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Promoting the Useful Arts or Concentrating Ownership?

aborchers (471342) writes | more than 10 years ago

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Does United States intellectual property law, as currently enacted and practiced, fulfill the Constitutional directive "to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts" or is it leading progressively to the concentration of control of creative and scientific works in a handful of corporate powerhouses? That is the question I would like to ponder in this thread. Comments are enabled, so please c

Does United States intellectual property law, as currently enacted and practiced, fulfill the Constitutional directive "to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts" or is it leading progressively to the concentration of control of creative and scientific works in a handful of corporate powerhouses? That is the question I would like to ponder in this thread. Comments are enabled, so please contribute!

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This isn't the first time (1)

pegr (46683) | more than 10 years ago | (#8095257)

that commercial interests have sought to usurp the intent of our founding fathers. With Disney singing "I Got You, Babe!" to the late Sonny Bono as a notable example, some (most?) politicos just can't resist the allure of the almightly buck. Now do you think it really serves the interests of art and science to extend copyright protection to "forever less one day"?

That's why piracy is so important. No, really! It's yet another market force to help guide those that would sell their mothers do the right thing, if even for the wrong reason. Utimately, content providers know that if their distribution plans fall to far outside of what we mere consumers feel is appropriate, we'll just take it and leave them with nothing. The more unreasonable they are, the more people feel justified in their "crimes".

What they don't fully understant is that the printing press has been replaced. Mere mortals are now free to publish and be heard. We don't need the media conglomos anymore. The foundation is cracked beyond repair and they are running scared. Now let's see what kind of laws they can buy when they start fighting for their lives^H^H^H^H^Hmoney...

Re:This isn't the first time (2, Insightful)

aborchers (471342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8112213)

That's why piracy is so important. No, really! It's yet another market force to help guide those that would sell their mothers do the right thing, if even for the wrong reason.


I don't buy it. Piracy plays into the draconian plans of the IP cartels, giving them the leverage they need to bend the law to their intent. If piracy didn't exist, they would have to invent it.

The only legitimate way for the market to resist abuse by of the content industry is by lawful economic counterforce, e.g. active or passive boycott. Take Divx as the prime example. People were not willing to sign that level of control away, and the technology went down the shitter.

What they don't fully understant is that the printing press has been replaced. Mere mortals are now free to publish and be heard.


So when are they going to start publishing their own works and stop copying other people's?

Re:This isn't the first time (1)

pegr (46683) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120636)

I don't buy it.

You do understand piracy! ;) (Sorry, couldn't resist!) The effects are not mutually exclusive. You are correct that they are using piracy as a boondoogle. The real piracy problems are pros who genuinely cost them money. As for my "Kill Bill" killer DVD quality rip, what the heck, it's not like I'm not going to pay for the real deal when it comes out. (Or maybe not... I saw it and it's was only so-so...;) As for when people will create their own content and stop copying other works? Never, and I don't expect them to change! Most people are not creating cool content for you to enjoy. Maybe they are bagging your groceries instead. So what? Are you creating content? Are you publishing to the world? If you are, way cool! If not, who cares? The truth is that anyone who cares to, can!

I'm reminded of those mp3 mixes of old classic tunes wound together in strange (hopefully interesting) ways... Did EMI or Polygram see any cash? Not a bit... Why? Well, what did they do to make such a thing? It's just for fun, for crying out loud. The mixer (artist?) didn't make any $$$. But if you listen to the {R|M}IAA, they were ripped off! Not hardly... If you have to create content without relying on the work of others, Linux wouldn't exist. THAT'S the intent of the Constitution! To build on the work and propel humanity toward greater understanding and enlightenment! Not put a buck in someone's pocket (regardless of what SCO would want you to think...).

Bottom line? The Constitution was written to advance the art and/or science. If it doesn't do that, IP laws are unconstitutional. (I prefer a literal interpretation, obviously. ;)
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