[free-sklyarov] RE: Long term thoughts [was: Sen. Hatch "commends" DOJ for Sklyarov arrest, IP prosecutions]

Mark K. Bilbo mark at blorch.org
Sat Aug 4 10:00:16 PDT 2001

I never tried to say such an effort would be easy. Nor do I discount the "boy 
band" nonsense going on. *However, fact is that the corporate boobs don't 
have any real creativity. They might be able to hold on for years doing the 
cheap, quick 'n' dirty bands and such. But if you've watched what has 
happened to TV over the years as "narrow casting" has grown, the major 
networks have lost *tremendous amounts of audience. Their share was dropping 
below half when I was working in TV back in the late '80s.

The music industry has been one of the big backers of DMCA type legislation 
because in their dim-witted, reptillian brains they can see something is 
wrong. Big bands now regularly spin off and create their *own companies. Now 
small bands are going direct over the 'Net. If delivery systems continue to 
develop, these middlemen types will go the way of the dinosaurs. I think they 
attacked Napster largely because they realized such systems could *replace 
them. And I think they're right. 

Now the publishing monsters are getting into the act, fearing for their 
corporate lives. Even though electronic books are pretty much a flop and the 
public is staying away in droves. Still, over the years and decades, this *is 
the direction the technology is heading. King has already broken with his 
publisher (as the big bands did with the music companies). 

My point has been that I think the ultimate solution is to build open, useful 
distribution systems for artists. To enable them to connect directly with 
their audience. Eventually, even the "boy band" and Britney types will see 
the economic logic. After all, you cut out the expense of the middlemen. You 
can sell at a much lower price yet make *more money because the margins are 

Also, the big advantage we'd have is that the media corporations are screwing 
people on both ends of the equation. Not *just the public, not *just the 
programmers, but *also the people producing the actual "content." I think 
there are pleanty of artists who would love to get out from under the 
corporate thumb.

So it wouldn't be easy? Okay. Is anything worthwhile ever "easy?" And it 
would take years. But I'm thinking in terms of the next two to five decades. 

Besides, I'm just not a "nice guy." I don't just want to whack these 
corporations on the head once or twice, I want to *destroy them. Even if it 
does take twenty years or so. <eg>


On Wednesday 01 August 2001 08:46, Keith Handy wrote:
> From: "Victor Piterbarg" <free-sklyarov at happycool.com>
> To: <free-sklyarov at zork.net>
> Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 00:05:15 -0700
> Subject: [free-sklyarov] RE: [NotDmcaLa] Long term thoughts [was: Sen.
> Hatch "commends" DOJ for Sklyarov arrest, IP prosecutions]
> > It would be great if it was that easy! However, I don't think the artists
> > you speak of are all that valuable to the corporations. Look at the
> > BIGGEST bands of the recent times. Britney Spears, N'Synch, Backstreet
> > Boys. These artists are manufactured by the record labels. These are the
> > "artists" that make the most money FOR the corporations. And I think that
> > if we approached Britney Spears with eloquent anti-DMCA arguments, the
> > best we could hope for is a shiny smile or a giggle.
> True, but think of it this way: if you could at least raise awareness
> among the minority of music fans who have some semblance of critical
> judgement, you've just doubled our support base.  Add in the same size
> base of independent-minded readers of every genre, you've tripled it.
> The point is, we may be a minority, but we're a smaller minority than
> need be if we limit the voice to computer programmers.
> -Keith
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