Another massive fail
Ha Ha!, does anyone really think that this about copyright infringement, its about the copyright mafia trying to increase their monopolistic stronghold on the music product, still good to see all those trips by dark lord Mandy to Corfu have paid off for the copyright mafia.
The European Commission's Digital Competitiveness Report (http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/eeurope/i2010/docs/annual_report/2009/sec_2009_1060_vol_1.pdf) makes for interesting reading, particularly section 5.1
Basically a lot of people fell that they have paid for their connection, and are entitled to grab whatever they can off the internet and are willing only to pay for those services that provide additional added value over and above that provided by those services they can obtain for free. And let’s face it there are a lot of legitimate free sources of content on the web. There are some figures in the report, which I haven’t analysed to any great extent, but it seems a lot of people are watching web TV and listening to web Radio.
The report also states that digital download are up by 25% in 2009 v 2008, the corresponding drop in CD sales is about 12% (depending on source), is there something the copyright mafia are not telling us? I have also read that in some European countries there is a 12½% levy on the sales of all blank media to compensate the copyright mafia (including HDDs) for the copyright material that will be placed on such media. When the copyright mafia control the internet will they start lobbying to have this levy removed, they will like fuck! It *would* be very interesting to find out exactly how much the mafia are getting from this little kickback .
I suspect that this new approach is more about censoring the web rather than about stopping copyright infringement, after lobbying politicians in the US to get the DMCA act passed, they have found out that it is in fact useless in protecting the copyright mafia’s stranglehold on music; so now they are trying something else. Since they can’t control the product (that other people create) they now want to control the distribution medium (that other people create), in the same way a parasite will suck the life blood from its victim. DMCA failed to stop DeCSS being published and the copyright mafiaa spent 5 years chasing Jon Johansen through the Norwegian legal system only to have him acquitted on all counts.
“The BPI believes it is analogous to defamation injunctions, where publication and distribution of an entire work can be halted because of an offending passage.”
Interesting approach, so what they are saying is that Sony should have been stopped selling all their products when they started putting BMG rootkits on CD that illegally installed itself on peoples and could be exploited by virus writers. May I be the first to congratulate the BPI on recommending that Sony be shut down; I suppose it will only be a short time before the BPI wants the rest of the monopolists shut down as well.
This law will do nothing to reduce piracy, but then also I suspect that there are very few torrent sites hosted in the UK anyway, with most P2P sites “abroad” with anonymous registration of the domain name. I predict that this law will be implemented, that more restrictive copyright conditions will be attached to CDs and DVDs (no secondary sales perhaps), the copyright mafia will use it for everything bar the purpose it was intended for, but that seems to be the case with UK laws.
So this is just another ploy by the copyright mafia to control their monopoly, where the real targets are not the pirates, whom they are not able to stop anyway, but the cut price operations (such as grey-importers) who are showing the copyright mafia that it is possible to reduce price and still make a profit.
The copyright mafia’s monopolistic business empire has failed, they just don’t realist it yet!