Non-news: Copyright Mafia still dickheads, as World Copyright Summit proves

It looks like some key speakers at the World Copyright Summit have a temper problem and don’t like to stick to the facts.

It’s interesting that this “creative industry” claims that even stronger copyright is the only way to defend artists’ freedom and let them make money, while the artists themselves have found better ways of defending their rights quite some time ago, and continue to explore new business models that the creative industry would never have thought of.

Now it’s my turn to sound like a dick: In 40 years, most of the old farts in top positions at the Copyright Mafia will be either retired or dead. That forces new blood into the heads of these organizations. Maybe then they will finally understand what their customers have already understood since, oh, let’s say 1991, when MP2 (MPEG Layer 2 audio) came along.

PS: Why is it that every time you hear about the Copyright Mafia, they have told a lie, bribed a judge, corrupted a court case or done something else that is dishonest or illegal? You’d think they’d be the shining knights of honesty, but instead…

PPS: Poor music industry, it seems people buy games more than they buy music these days. But that’s surely P2P’s fault, isn’t it? Magnificent reasoning.

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2 thoughts on “Non-news: Copyright Mafia still dickheads, as World Copyright Summit proves”

  1. I believe it comes down to the same old thing – value.

    1) I can pay $15 for a full CD from an artist, and listen to the one or two quality songs amidst the filler

    2) I can listen to the radio and get those same two songs for free – albeit not from a convenience standpoint

    3) I can buy the individual songs for $1-2 each from iTunes (if they are available)

    4) I can go out to a bar and listen to those songs for free

    on and on…

    There are a couple problems with the music industry – especially if you are not a huge music lover. If I listen to a song it isn’t going to change, or improve and I’m not going to like that song any more the more I listen to it. It is 3 minutes of interest for me. It is hard (for me) to invest in 3 minutes – especially when the enjoyment will be temporary.

    I have purchased some songs off of iTunes in the past. I have also downloaded a bunch of songs. Most of the songs I have downloaded are either from my old CD collection (long lost) to which I already invested in. Most on my iPod are from CD’s I have purchased in the past.

    The other major issue with the music industry is price – I am still shocked at the cost. Is it really $14.99 for a CD still? That when I could buy blanks, non bulk for .50 each? $14.99 for something I won’t use that much isn’t a good investment for me. Now, $5.00 – maybe. If they made the purchase moreso an impulse buy, or priced it so it wasn’t as much of a monetary decision as a convenience decision they would probably sell more.

    All that said, I am a big advocate against piracy of video games and even music – people deserve to be paid for their efforts. I am more interested in what the music industry can do to give me more value in their product.

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  2. If you’re listening to the radio, you’re paying the artist by paying radio fees (at least here). If you’re listening at a bar, the bar is paying the radio fees AND extra public performance fees on top of that (at least here again) 🙂

    I’m also an anti-piracy person and I’m happy to pay for things, but I’m absolutely certain that the way the copyright mafia is trying to make back a perceived loss of money is wrong. I own about 400 CDs, 390 of which I wouldn’t have bought if I hadn’t downloaded them first. If I buy a downloadable track, it would have to be in DRM-free FLAC or plain uncompressed PCM format (WAV etc.). Some music stores like Magnatune offer that. Apple etc. are catching up and at least offer lossy DRM-free tracks — maybe lossless will come at some point.

    Most of the albums I have are meant as albums and don’t have filler tracks, but I’m sure in other genres like pop there is quite a epidemic of filler material. The record industry itself is to blame for that, though. They wanted to shovel out entire albums with 90% filler material, then Apple came and allowed people to skip the fillers. Is it any wonder that they (claim to) make less money now? If you make $2 instead of $15 off of something that is calculated to cost $15 (or so) to produce, of course you’d lose money.

    On and on indeed…

    So I think the copyright dweebs need to grow up, stop moaning or suing their fans and create things that people are happy to pay for. If it means that Britney can’t make several millions a year anymore and gets a wage cut down to what she’d actually deserve for her work, would that be bad?

    And is it really the fans’ problem that in pop, the record industry created idols with massive wages and the requirement for a huge and expensive PR machinery?

    Lots of questions that none of us can really answer. In the meantime, buy from Magnatune, Jamendo and CD Baby etc. where the artists rule.

    PS: Magatune also have an all-you-can-eat $10/month subscription of lossless DRM-free downloadable music, which is nice. Magnatune sponsor the development of some FOSS audio players like Amarok, so double brownie points from me.

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