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FUTURE EYE: A story from DIGITAL MUSIC FORUM WEST
If you walked in on the panel --The Digital Copyright Debate--a little late like us, you would’ve noticed something amazing…no one up there under 30. Or around 30. Or 25. These were the winners of the late copyright current.
Way back when Napster’s seed became the articulation of the sharing generation, the idea of the “bit torrent” came to a drop dot com Web 1.0 struggler, Mr. Bram Cohen. Bit torrent used a system of taking “pieces” of a “seeded” file torn apart from MANY computers and reassembling them on a “client’s” call…kinda like your own Star Trek Transporter. Now before the request was tracked. Not really a problem until said “sharing” generation wanted to keep sharing. Meaning that studios, record companies and content owners could actually find who was making request to download their content for free!
After that, “trackless” programs created a less “dangerous” way of asking for files using a torrent.
And then…The Pirate Bay was born….
I will spare you the monumental impact that Pirate Bay had on the world. I’ll just tell you that they were the largest content resources of all time….ALL TIME. And everything was shared/stolen depending on you POV. From Adobe Creative Suite (full Pro Version), to movies, to songs, DVDs, scripts, programs, games…any and all types of media.
Started by three guys from Sweden or Norway or one of those Norse-like countries, they received threats from the Studio and Recording Industries. Publishes, lawyers and creators hated ‘em. And they, for their part, posted many of the cease and desist letters. They were raided and reposition their servers (they never housed the content but merely provided the highway for the content to travel) about 5 countries…that’s right…over and stuck their tongues out to the west.
They were finally shut down as of late…but while they were around YouTube became the ubiquitous poster-paint for ALL media. Music and Mix DJ share sites have exploded. Free Browser media grabbers are the norm and… an American law just passed saying that you can grab any media and mash it up and display it as long as it is in documentary form.
This is the state of the shared media generation. A generation that is not compelled to pay for digital media…even at an idiscounted rate. This is the generation missing from the panel.
Yet, there is a rational side to NOT wanting product to be “handed” over. Creative skills should be “owned” especially when worked hard for…problem is that traditionally, the gate keepers of said “ownership” screwed over the creators. They beat them up and out and pimped them for record deals, talent contracts and studio “time”….and the shared gen knows this.
And so here we are with the CEO of a publishing company, Bug Music‘s, John Rudolph, who, full disclosure, actually brought up the Pirate Bay issue on the panel. Via a pocket Nano (irony has no end!) we asked John Rudolph regarding his ideas.
CONV. WITH BUG MUSIC'S JOHN RUDOLPH PART 1
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