did no one foresee the potential threat to artistic content, ownership and value before they typed their first www? was the web created and launched with no thought as to it’s repercussion? broadband internet providers are not responsible for the content they provide, yet they are paid by subscribers. is that not criminal? since when did it become ok to accept no responsibility for action, while accepting a check? apparently the web is the new frontier and we are all cowboys in the wild west, staking claim to whatever we get our grimy hands on, while hoping to survive with the fastest draw. the problem is, the world is at our fingertips and no one knows how to lay down the law. where is john wayne when you need him? is time warner going to pay damages to warner bro records and their artists for providing a service to steal their own property? i don’t think so, but i do think it is unfair to ask questions without providing some answers.
i propose a digital isrc/usp type digital barcode that is assigned to a composition upon inception, not completion, that follows said property though all forms of playback, distribution and copying. manufacturers will be responsible for allowing and facilitating online tracking of all activity regarding the property, while law will require the internet provider to pay for content. a similar model follows cd, dvd, and handheld player. phones are monitored through cellular networks. why is this not possible?
i have another possible solution- strike. no more music until we figure out a system that works and is fair for everyone. i’m sure hollywood will follow suit. what a fun world that will be.. the music biz seemed like the litmus test- we took our blow first. i hope movie execs are tuned in and watching, because they are next.
food for thought.happy thanksgiving.