My dad sent me this link to a Times Article… The Supreme Court of California ruled yesterday that the First Amendment right to free speech did not mean trade secrets could be published on the Web with impunity. ie, this kid can’t distribute the deCSS Code which lets you decrypt DVDs. This code is on the Net now and I was using it 3 years ago. It’s the code printed on this T-Shirt sold by Copyleft.
This ruling is remarkably behind the times. Last night I watched and copied : Live In New York, a DVD I borrowed from a friend. I put the DVD in one drive, a blank DVD in another drive and pushed a button inDVD X Copy Xpress to decrypt the DVD and copy it. So now I have a copy of Robin Williams: Live in New York. I don’t even need to use deCSS anymore, but they’re still suing over it.
I think the DVD Cat is a little out of the bag. And I think that’s a good thing.
What people forget about ‘piracy’ is that it gives power to the people… at the expense of corporations. It enable me, as a consumer, to have more control of my own Experience… and it enables me as an Artist to produce myself, without getting pimped by Geffen or MGM or whatever.
The current Consumer Culture is bullshit – it’s too expensive and it gives way too much power to corporations. The current Arts ‘Industry’ is also bullshit – Artists have to sign away the rights to their Art for at least 35 years, and get pimped by the Industry.
The same technology that the Industry is fighting (‘to protect Artists’) is the technology that gives Artists freedom. Musicians today burn their own CDs and sell them at shows. Filmmakers burn their own DVDs. Fuck the man. And fuck Mass Media. All this stuff needs to break down… Local Media and Decentralized Production, old-school Tribal shit. Mass Media sucks and I want out. I don’t want to listen and watch what Geffen and Time-Warner want to supply me with… Fuck them. I want to share Music and Movies directly with Friends, and Artists. Fuck the Middleman.
The Recording/Movie Industries will die, that’s just progress… I’m referring to this World Bank document of Post-Industrialization. Industry gets replaced by Services in a healthy economy.
Right now they’re holding on to a dying business model, but they need to work with consumers and dump their CD/DVD burning factories, encourage burning and ripping, and start providing a Service to consumers. Why not invest your lawsuit money in providing Downloadable Movies with an iTunes-like interface that dummy 35-year-olds can use. Provide a Service, assholes. Help us move forward.
Web/Tech is ending Copyright just as the Printing Press gave birth to it. McCluhan said that Media changes culture, and it does. The Industry seems to want to sue it’s way out of progress.