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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Exposed and Debunked Again

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Exposed and Debunked Again
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 03:42:18 +0000
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We See Your 'Copyright Contributes $1.5 Trillion' And 
Raise You 'Fair Use Contributes $2.2 Trillion'

,----[ Quote ]
| The copyright industry lobbyists absolutely 
| love to throw around the bogus and debunked 
| stat that copyright contributes $1.52 
| trillion to the economy. That number is 
| derived by taking any business that kinda 
| sorta maybe touches copyright (including 
| things like furniture and jewelry) and then 
| assuming that all of the revenue they make 
| is entirely due to copyright. Yes, that's 
| ridiculous. But, if the copyright lobbyists 
| are going to use such bogus methodology to 
| push their agenda, it seems only fair for 
| those on the other side to use the same 
| methodology. Last week, we wrote about a 
| biased editorial by two newspaper industry 
| lawyers in the WSJ (who failed to note the 
| conflicts of interest), claiming that 
| Google violated copyright law, and attacked 
| the concept of fair use. 


Oh No! Nobody Reads! Oh No! It's Too Cheap For Everyone To Read!

,----[ Quote ]
| Reader Robin Trehaeven alerts us to a 
| fantastic opinion piece in the Library 
| Journal by Barbara Fister, a librarian at 
| Gustavus Adolphus College, in which she 
| does a superb job mocking what she refers 
| to as the "accessibility paradox" where 
| those who are used to being gatekeepers to 
| information at the same time as they're 
| supposedly promoting the benefits of 
| greater information, suddenly start whining 
| when information really does get more 
| accessible.


Kicking People Off The Internet Not Enough In South Korea,
Copyright Lobbyists Demand More

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| If you thought that the entertainment 
| industry would stop at having the ability 
| to force ISPs to kick people they accuse 
| (not convict) of file sharing offline, you 
| might want to pay attention to what's 
| happening in South Korea. South Korea, of 
| course, is home to very high broadband 
| penetration, with exceptionally high 
| speeds. And, not surprisingly, there's a 
| lot of unauthorized file sharing going on 
| there. Of course, if you looked at the 
| Korean cultural world, you'd immediately 
| learn that smart entrepreneurs and 
| entertainers quickly learned to adapt and 
| take advantage of this new world. 
| Entrepreneurs like JY Park recognized the 
| changing marketplace, and adapted -- and 
| the massive success he's had with artists 
| like Rain and Wonder Girls, suggests that 
| perhaps "piracy" wasn't a big deal. All you 
| need is some smart business people who can 
| adapt. 


Are The Record Labels Using Bluebeat's Bogus Copyright
Defense To Avoid Having To Give Copyrights Back To Artists?

,----[ Quote ]
| Now, of course that sounds ridiculous, to 
| hear that record labels can get a new 
| copyright on just remastering a work... 
| but, that sounds an awful lot like the 
| argument made by Bluebeat.com, concerning 
| its "psycho-acoustic simulation" re-
| recordings of famous songs, that enabled it 
| to claim a new copyright.


ASCAP, BMI And SESAC Continue To Screw Over Most Songwriters: 
'Write A Hit Song If You Want Money'

,----[ Quote ]
| At some point, musicians and songwriters 
| need to learn that these organizations are 
| not doing things in their best interests at 
| all. They're simply bureaucracies to funnel 
| money to big names, while limiting the 
| competition.


Sounds of silence? Fees spur venues to scrap live music


Walmart Won't Let Family Print Photos Of Dead Relative For Funeral

,----[ Quote ]
| After the death of a relative, Mike put 
| together a photo tribute for the funeral, 
| in order to "remember the good times," he 
| says.


The strange death of illegal downloading

,----[ Quote ]
| The moral is simple. We are not a nation of 
| thieves, but if a supermarket leaves its 
| doors open and shuts down the tills, it 
| should be unsurprised if people help 
| themselves. The music industry lets illegal 
| downloading thrive because it didn't 
| provide an easy, affordable way to pay. 
| That was left to Apple's iTunes, the likes 
| of Last.fm and now a new generation of 
| sites, which offer music at prices that 
| reflect more fully the near-zero cost of 
| distribution. While the music industry was 
| lamenting that users wouldn't pay for 
| tracks, the same people were paying up to 
| Â3 a pop for ringtones on their phones. 
| Why? Because phones have an easy payments 
| system.



Newspaper Industry Lawyers Attack Fair Use, Claim Google Is Illegal

,----[ Quote ]
| Hmm. So, on Monday Rupert Murdoch suggests
| that the courts would reject fair use as a
| concept, and by Friday two newspaper industry
| lawyers just happen to have an op-ed piece in
| the Wall Street Journal explaining how Google
| violates copyright law by caching the
| websites it indexes.

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