EviL Ras wrote:Wont matter now. apparently all of britain will be cut off the net as we all download!
Hmm, yes. I really thing Madelson ought to be investigated for conflicts of interest, seeing as he's been wined and dined by Geffin before pushing these policies though. By doing so, he as really compromised himself, IMHO. I mean, how many of us can wine and dine a politician on our yacht so they can listen to our opinions?
As for "illegal downloads". Between DRM free music shops and Spotify, there's no need to illegally download music any more. Thanks to Steam, buying games is more convenient than downloading illegally. If the movie and book industries woke up to this, and actually provided their material on terms that suit consumers (i.e. DRM free with non-proprietary formats), then illegal file sharing would no longer occur in significant numbers
Just to clarify what I think needs doing. I think when we buy media, (A) We should have the option of "try before you buy", and (B) We should not have any restrictions put on us after we've spent out money. I.e. emulate the analogue world, with the headphone booth and an unrestricted CD/LP/Tape. In music things are now good, because Spotify (and Last.fm to a lesser extent) fills the "try before you buy" gap. It's actually simpler to use Spotify than it is to go an torrent an album. Then we have plenty of DRM free on-line music stores, that are selling in the ubiquitous MP3 format (okay, MP3 is proprietary, but the level of ubiquity almost cancels that out). So we're sorted. Steam on the other hand, does have DRM, but I personally haven't needed to do something where the DRM got in the way, but they do lack a trial feature, I think they need that. So if we have movie and e-book outlets that mirrored the current music situation, why would you ever need to go file sharing again?
Let's face it also, that by suing a lonely & poor single mother for downloading a few songs, they're going after the low hanging fruit. If they're that serious about piracy, why don't the stop trying to frighten the living crap out of ordinary people, and go after the organised crime groups who are actually making a profit by selling illegal copies!!!
Another thing is that if people at home sharing files is such a problem, how come nobody as gone out of business? Sure they can argue that they're loosing profits, supported with evidence from the department of big numbers, but they're still making a profit. Case in point, Geffin who has lobbied Mandelson into doing this thing, has a personal fortune of £4.6bn, so we can all plainly see, he is really suffering due to file sharing ... NOT.
If it's true that people at home sharing files is truly such a drain on the businesses, I want to see some blood on the floor, I want to see studios actually go out business because file sharing truly made it too difficult for them to do business. Otherwise, I think you have to question what you hear in the propaganda, *cough*, news.