Robert Ruffo

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Robert Ruffo
Posted about 2 years ago
SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?
This is propaganda and nonsense. Youtube and Google have done a fine job of brainwashing you. Maybe they will send you a check for 0.01c for helping their agenda. Maybe not - they feel everyone should share, although they themselves are very reluctant to share their ad revenues, so likely no check. BTW - have you ever met ANYONE who uses bittorrent for something other than piracy? Aren't there other ways of sharing legal files that are much easier?
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Robert Ruffo
Posted about 2 years ago
SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?
You say unlike me, but I actually work in a form of media that has greatly benefitted from the Internet, music video. But I am very much into honestly, and the rule of law. I am NOT against the internet. I am against any form of stealing. Open source is fine because the makers of that code CHOSE to make it open source - it's their code, and it should be their choice.. Software innovation in such applications as photo editing and 3D animation have stagnated compared to what they were some years ago, and if you factor in Moore's law they have slowed to a crawl. There is only so much you can do with a gang of volunteers, and young people will no longer study computer science if all they can do with their degree is share their work for free after a full shift at Starbucks. You are talking about Internet advances of a positive nature - there are many of those - I am only condemning piracy.
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Robert Ruffo
Posted about 2 years ago
SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?
"Practical considerations later" exactly a summary of all the thinking here. Let's just all steal everyone's creative content and do a hippie dance - and we'll consider the practicalities - like the entire city of Los Angeles having a decimated economy - later. Besides, even for the most fatuous of academic windbags, defending piracy as "ethical" is patently ludicrous.
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Robert Ruffo
Posted about 2 years ago
SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?
The whole idea of quoting property law which predates the information age is ludicrous. And @ Kriztian: Do you make money selling information or ideas? How would you like it if your boss only paid you if he felt like it? Software makes and filmmakers have buyers/viewers as their true "boss". Indie films used to rent the same gear that big Hollywood films did (35mm and 16mm film - Black Swan was shot on 16mm - it's arguably better than the best digital camera out there). Now it's cheaper to buy, so some people own things like cameras, but still it's mainly a rental game. At any rate, a video camera, even if it costs $5 and is full hd, does not give you actors, sets, lights etc. How do you pay for those? How do you pay for the time to learn your craft well? It takes years to learn the craft of storytelling and directing beyond the high school play level of most garage projects on Vimeo. Who will invest those years of they know there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, just $0 "sharing"? Have you ever tried to actually sit through a 90 minute amateur film? It's amazing, I'll bet you all call yourselves intellectuals, and yet their is only one, monolithic, ultra-conformist groupthink here.
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Robert Ruffo
Posted about 2 years ago
SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?
Pirate Bay is not competition, Pirate Bay is simply crime. Should legitimate retailers compete against back-alley vendors selling stolen goods? Just accept stolen goods as part of the new reality, or call upon the police to try and reduce shoplifting? I am not against indies, innovation, etc. I am against theft. It is bad at so many levels it would take me all day to get into them all. among them, rarely mentioned, is that it's not a good idea to teach our kids its' OK to cheat and steal, or for those kids to get in that habit by frequent torrent use. That is moral decay, plain and simple. Without piracy/crime, there would be simple metrics for determining per-unit cost of digital goods (and the price would be way lower - for example, if everyone who used Photoshop did so legally, they'd probably price it at less than 5% what it costs now, to get a bigger total off of the equation: no. of users X price.) besides, anyone with even basic understanding of economics knows that per-unit means nothing. It's the cost of making the first copy that matters, and it costs millions to make any watchable film that is not relying on some home-video gimmick, like Paranormal or Blair Witch (and by the way, Blair Witch paid no one - in a sense they cheated all the people who worked on it. It costs millions to develop and refine complex software, etc. Fact remains, indy film had a much easier time of things when Internet piracy was lower, and there was much more money invested in software innovation. You all want some imaginary world where talented film makers and software makers are you unpaid servants and that's fine to want that, but no such world will be forthcoming.
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Robert Ruffo
Posted about 2 years ago
SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?
Blair Witch had a $30 000 000 advertising budget. Blair Witch worked because it told a story based around the use of home video cameras. There is a very limited number of stories that can be told that way, Paranormal Activity is another. You would't want to watch a romantic comedy shot that way, and most probably Oceans Eleven wouldn't be much of draw either. Blair Witch was a novelty, a one-off. "Natural Selection" exists in its pure form only outside civilizing forces. Otherwise, in the West,m we expect protection from unjust harm, theft and so on.
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Robert Ruffo
Posted about 2 years ago
SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?
If you manufacture a hammer you get paid once when it is sold - this is protected by law. No one will come out and say that hammer should be free because they don't like what other hammer makers have been producing, or that there should be some voluntary contribution as a price, or that you need to develop some new business model because the government has decided to throw the entire hardware industry to the wolves because the majority of voters think hammers should be free, or that there should be no deterrents to their theft. How would you like it if I said "let whatever your business is go bankrupt - I don;' personally like what you produce - I think when people try to rob you we should not send the police". The economy is in a bad place, and your suggestion is to destroy yet more jobs. Besides, it's not just Hollywood, it's software, books, even pharmaceutical formulas that are being pirated.
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Robert Ruffo
Posted about 2 years ago
SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?
I'm sorry but you are showing a typical disconnect between academics and the real world. It's fine to not know something, but academic don't let that stop them from developing theories about it.You cannot install something on your computer via an Xbox or PS3, it is a standalone device only used for playing games/movies/TV shows. iTunes does not install any malware on your computer, and besides any Mac comes with iTunes pre-installed. Any fear sin this regard are yet more propaganda form companies who profit off stealing other people's hard work. All these legit services would make their due money if they were not competing with free. The problem is not that no one LIKES certain kinds of films, it's that they do not PAY for that content, because it is so easy to steal. I don;t feel it is OK for films, from now on, to ONLY be things like Avatar and Rocky Horror Picture Show. I think that's sad. Also almost bankrupt are many types of software. technology would advance much faster if theft were not such a huge issue, and legal copies would cost a lot less. It is also pure fiction to say that anti-piracy rules would "break the internet". This is propaganda created by huge corporations, much larger than any film studio, such as google and Internet service providers, who make a lot of money off piracy.