I guess I do go on like a stuck record, sorry about that; but my consistent posts on this topic are motivated by rational self interest.
And factual research. Yes, piracy is bad, but the message never seems to permeate the Neanderthal skulls of freeloading ‘consumers’, who persist in insisting that the only things they value are their own convenience, and enormous sense of entitlement.
In response to this sane and elegantly argued piece, the ‘comments’ section is duly filled with the same old bogus arguments.
Downloading films illegally is not theft? And it’s not illegal? This tired shibboleth again??? Really?
I don’t actually believe that freetards are that stupid. But I do think they need to get a grip on simple economics, and learn something about morality while they’re at it.
It’s true, there is an argument to be had around questions of supply and demand. But removing an artist’s right to exploit their work as they see fit and to their best advantage is NOT the solution.
Google’s arguments are specious and entirely self serving.
I have to laugh real hard when they say with a straight face that they are concerned that copyright law benefits big business??? SNORT!!!
What a pack of assholes. Copyright laws benefit business, sure. Copyright laws create the possibility of business. They enable artists to make a living from distributing their work. They make it possible for everyone involved in the creation and distribution of creative work to make a living.
Along comes Google, and with a wave of a digital wand, they say, “oh, we can copy this, and make it available for free to anyone that wants it”. Super. Who benefits from that?
What fucking business is it of theirs??? Did they make anything in the first place?
No, they derive their MASSIVE income (Google are the biggest of businesses on this planet today) from people clicking through links to get hold of whatever they need or want. More want than need, actually, but that’s another story.
So, those poor deprived souls in Australia can’t watch Game of Thrones IMMEDIATELY … FOR FREE? They don’t want to give Foxtel so much as a drippy used tissue???
Foxtel (Understand this … I have no love for Murdoch, or others of his ilk) didn’t get GOT by waving a wet tissue. They paid LOTS to get it. This is called a competitive advantage. This is part of what doing business is all about.
If you don;t like FOXTEL, or whatever other big media company happens to have secured exclusive first run rights … then WAIT a few weeks. It;s not like there’s nothing else to watch meantime.
You want to be first in line? pay for the privilege.
Oh but no. Freetards can’t wait for anything. They know that 300 thieving chums will rip and upload what they crave, so let’s just blind, deafen, and mute any kind of rational consideration of our actions, and let’s all download GOT for FREE …
Why do all these bonehead freetards find it so difficult to understand that the natural consequence of starving production and distribution companies of cash flow, will inevitably kill them. No more Game of Thrones. The end.
Before anyone starts screaming NETFLIX at me, and yelling that House of Cards was made with real money paid by subsscribers, let me say, yes, precisely my point. House of Cards was really expensive to make, and it was paid for by subscribers. Exactly the same as Game of Thrones, which cost even more to make (way more); it was not paid for by mooching freetards who think that entertainment comes from the sky and is their inalienable human right.
So, yeah, fuck off Google. Your arguments are crap. Anyone with a brain ought to be able to understand that this greedy, grasping digital octopus is exploiting the wild west of the internet to enrich itself at the expense of everyone who actually makes things – they are alienating artists from their creations, and in the process they are robbing people of their livelihoods, and destroying formerly viable productive industries.
We need to reconsider and reframe copyright laws that can effectively bring balance into the current unfair and destructive online environment. Bullies like Google cannot be allowed to prosper on the broken backs of creative people.