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Seth comments on copyrights and copywrongs with the newest war between the MPAA and a company that loads movies on IPods. This is the French Revolution all over again… played out over the Internet. The RIAA (King Louis) and the MPAA (Marie Antoinette) are in trouble. Their business (The Bastille) is being stormed (by the Internet) and they are going to eventually lose their heads. Rather than opening the doors to democracy, they'd rather “let us eat cake” and continue to support the hording of wealth and control of the entertainment industry.
The French Revolution (1789â??1799) was a pivotal period in the history of French, European and Western civilization. During this time, republicanism replaced the absolute monarchy in France, and the country's Roman Catholic Church was forced to undergo a radical restructuring. While France would oscillate among republic, empire, and monarchy for 75 years after the First Republic fell to a coup d'Ã©tat, the Revolution is widely seen as a major turning point in the history of Western democracyâ??from the age of absolutism and aristocracy, to the age of the citizenry as the dominant political force – Wikipedia
The Lords (Entertainment Industry Executives) will lose their heads, regardless of how many attorneys (vassals) they summon upon the people. The blade will fall on the aristocracy, it's inevitable. I suppose the only defense they have left is to try to sue every last penny out of every last peasant to try to maintain the feudal society in tact that will maintain their royal lifestyle.
Louis and Marie met their fate because there was no way that the people would stand up for them. I'm afraid the RIAA and MPAA are in the same situation. Without the support of the people, we're no longer going to sit around and eat cake. The empire will fall.
Afterthought: I am not against musicians making fantastic sums of money… I appreciate their talent and know that they work hard. It's well known that musicians make most of their incomes off of the road and not the distribution of their work. That's where the industry is changing… and artists are beginning to take note. Many are distributing their music online for free or even acting as their own record companies. This is the future of the industry.