A long ramble with Simon Sweetman

For anyone interested, here’s a longish interview I did with critic/blogger/man about town Simon Sweetman for his podcast series. Look down the page for the link. Podcasts can also be accessed and downloaded (free) from iTunes. 

http://offthetracks.co.nz/sweetman-podcast-episode-38-costa-botes/

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YouTube and you

When I refer to “you”, I presume I am addressing fellow creators – that is folks working in creative industries like music and film, making creative goods that can be traded online in return for income.

In other words, fellow professionals.

Know this. YouTube is NOT your friend. It is in fact, the very opposite of a friend. It wants to kill you.

Ever since its inception, YouTube has made a mockery of intellectual property rights, utilising the worst aspects of human nature to infiltrate and degrade interactions between artists and consumers, for its own benefit.

Here is an informed and very thorough analysis of the problem.

https://musictechpolicy.com/2016/05/15/guest-post-by-schneidermaria-open-letter-to-youtube-pushers-of-piracy/

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Where Silicon Valley wants us …

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/24/the-new-feudalism-silicon-valley-overlords-advertising-necessary-evil?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Unsound

Worth a moment of your time …

http://unsoundthemovie.com/about/

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Another myth about online piracy exploded.

Does piracy act as promotion?

Common sense (and real world experience) says NO.
Magical unicorn economic theory (the kind they teach at Silicon Valley) says, “sure it does”.

Can’t introduce this topic any better than the first couple of paragraphs of the linked blog. Read on:

>http://copyrightalliance.org/content/new_study_indicates_piracy_not_promotion#.VvJ9LfDXerV

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DMCA: Denying Monetary Compensation Always | MuseWire

Dear Bill Clinton,

the stain you left on Monica’s blue dress was nothing compared to this mess. Should have taken the rose coloured spectacles off.

http://musewire.com/dmca-denying-monetary-compensation-always-2992/

The Trichordist

Who Benefits from the DMCA?
The ISPs (Internet Service Providers) who are facilitating all this trafficking of stolen material are completely off the hook because of the safe harbor provision. Imagine a company that helped people tap into the water system of your town. On the surface, they are simply selling plumbing and faucets. “Hey, we’re not making money from stealing water,” they might say, “we’re making money on sink fixtures; we can’t help it if the water people run through those fixtures is stolen.”

Yet that is essentially what Title II of the DMCA allows to occur, but with intellectual property instead of water. And by letting corporations profit from services that promote the stealing of copyrights, we send a powerful message to everyone: theft is acceptable if you can get a law passed that exempts you from prosecution.

So screwed up is Title II of the DMCA that…

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When Sharing is not Caring: The myth of the Sharing Economy

We now routinely have politicians prattling on about the need for ‘disruption’. They are regurgitating misleading propaganda. If they understood the true consequences of disruption and the so called ‘sharing economy’ they’d shut up very quickly.

This is an amazing bit of analysis. Very clear sighted, and all the more devastating for it.

Next time someone casually drops the word ‘disruption’ into a conversation, you might care to employ some of the arguments advanced here.

http://olivierblanchard.net/stop-calling-it-the-sharing-economy-that-isnt-what-it-is/

And while we are at it …

How about the rampant malarkey swirling around the concept of ‘crowdsourcing’?

Anyone with a functioning brain cell must have spotted the flaws, contradictions, and hidden consequences in this concept.

No?

Have a read:

http://thebaffler.com/salvos/crowdsourcing-scam

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