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Allen Gregory
Better Living Through Civility
11:05 AM on 01/19/2012
I understand that these studios feel like they're losing money, but I really question how much money that they're actually losing to piracy. Sure it's not zero, but it's seems to me that most people would never have bought the cd/movie that they're actually downloading in the first place. With the dwindling of big box stores that allow you to preview music, I actually think that piracy exposes people to a wider array of media that people otherwise might overlook because of price. I can for one say that I've found out about a good number of bands because they're cd was sitting on a ftp server. Many of those bands I've seen live and have gone on to support by buying their CDs. Good, bad, otherwise, privacy is something that is not going away.
10:49 AM on 01/19/2012
I thought Orrin Hatch died!
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11:07 AM on 01/19/2012
No just one of several legislatures using it as their retirement home.
Bring Peace into your Life
10:45 AM on 01/19/2012
"the best course of action for major media companies may be to befriend the very firms they're fighting." YES. Get sensible. Solve your problems internally don't take it to the government who has absolutely NO idea what this is all about. Children - grow up!
09:45 AM on 01/19/2012
Censorship worries?

Slave to 3 cats
09:36 AM on 01/19/2012
I will look at their 5 to 10 min. trailers for movies to decided if I an going to see it. I am not just going to see a movie and pay that money for something i may not like. On TV now you see the short trailers and if you watch long enough [ like the month before it is released] you will get the whole content of the movie. Just Like NBC the show you so much of the new shows before they come out and don't leave anything to want to see it, that is why they are failing. On Cable, you also get a 10 min. trailer to see if you like the film enough to buy it.

My personal though on it is, that if you have rights to something and don't want it shared, then dam don't put it out there for the world to see on the internet.
09:32 AM on 01/19/2012
Hollywood is virtually dead anyway.. their current idea of remakes of 20 year old films and 2 year old films (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) are basically made for teens with single digit IQ's which are their biggest viewing customer.. couple that with over paid "stars" and its any wonder why Hollywood is losing money and they determine how good a film is by its box office receipts rather than its quality.. So who is using the internet to view (pirate downloads) these films, its the same young people they are made and aiming for. This is Hollywood's problem as well as the recording industry.. let them figure a way to solve the problem rather than having the government shut down websites and domains at their behest...
10:02 AM on 01/19/2012
What do you expect them to do when they see the love of repeat programming with Cable TV? Many would like to see more orginal movies...
If the tech world wants to do something REALLY to Revolutionize content. Not just the transport of it. Compete with more alternative content.
invasion is imminent
10:44 AM on 01/19/2012
Hollywood wants what the idiotic general public demands. Don't blame Hollywood, blame our country's educational system. Stupid people want stupid entertainment.
Daily dose of cynicism
09:28 AM on 01/19/2012
Perhaps the greatest insult in SOPA is that it really won't do a whole lot to stop actual piracy. Pirates will just go deeper into the deepweb if it passes, probably using .onion websites, while the rest of us are stuck with a watered-down internet in which websites like YouTube and Wikipedia are next to impossible to run while the looming threat of the entire website being shut down over one line of content exists.
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09:21 AM on 01/19/2012
The content industry should create their own kind of authenticated BitTorrent, where each licensed consumer is issued an index file (analogous to .torrent) containing a unique digital key. The distributor would use their tracker service to authenticate connected users and invalidate particular keys which have been improperly shared (in which case the licensed consumer assigned that key could be held liable for copyright infringement).

With such a system, users could download their licensed content wherever and whenever on any Internet-connected device, retrieving the content from other licensees and taking advantage of network locality (especially when mobile peers are close enough to exchange data over wifi rather than relying on cellular connections to a centralized content service).

If the content industry really understood the architecture of the Internet, they'd understand how to use it to their advantage, in some cases by simply embracing and extending existing technologies which are widely used today to exchange unlicensed content. But from their shockingly ill-conceived plan to fracture and violate the global domain name system, it is clear that they are almost entirely clueless in their understanding of this whole Internet thingamabob.
09:39 AM on 01/19/2012
Meanwhile, the content industry is still waiting for Google Movie Studios
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10:54 AM on 01/19/2012
They lose $5B a year so I heard (divide by 2). Combine that with what they spend lobbying, you would think the business case would be very easy for this type of development. They would make their money back many times over, if the problem is as large as they say it is.

