Someone not involved in technology looked at some of the comments in various discussions around the approval of New Zealand's Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill and told me "of course these people are complaining. They all benefit from infringing copyright".
And that person seems to be correct.
It is important to note that we should be working together to protect intellectual rights. People who produce work of art need must be rewarded by their creativity.
Is there disagreement on how large corporations do this? Yes. But that's not what should be debated here.
The law sets a precedent in which a copyright owner can provide a notice of infringement and by default that will be accepted as correct, truthfull and evidence of wrong doing.
This is the opposite of what we accept as due process where there's an accusation, evidence is supplied and a guilty verdict is imposed.
The law assume the accused is guilty.
This is against the due process as we know it.
I don't really have any interest to know that the program you like most on TV is not available from TV One, therefore it's your $deity given right to download it from the Internet, regardless of source, respect for the author's claims for compensation and so on.
This is the wrong approach and people will get nowhere with it. Time to get smart people. Time to show new directions to the industry. Time to join these organisations and led them in the right direction.
The technology is disruptive and they don't know how to use it, yet. Actually they know, they just haven't extended it outside some artificially small niche markets.
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