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Chris Hollander

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Shall We Pity the Entertainment Industry?

It may be hard to say yes or no, but what the SOPA debate and others like it have come down to is this:

1. The current media distribution model is not working for some companies.
2. They perceive their model as failing because of illegal acts.
3. These so called illegal acts are so pervasive that everyone and their brother has taken part of them on occasion, if not often, for almost a decade.

So do we then:
A. Ask the government to step in and help these companies implement their ideal business model with more crackdowns and legislation?
or
B. Allow the market, or some other force, to make these companies accept the current reality and either adjust and create a new model that is profitable or simply parish the way of the horse buggy and cassette tape?

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    Mar 19 2012: Ok so, I think many of my political and economic ideas, at least in part, essentially boil down to -
    How do I keep big brother/The fuzz, off my back?

    I envy anyone who gets to live without the military arm of the government (cops) breathing down their neck all the time, but know that not everyone has that pleasantry. (PS I get pulled over like once a week cause I have red tinted windows and apparently its legal but confuses cops a lot). lol!

    How do we, in reality, keep the government from stepping in and enforcing laws like MPAA and new ones lke SOPA 2.0?

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