Dotcom's Campbell Interview - I disagree with him on one point.

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Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Fri, 2012-03-02 01:20

A half hour interview with Dotcom well worth watching:

Whaleoil highlights one point from the interview transcript on which I disagree with Dotcom, namely over who created the piracy problem ( ). Quoting:

But we are not responsible for the problem and this is, I think, what everyone needs to understand. Where does piracy come from? Piracy comes from, you know, people, let’s say, in Europe who do not have access to movies at the same time that they are released in the US. This is a problem that has been born within this licensing model and the old business model that Hollywood has where they release something first in one country but they show trailers to everyone around the world pitching that new movie but then the 14-year-old kid in France or Germany can’t watch it for another six months, you know? If the business model would be one where everyone has access to this content at the same time, you know, you wouldn’t have a piracy problem. So it’s really, in my opinion, the government of the United States protecting an outdated monopolistic business model that doesn’t work anymore in the age of the internet and that’s what it all boils down to.

My comment on that Whaleoil thread gives my position:

With the qualification that I'm largely on the side of Dotcom: his treatment by the Keystone cops has been all out of proportion to the 'crime', if there is one. I also think, and hope, the authorities will have a lot of trouble prosecuting him, because he can't be responsible for the actions of third parties, his terms of service covered him, and he freely designed into his service access for any affected parties to go and delete pirated content.

He is no more responsible for pirates using his bandwidth, than I would be for burglars, say, using a private road I might build, to get away with their crimes. And I'm not expected to be policing my road for same.

But I don't agree with his above comment either, and it was the one point on which I did disagree with him in the Campbell interview. This might be why piracy happens, but it doesn't excuse it. Copyright is a valid property right, and should be protected for the artists on the principle only, (though the movie companies in their own interest have to introduce themselves to the 21st century now, and operate within it).

Turning it back to Dotcom again, no matter what the circumstances, FBI, or whomever, should only go for the individual pirates using Megaupload, not the owners running a legitimate service. But as is usual now, they just blunder in with force looking for the patsy target. The major thing that Dotcom demonstrates to us, again, in the same way that Mark Hotchin's unprincipled 14 month asset freeze does also , is that the NZ State, and certainly the United Police States of America, are running roughshod over the rule of law, and thus have lost 'their' right to govern. The West needs it's own Spring, to knock back the obese size of State to small state limited government.

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Matthew 18:7

Richard Goode's picture

Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! (NIV)

Oh, I'm American. I'm

Cornell's picture

Oh, I'm American. I'm probably the wrong person to ask, though. I get most of my news from the internet and The Week; I can't stand listening to the talking heads blather on about nothing.


Mark Hubbard's picture

Are you a Kiwi ... for some reason I'm thinking you're from the US?

I'd be interested in knowing how much coverage the Dotcom story is getting outside of NZ, and what bias is being given, if any, to the story outside NZ?

This is a decent piece of

Cornell's picture

This is a decent piece of analysis. I largely agree. I don't really know enough about the Hollywood business model, or the government's involvement in it (or lack thereof) to really comment on that piece of it, though.

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