2005/11/01

Hollywood wants to control the sense of sight.

OK, not really, but on Halloween the MPAA did get a new legislative draft into the House Judiciary Committee that would make it illegal to produce digital video from an analog source. In other words, they're trying to force content creation, any kind of content, through devices that they control. Basically gives 'em a veto on the creative process. Read the EFF report (linked above), and then check out this analysis on Boing Boing.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. Media giants have no real interest in pirates or file-swappers. That's just a smoke-screen. The real goal is to lock content creators into industry controlled distribution systems, giving them a perpetual revenue stream from both creation and consumption.

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Seems we have the same opinion... Here's my response to the same BB post...

Maybe the real goal is to restrict camcorders so that home movies can't end up as high-quality torrents. Perhaps home movies will be marked for limited distribution (say, within the family); anything beyond that will be deemed commercial film production, and require a union card from Hollywood.

This is within the scope of "Analog Hole" legislation; after all, as long as people can point a camcorder at a screen, they can pirate stuff (or so Hollywood can claim).

It would also make sense for Hollywood to be concerned about this: like all middlemen, they're threatened by the disintermediating effect of the Net.

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