Re: Pirated Music and Intellectual Property
I am always amused by folks on forums who not only presume to know the thoughts (or lack thereof) of "the vast, vast majority of the population," but also feel rightfully self-appointed to speak for all those poor ignorant souls.
Originally Posted by Grenage
But back to the topic, I've found that one way to bring the "OMG Pirates!" conversation back to Earth is to send people to Rob Reid's wonderful TED Talk. Just search for "Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod" and enjoy.
Having been around for more than a few decades, I actually remember when the content industry had *Miss Pittypat moments over every single new thing that they didn't understand and couldn't control...things like the player piano (though that one was before my time), the radio, cable TV, DVRs, etc. The VCR was actually likened to the Boston Strangler once, and when TV was new, the movie industry was sure it was going to kill them.
It seems that very little has changed throughout history. For example, here's an interesting article showing how desperate the "IP" mobsters can get, and how truly stupid the whole "IP" conversation can become: "And When Even The Death Penalty Doesn’t Deter Copying — What Then?"
*Miss Pittypat was an overly nervous little character in Gone With the Wind who would feel faint and need her smelling salts at the slightest sign of change in her tiny little world.
Last edited by Jay Car; June 2nd, 2013 at 04:33 PM.
Reason: I edit because I'm a fussy old lady...
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.