[LINK] Will Conroy's filter rescue AFACT?

Steven Clark steven.clark at internode.on.net
Mon Feb 28 22:42:42 AEDT 2011

On 28/02/11 12:14, Tom Koltai wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au 
>> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Frank O'Connor
>> When that happens and they are coining more money hand-over-fist from 
>> the 'new medium' the industry suits will be patting themselves on the 
>> back and wondering why they didn't get into this new distribution 
>> medium earlier. (In much the same way as they did with radio, TV, 
>> VCR's, CD's, DVD's and other distribution media after initially 
>> painting them as the 'end of the industry' media - the music and film 
>> industries never ride the technological wave, they tend to paddle 
>> along after it has gone by and new markets have revealed themselves.)
>> Just my 2 cents worth ...
> Jolly well summarised Frank, Thank-you.
> I specifically enjoyed the mental image of the "Content Creation
> Industry" paddling up the muddy coloured smelly creek, whilst all of
> their consumers were sailing in the the other direction perched atop
> Benetton yachts..
sadly, it's the media moguls who are becalmed on yachts.
paid for by the consumer, who is expected to paddle up s** creek - but
only if they have the 'correct' DRM-'enabled' (almost said 'enhanced',
silly me) paddle.
otherwise, it's the barbed-wire canoe and so forth.

we're talking about an industry that 'invests' in new 'talent' by
*loaning* them large sums of money. once the talent begins drawing in
the money, the industry first takes all the money it 'invested' (loaned)
out of the talents small portion of the revenue (their 'royalties').
until the 'investment' is paid off in full, they receive nothing.

everyone bellyaches about copyright - which is really the last link in
the chain of contractual servitude for most artists, and handily also
enables the 'fan' to be tied down as well.

a great many artists make more money out of live performances than
millions of records. unless they have copyright in lyrics and/or score,
they get pittances from recordings.

we're talking about an industry that is not merely risk averse, they
heap the risk onto the talent (the weaker party) throughout the whole
process. it's no wonder they're not keen on technologies they cannot
control absolutely. they've resisted every innovation until they could
subdue it, or get subsidies to assuage their 'pain'. neither record
companies, nor movie studios, on the whole are failing. and neither is
their business model. the real agony here is that they cannot squeeze
every last dollar out of the 'market' (very large corporate enterprises
tend to foster cultures that obscure the human beings by bundling them
up into collective nouns).


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