Would Cutting Off Internet To Movie Pirates Work?
The chief executive of Fox Filmed Entertainment said Monday the U.S. should join France in cutting off the Internet connection of users who repeatedly download copyright-protected films. (via Entertainment News)
No surprise to see Fox on the attack trying to squeeze every cent out of their audience. Piracy is an issue but there are many better ways to reduce the problem.
Address the global distribution issues and a lot of the piracy will be reduced. Marketing has done a brilliant job on all of us in creating the desire to see a movie as soon as it comes out. Nothing is more frustrating than to not be allowed to pay for and watch a movie then geographical restriction when all of our peers are online talking about it.
My big concern with this whole process are:
- What kind of restrictions are placed on the term copyright-protected films. Are they going to enforce films that are no longer available to buy but are still copyright-protected? Should the pursuit just focus on those violating new releases?
- What kind of restrictions are placed on the term repeatedly download. How many downloads qualify? two, twenty, or over one hundred?
- Should a government be allowed to force people into a market of tangible medium only completely shutting off the digital market.
This attempt seems like it will just cause more problems and overreaching of authority than benefit. I would rather see the studios spending money, time and effort resolving the distribution issues and cultural issues rather than accusing the majority of being thief's while trying to chase a small minority of actual violators.
What do you think should governments be allowed to cut those accused of being pirates from the internet?
What is a Vid
Vids, Vidders, and Vidding is a growing cultural expression of fandom, music, and video. See an example above.
A vid is a short video that tells a narrative by combining the video from a Movie, TV show, or Web Series and a song for the audio track setting the tone and direction of the story. In other words it's a cross medium mashup.
Vidders are those artists / fans who cut together the vids whereas vidding is the act of producing a vid.
- Fans can express and play in the franchises that they love.
- It becomes a great promotional vehicle for both the music artist and the franchise.
- It enhances our cultural experience of both video content and music.
- There is much fear, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding the topic.
- Fear of reprisal from the copyright holders.
- Fear amongst copyright holders of loosing control over their content and loosing money.
What We Need
- Recognize the cultural value of vids.
- Get over our fears.
- Open a dialogue to come up with a compromise that will allow both parties to win.
If you would like to join in the conversation head over to Project: Shadow what is your definition of a vid? - Project: Shadow.
Will There be a Sequel to Harry Potter in Court?
Earlier this year a New York Federal Judge ruled that Steven Vander Ark’s Harry Potter reference book was a violation of J.K. Rowling’s copyright. This main argument of the case was over what is fair use. Although I had mixed feelings over the case as it was going on I have hope that the results could still be positive. Instead of continuing the fight in appeals court Steven Vander Ark rewrote the Harry Potter reference book using what he learned from the trial on what is fair use.
"We learned a lot at the trial about what was acceptable, what would follow the fair use guidelines," said Vander Ark, 50. "That was not clear before. There was no law on the books that made it clear what was acceptable and what wasn't. (via AP)
The new book contains a lot more critical commentary. This will have to be seen in application. If the entries consisted of clips of actual Potter text on the topics then of course it was copyright infringement but if the entries was just facts on the subject then it was not plagiarism. Did they require him to put in a lot of opinion into a reference that has the expectation of facts. If that is the result of the case then a great injustice has been done to a society that already has issues differentiating between fact and opinion.
Steven Vander Ark also removed the plot spoilers from the new book. I’m not a fan of spoilers being used carelessly but a reference book comes with an expectation that it would contain a reasonable degree of spoilers. Once again this will have to be seen in application before I let my ire build but it concerns me. I would understand removing major spoilers from the text but some spoilers would have to happen because they are tied into the facts and should be included.
On the plus side it appears that this Harry Potter reference book will make it to publication since a lawyer for Rowling’s Literary Agency is “Pleased to hear that rather than continue to litigate, RDR have themselves decided to publish a different book prepared with reference to Judge Patterson's decision."
Disney Actually Moves Forward
Review of Meet the Robinsons Average Overall Rating: 10
Brian: Technical Rating: 9.9
Gut Rating: 10
My expectation for this movie was very low. Reason one: when I saw the preview I chuckled but figured it to be a renter. Reason two: this was a Disney project and well we all know how bad the recent batch of Disney movies have been. If only I would have remembered-
Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Keep moving forward.
I must say I was absolutely thrilled and pleasantly surprised by this movie. The story is based on a book by William Joyce A Day With Wilbur Robinson. This is defiantly an owner and highly recommended for both adults and children alike.
The movie is about an orphan boy who grows tired of doing adoption interviews and getting turned down. He has a gifted, creative mind and tinkerer temperament. He decides that the Ideal parent who would want him would be his birth mother so he sets out to learn who his real mother is. He sets out to invent a machine that will unlock his memory of his mother but a mysterious bola hat villain interferes.
- a great uplifting story: The story left me with a warm feeling, motivated and inspired to do and be more at the end something that is sorely lacking in our modern media.
- Good message of keep moving forward, learning from your mistakes, and being mindful of those around you. This was a nice plus especially for entertainment geared toward children. They don't get preachy with the morally uplifting messages but instead show you them in action.
- attention to details and continuity: This was absolutely fun for the second watching to see if they included in little events but since I do not want to spoil any plot points I can not say more to that point. Trust me you will come to the same conclusion after watching.
- Redemption of the Villain character
Dislikes / Concerns
- Kidsey: This movie was intended for a children audience so knowing this I did not take points away that would be silly but I felt it still should be said. Even though it was a bit childish it was still an excellent tale that as an adult I could enjoy.
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