The copyright industry’s really in full-on assault mode at the moment, and the lazy commercial media is giving it an easy ride. You had the Fairfax and News Ltd papers and TV current affairs shows giving Nintendo some marvellous free “piracy is a $1.5 million crime, even the Federal Court agrees” publicity the week before last – misleading lie though it almost certainly was – and then there was this on the front page of News Ltd’s throwaway commuter tabloid, mx, today:
I strongly suspect that Rupert’s Fox media conglomerate has an arrangement with these AFACT liars (even their name is false – copyright infringement isn’t “theft”, as they were reminded by the court recently), but of course it’s not acknowledged in the puff piece above. There’s also no critical response to AFACT’s sinister claim that it’s monitoring what people have “on their hard drive”, no mention of privacy concerns, nothing. But that’s par for the course – the corporate copyright industry and the corporate media are very closely linked, and you can expect more of this sort of cynically manipulative guff as their campaign to further change copyright laws in their favour ramps up.
In related news, US lobbyists are very angry at those providing free legal software, and those using it, and WANT ENTIRE COUNTRIES PUNISHED:
The US-based International Intellectual Property Alliance has asked the US Trade Rep to add Indonesia to its list of rogue nations that don’t respect copyright. What did Indonesia do to warrant inclusion on this “301 list”? Its government had the temerity to advise its ministries to give preference to free/open source software because it will cost less and reduce the use of pirated proprietary software in government. According to the IPA, this movement to reduce copyright infringement is actually bad for copyright, because “it fails to build respect for intellectual property rights and also limits the ability of government or public-sector customers (e.g., State-owned enterprise) to choose the best solutions.”
Monopolists, protectionists, liars, crooks, bullies. That’s the copyright industry for you.
The tragedy is that every time you buy from them, you’re giving them the money they need to further entrench their power over our governments. Please, don’t.