using her to help bully the ISP's into doing their bidding "The ISP's are not doing enough to stop piracy" she said...
The users are guilty until proven innocent...
Strike 3: The Tracking System is a joke
- · Often this IP thing is poorly understood by the judge and Grandma’s / Dead people end up losing court battles anyway.
- · The punishments in these cases are absolutely outrageous. Jamie Thomas was fined 675,0000 – a verdict clearly designed to be punitive and hopefully scare anyone, guilty or not, into doing whatever they can to settle matters.
Strike 4: This will cause internet crime/ identity theft to rise
- The parties that want to pirate or value their privacy will be driven underground
- Liken this to the drug wars and how they cause increased violence... drugs are still trafficked... people still do them... it's just all underground now
- WPA & WEP are very easy to crack these days
- Users will be encouraged to hack into neighbors routers... this means innocent people will receive strikes... courts are already finding people guilty for traffic that occurs on their network... even if they are unaware of this traffic (absolutely absurd)
Strike 5: People will Practice Safe Sharing - You can not stop culture... you can not stop sharing... it's human nature...
The VCR is going to kill the industry, the cassette tape is going to ruin the industry, the mini-disc is going to destroy profits, etc. NOPE
The RIAA says this on their website: "While downloading one song may not feel that serious of a crime, the accumulative impact of millions of songs downloaded illegally – and without any compensation to all the people who helped to create that song and bring it to fans – is devastating. One credible study by the Institute for Policy Innovation pegs the annual harm at $12.5 billion dollars in losses to the U.S. economy as well as more than 70,000 lost jobs and $2 billion in lost wages to American workers."
Rob Reid did an amazing Ted Talk in which he used their math to value his iPod at $8 Billion dollars. http://blog.ted.com/2012/03/20/the-numbers-behind-the-copyright-math/ (It's hilarious and sad)
Also, people that share files buy 30% MORE music than others (according to the http://americanassembly.org/ (Columbia University): http://piracy.americanassembly.org/where-do-music-collections-come-from/
Lastly, even the RIAA's own study concluded that 70% of all file sharing is done offline... through harddrives, etc. This will increase.
Strike 6: The RIAA, MPAA, and judges like Beryl A. Howell are on the wrong side of history.
Talk about different techs a little... printing press again... the reaction of the nobility and "powers that be"... liken that to today?
Information will be free one day. These morons will not live forever... They will die and their ways will die with them (will they?).
I just want to mention the future and challenge the RIAA, MPAA, etc. to think about what they are really doing.
A Message from Wendell
DO YOU PEOPLE REALIZE that one of the foundational tenants of copyright law is that you cannot copyright an idea? Merely an expression of that idea – written, performance, pictorial, etc. And copyright law was designed to carefully balance the positive benefit of encouraging genius and promoting useful discoveries and the overall benefit to society. Currently copyright is extremely long – about 170 years for corporations.. but originally when enacted in the US it was about 14 years.
Like the US, many other countries have extended the copyright term. Effectively this keeps more and more works out of the public domain
Pride and Prejudice. And Zombies.
The public domain provision in copyright law is built with the intent to encourage progress in the arts and sciences (a goal considered noble enough to be included in the U.S. Constitution) by enabling the production of derivative works. Whether this is a cross-media adaptation, such as an innovative film by a crew that could never afford the rights to an owned property, a fresh translation of an ancient text, or inserting zombie-combat into a novel of 19th century British manners, the principle is the same. Such a new creative act, built upon those previous, can be just as viable as a work of pure imagination.
My message to you guys is to critically look at the media that you enjoy – your music and your movies. Why do you need it. I have to have it. It is back to the culture – our collective culture. But now – now that we have the internet – why do we need this industry in its current form? If we can just ween ourselves off of this industry, and vote with our dollars, it will hasten the transformation of this industry. It will bring about an information/cultural renaissance that we desperately need. All of this maneuvering, and lost sleep, by these dusty old suits is only delaying the inevitable; their business model of being middle-men and their tight controls to create artificial scarcity (to drive prices up).
WHILE WE ARE WAITING FOR THEM TO DIE – go out. Smell the world. Taste some other deliciousness. Check out some indie bands, check out some indie films. Look for media from other sources. If we put onions on our belts for a couple of years their whole thing will be dead in the water. And it will be a glorious dawn. ALL HAIL etc.