This would take creativity and innovation. They would rather just lobby and whine.
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
08:42 AM on 01/19/2012
Piracy is something that you can't rightly say one way or the other cost you revenue. There's no way to know for sure the extent of the damage or if any of those pirates would've paid to see that movie. All we can safely say is that some harm is done but I would not venture to suggest enough harm was done to cripple any of the industries.

No, I think the source of Hollywood's issues is spending billions on crappy movies. All the crappy remakes, all the terrible productions, all the overpaid celebrities. Poor business practices, inefficient methods, mismanagement. This is Hollywood's problem.

Going after pirates is a waste of money, time, and effort. The music industry has tried and failed. How about spending money more effectively and not being wasteful?
(Participant) Texeme.Construct()
08:03 AM on 01/19/2012
The people "speaking out" against SOPA are hypocrites. They claim they are fighting censorship...yet many of them like Wikipedia are the grandest censors among us! Almost any article that challenges the liberal consensus will be redacted. That goes for many of these blogs where opposing view points in comments are often deleted or a coterie of attacking acolytes uses ad hominem attacks against any reasonable argument.

Then there are the big portals like Google who own YouTube. YouTube is full of copyrighted material...there are whole movies and TV shows posted there without restriction. It's ridiculous of them claim moral high ground because they don't want to operate under a reasonable interpretation of the law.
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
08:46 AM on 01/19/2012
Boo hoo. I'm playing the world's smallest violin and I put it on youtube just for you.

You sound like a plant because you have no idea what you're talking about. First off, Wikipedia censoring? Dude, I can go on youtube and write about you and how your feet smell. Anyone can. It's up to the USERS to provide, record, and correct information.

And youtube addresses concerns of copyright as it comes. It's a place of self-governance so that big brother doesn't have to hold your hand.

So if you want PIPA or SOPA, why don't you give up more freedoms? Why not go to Iran or North Korea or even China. They love that stuff there. In fact, why don't we start with your ability to post.
09:12 AM on 01/19/2012
Your response was golden:) We need u in congress!
09:10 AM on 01/19/2012
You really must be new to this...i can write anything on wikipedia i want. Do better research before opening your mouth next time please.
09:18 AM on 01/19/2012
A better example might have been HuffPo...

09:43 AM on 01/19/2012
A better example would definately be HuffPo.

(And bigger laughs...this comment already went to pending once before)
07:36 AM on 01/19/2012
We don't need this. Were not North Korea or Cuba.
07:09 AM on 01/19/2012
Hollywood was born as an effort to "pirate" Edison's patented technologies:

"Many independent filmmakers, who controlled from one-quarter to one-third of the domestic marketplace, responded to the creation of the MPPC by moving their operations to Hollywood, whose distance from Edison's home base of New Jersey made it more difficult for the MPPC to enforce its patents.[6] The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and covers the area, was averse to enforcing patent claims.[7] "
07:03 AM on 01/19/2012
We do not need some congressio­nally appointed gatekeeper telling us what we can and cannot do on the internet.

We certainly don't need SOPA. We already have copyright laws in place that deal with piracy and infringeme­nt. Right now someone who is aggrieved can go to court and sue for INFRINGEME­­NT. That's your remedy.We don't need these senile old men who can't tell a mouse from a real rodent telling us what to do or passing laws the effect of which is to further deny us our liberties.

If the government feels compelled to get involved in this issue then what it should do is adequately fund and staff those agencies of government­­, (like the Library of Congress and the courts), whose job it is to enforce the presently existing copyright laws, while imposing the remedies for infringeme­­nt, (like injunctive relief and the award of damages), which are already in place.
10:19 AM on 01/19/2012
Now that's a good point too.
02:45 PM on 01/19/2012
The fewer laws the better.It's like the gun laws. They just keep passing gun laws that, in essence, say, this time we really, really, really mean it. It's easier to pass laws than enforce the ones you've got.
07:01 AM on 01/19/2012
Is it true that someone placed body parts hear this iconic sign to protest SOPA?
06:52 AM on 01/19/2012
Reality check from TPB:

"Because of Edison's patents for the motion pictures it was close to
financially impossible to create motion pictures
in the North American east coast. The movie studios therefore relocated
to California, and founded what we today call
Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent.
There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old
stories and make movies out of them - like
Fantasia, one of Disney's biggest hits ever.

So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about
losing control over immaterial rights, is that they
circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their
terminology: "stole") other peoples creative works,
without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit."