posted on Jan, 21 2012 @ 03:56 PM
Well now that Anonymous has attacked somebody in response to Megaupload being shutdwon it has just added fuel to the fire and now legislators can use
it as ammunition.
If Anonymous had instead helped defenders of internet freedom make their argument and spread it peacefully then much more could have come from this
and they'd have ammunition.
All this does is give the other side ammunition and spread more conflict.
We, as supporters of a free (law-abiding) internet, lost our leverage when they attacked.
A VCR can record video rentals and TV shows. By shutting down Megaupload, it's somewhat comparable to destroying every VCR in the country just because
it can make copying videos easy. We as a country need to think more carefully about what this all means in broader terms.
What's going to happen when we can easily copy every day objects like cups and bowls and spoons? Will this mean we no longer buy them? Will our
economy switch from goods to services? What happens when copying techniques become more advanced and we can copy things like TVs and computers and
furniture? What happens when you can have the production capacity of an entire factory in one of your bedrooms? Does that make you a hacker, a
homeowner, or a businessman? Computers can copy data easy, whether it's a program or a data file. Software makers produce a good that's called a
program. It requires time and money to do this. But since computers can copy things and distribute things so easily, much of the value of this
software is lost. So either the industry prevents computers from copying and distributing or dramatically increases the price of computers or
(successfully) switches to open source or something similar, or we will come to a point where software makers will no longer be able to make money
when they program and software might advance slower as payed software makers become a thing of the distant past. People don't work for nothing. If
your business stops paying the truckers to distribute parts between your factories, then the truckers will strike and eventually quit. Same deal here.
Software makers want an income for their work. But their work, once completed, is easily copied. It's a dilemma that the industry now faces and it's
an opportunity to learn.
In many ways, it reminds me of an artist. He or she creates a sculpture after working painstakingly on it for two-years full-time. This sculpture can
then easily be copied by machines. The bulk of the value in this good is its creator, the artist, not the machine. How do you pay the artist?
One-time? How? Do you create a copyright department to watch for illegal copies?
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