CNET has an interesting article on Obama picks for the Justice Department. I like the president and I totally expected some greedy special interest goons to get in, but why on one of the few issues I care about? The problems with Intellectual Property law in the United States are many.
Years ago I was part of a major class action law suit to get back money from the Recording Industry. Remember BMG CD music clubs? Buy 7 CD’s for a $1 a pice if you buy so many CD’s at full price? Well they got sued for price fixing… and lost. Even though CD’s are extraordinarily cheap to produce as compared to Vinyl and cassette tapes, the cost of an album has quadrupled in my life time. Does that seem odd? 400 percent inflation? I guess the Federal Reserve is more out of control than I thought!
Below is a couple excerpts from a CNET.com article.
The April 2 letter, signed by groups including Public Knowledge, the American Library Association, and the Consumer Electronics Association, said that, “To date, several of (Obama’s) appointees to positions that oversee the formulation and implementation of IP policy have, immediately prior to their appointments, represented the concentrated copyright industries.”
from the letter,
“We ask you to consider that individuals who support overly broad IP protection might favor established distribution models at the expense of technological innovators, creative artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and an increasingly participatory public,” the letter said. “Overzealous expansion and enforcement of copyright, for example, can quash innovative information technologies, the development and marketing of new and useful devices, and the creation of new works, as well as prohibit the public from accessing and using its cultural heritage.”
For the complete article on CNET click here.
The strategy of Media producers is to lock in top talent, commercialize the crap out of it and control the means of distribution by deciding the type of media it will be available on. Like having the final decision whether to release a movie on DVD or HD-DVD. It might cost the same in either format, but these greedy bastards screw the entire market place by deciding what media type should cost more or less. Supply and Demand should dictate
The truth is that the RIAA(Recording Industry of Association of America) has attempted to crack down with limited legal success for years. Attacking middle class families with limited knowledge of how to properly monitor their teenagers Internet use. These threats and lawsuits and turn their own customers against them. The funny thing is that even though piracy rates continue to rise, so has the profits of the Music and Movie Industry.