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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?
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 22 2012: No we should not take pity on the Industry but in the Arstists ... The Industry is in big parts to big and slugish to adapt to change in time. A new industry will form... Pirating copyrighted material has become a multi Billion Dollar Industry in it`s self ... the next logical step for us Producers of art to step up and get our share from the people making the mony now... As with the old system we already have a co dependancy, they (pirates and /orentertainment industrie) need us (creatives) to keep on producing content, we need them to distribute that content to an audience and collect revenues (advertising/subscription fees what ever), so in the long run the only thing happening is that the industry is changing hands ...

    I belive history will in somewhat prove Marc Getty (founder of Getty Images) wrong when he said "Intellectual Property is the oil of the 21st century"

    Copyright has to change, Intelectual property "written in stone" for 90 years after death is sensless and kills new creativity, the future of copyright should be more flexible (lice creative commons )and will have to have a shorter life spann...

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