Please read the whole interview, but this really sums up what’s going on in the media business and how the “everything must be open” fetish is turning into a destructive force, because it puts the ideology before the people:
What really turned me around wasn’t thought or theory, though – it was practice. I had been part of the recording industry – I was signed to Polygram and so on. At that time, I knew people who had middle-class jobs in the industry – studio musicians and what not – and after the decline of the music business we found that we were having to have constant fundraisers to help somebody afford some operation or deal with some other adverse circumstance.
It became clear to me that we had actually destroyed lives and I don’t want to become like Stalin and say that to make an omelette you have to break some eggs. You don’t want to get into a situation where you think that the ideology is more important than people. If you see that it’s not working for people you don’t say: “Oh, well, those are just the people who don’t get it, those are the ones who get left behind, those are the expendable ones, they don’t matter.” I think you have to say: “No, it’s the ideology that needs to be improved. It’s not working well enough.” So it was really that experience that turned me around.
So the next time you read something about a DDoS attack, please keep in mind that it may not actually be a mass movement, but specific people who hired criminals to do their dirty work.
Now this sounds a lot more like racketeering than political protest, doesn’t it?
Botnet services for hire: $8.94 an hour | Security & Privacy – CNET News.
Richtigerweise müsste die Aufforderung natürlich lauten: verteidige Googles Netz, aber der kleine Twist spricht Bände…
This is from an interview with Tim Berners-Lee
Turning to the economic argument, Berners-Lee conceded there is a problem with current online business models — especially when it comes to finding ways to pay musicians. The web should be “about spreading culture, music and getting payment back to musicians”, he said. ” We’ve got to find new ways of doing that.”
via HTML Pioneer Tim Berners-Lee Calls For More Online Innovation To Break Down Cultural Barriers And Build New Business Models | TechCrunch.
But we will soon have dongles to access the Internet and then the privacy and piracy is history.
I believe we will see the beginning of the “closing of the internet” in 2013!
This report shows the relationship between piracy infringing web sites, the ad networks distributing advertisements to them and the major brands who unwillingly support the pirate web sites.
It is important that the broader Internet community starts to realize that we don’t live in 1999 anymore and that almost any activity on the Internet is being monetized. But the participation in that monetization is kept from the creative community who, more often than not, create the films, books, music, pictures that drive the majority of traffic.
I just read this paper on frictionless sharing and I like to comment on something written inthr paper. Quoting is not allowed without permission do I just rephrase it, but the whole idea goes back to what I wrote a couple of month ago
Basically the part I’m talking about deals with recommendations: in the case of a little restaurant I like, recommending it to friends may help to keep the restaurant in business longer.
This is the argument used by most people in favor of filesharing and unlicensed distribution of music. But as you can clearly see: sharing a recommendation is all fine and dandy if you encourage your friends to support the act/artist/musician/producer as is the case with a restaurant. But sharing the actual work will have the opposite effect: less people will buy the music and the act/artist/musician/producer will go out of business.
And an industry that has been reduced by roughly 65% in the span of 12 years (meaning, we lost 3 major labels and now are left with two and also lost many many independent companies) is proof that something is broken in a medium that means so much to people and that helps young people to define who they are. It saddens me to have to argue with people (even colleagues) about business models, legality and such instead of just sharing a recommendation to a good piece of music.
This is a little screenshot from the TOS of the VPN service Private Tunnel:
Why can I not fight against the feeling that these uses are the main reason for many many copyleftists to use services such as Private Tunnel and OpenVPN?
Terms of Service.
So contrary to what all the freeloaders were screaming across the internet, it took quite a while for YouTube in the US to finally also reach an agreement there.
There’s hope after all that Google may start recognizing copyright instead of just mooching off of the traffic created by all the creative people out there.
YouTube and Music Publishers Reach Ad Accord – NYTimes.com.
Die Barmherzigen “Fans” sind also doch nicht so ehrlich wie man gerne hätte. Das würde mich ja auch wundern, weil die Zahlen lügen nicht. Nie.
Neue GfK-Studie: 73 Prozent der Filesharer kaufen keinerlei Musik | Musikmarkt.