But what will happen when the MPAA buys the next SOPA? We can’t protest every similar bill with the same force. Eventually, our audiences will tire of calling their senators for whatever we’re asking them to protest this time.
Eventually, we will lose.
Such ridiculous, destructive bills should never even pass committee review, but we’re not addressing the real problem: the MPAA’s buying power in Congress. This is a campaign finance problem.
I respect the First Amendment and believe that any legislation passed by Congress must protect and defend our constitutional rights. But illegal and criminal activity is not protected by the First Amendment simply because it takes place online. For example, there is no First Amendment right to view, distribute or download child pornography over the Internet. Like child pornography, the theft of intellectual property is also illegal in the United States.
But any company that depends on being paid hyper-premium pricing, purely for making a copy of a bitstream, is doomed.
"What they need to do is lick their wounds, see what happened and do a lot of test messaging right now because clearly the one they were using wasn't effective," said veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com, a reputation management company.
In other words, "that guy's successful business model doesn't match my preconceived notion of a bunch of dirty pirates out there to steal stuff, so I'm going to ignore that million bucks in Louis' pocket because I refuse to reconsider my givens."
But they are willing to set off as many nuclear weapons on the internet as possible in a vain effort to survive. They're going to die or change anyway, it's just a matter of how much damage we allow them to do to society as they flail around, so we need to keep them under control.
"Behind the Music: What If the Culture Industry Shut Down for a Day?",
Also, basically every musician I know is an enthusiastic pirate, so I don't think the 'culture industry' has the lockstep army they think they have.
There's millions of teens out there torrenting the latest blockbuster before it even gets into the theaters.
This is a form of the "that restaurant is always so crowded, no one goes there anymore" paradox. "The reason you guys have a problem with everyone avidly downloading everything you make is because the stuff you make is so shitty no one really wants it."
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