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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 21st Aug 2012 |
|T he commercial world of TV, Movies, Music, and other visual and audio entertainment have been fighting a war against copyright piracy for many decades.
It’s been a losing war for artists, producers and the like because they can’t stop the pirates operating in Nations where copyright infringement is seen as a challenge rather then breaking the law. The Producers and by association the artists believe everybody should pay for the right to view/hear their product that is subject to copyright laws.
At a keynote speech made by News Ltd CEO – Kim Williams – and delivered at the Australian International Movie Convention held at Jupiter’s Casino during the week – Mr Williams spoke on his perspective of how the digital age has aided and abetted the piracy industry.
The greatest medium of education and entertainment for thousands of years has been literature, fiction, non fiction, historical, biographical, educational, inspirational, or whatever else is your passion, you name it, you can find it in a library. The best and most notable of authors throughout history were and are happy to have their works stored and read free of charge by the global citizenship. Library copies are purchased in most cases – some original one-off collection pieces are donated. But by and large – authors love to have their work(s) available through library reading.
As a contrast to that generosity by all the famous authors whose works are available throughout all the libraries of the world – now read what Mr Williams has to say in his keynote address.
Please click on this [PDF file link] – to read Mr William’s full Keynote address to the Australian International Movie Convention – 21st Aug 2012.
An extract appears below:
A story of Mr Williams address was reported by The Herald Sun – a News publication and it appears below:
And … to make a small point – ‘The Australian’ also published a story on this same keynote speech – [linked here] – and you will find that to read this story you will have to pay for the privilege and become an on-line subscriber. [This is one of many reasons that this site publishes ‘The Australian’ stories it uses as a reference – in full.]
There is no doubt that the piracy spoken of by Mr Williams does exist and income from sales revenue is being stripped from the artist, the publishers and the promoters seeking financial gain.
But again let me suggest that there is more to this outright condemnation of ‘copyright infringement’ – Mr Williams’ point is in fact just a single perspective to what is happening as a result of high speed internet advancement.
For example let us track back a generation or so and review –
Now let us advance the scenario forward to say 10 years ago –
The question is then framed around technology advancement by Mr Williams. Therefore we go to the next example:
This has to be a question that challenges all existing copyright laws. In Australia copyright Law is governed by the following Act – Link to the original Copyright Act 1968.] [Link to Wikipedia summary of the changes made via the Copyright Amendment Act 2006.]
The summary of the amendments to the 1968 Act in 2006 – as an attempt to embrace the ‘digital age’ is summarised below:
The context of all Copyright laws is based on someone gaining a financial benefit from any alleged copyright infringement. Most presume that to be a financial gain, but it also covers intellectual benefit an the like.
To go to Mr Williams comment suggesting that downloading movies and the like over the internet is a brazen copyright infringement – presents commentary that reflects his and his audience’s monetized agenda.
Internet download of movies, music, and other material is almost in all cases done for private use – i.e. no more that lending a book that someone else purchased and using modern technology to lend that content to others who wanted to read it.
I hear someone asking about computer software piracy – again most of the downloaded software only works at a percentage and basic level of the original software package. But you tell me – what happens if I sell my computer and all the software on that computer is purchased and registered? Is that not a legitimate transfer of software ownership?
A market in second-hand software is legitimate if you can get the owner and register keeper of the software to allow you to re-register the same software in a different name. It’s a market awash with no real regulation or regulatory response. In other words the ‘software’ piracy market requires a complete overhaul and a separate section to copyright laws.
Back to the downloading of movies and TV shows as targeted by Mr Williams. Mr Williams wants every person to buy an original copy of every artist(s) works. He does not counter in his speech about free exchange of content – he assumes everybody who copies a movie of TV show is automatically a crook.
Let us examine another example – you go to see a movie – every patron buys a ticket – and then you then get to sit in comfort and watch the movie after having paid a 3-400% markup of candy and the like.
That Movie Theatre gets a cut off the ticket price of every patron, and that admission price is then further split down the line when ‘box office’ receipts are calculated, and everybody who is connected with the movie gets their slice of the pie. This is the copyright dues.
The movie is then syndicated to video/DVD sales and rentals and a patron who loved the movie purchases a copy for themselves and starts to share the movie around. There is no financial gain in this ‘sharing’, and if that sharing be aligned with the downloading from free websites – where is the commercial trigger for copyright infringement.
I download every day – and it’s a matter of convenience for me because I do not like to watch commercial ads. The download version is always ad free. Another enjoyment factor is that I can wait until a TV season is complete and then watch every show back to back rather than await the TV station showing the show according to its own advertisement agenda. ANd the most important reason is because Australian TV content does not show the quality of TV shows that is available from around the globe.
Australian content is determined by owners of TV stations based on what they think their paying advertisers will pay to advertise and associate their product with. If the audience wants a broader selection of content – why should they not download what is being denied them. Just so long as they don’t package the downloads in a commercial context.
No – Mr Williams you have only looked at copyright piracy from your own monetized perspective – and as News is a producer of large blockbuster movies – you are speaking and preaching to an audience that is already convinced.
Sure – go after the pirates who copy and sell their copied versions – mainly out of Asia – but you and the Feds have tried and failed to halt that trade.
Can I give you one other piece of advice – you need to look at both sides of this so-called infringement of copyright laws before you go off half-cocked preaching to a vested audience who already suck the life out of a movie or TV launch through merchandising and teaser promo advertising.
The wisdom of authors, screen writers, poets, and all the other artists who give freely to the literary world, should be allowed to continue to offer these mediums for private and personal enjoyment.
Libraries are the delivery system of that pleasure. The fact that technology has advanced and come up with a better delivery system does not give you license to create mayhem over perceived loss of revenues.
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