Many of you are fans of TechDirt and their writers. Yesterday (15 Mar 12) there was a great article (When Entertainment Industry Numbers Are More Suited To Comedy Than Analysis) and associated video dealing with “Copyright Math.” If you haven’t already seen it, it is worth taking a 5 min break for a laugh. Besides being what can best be described as “creative math,” by the music and movie industry, this is just simple propaganda.
The thing that isn’t funny about this, is that politicians are fed this line of bull (along with various donations) by lobbyists. Judges are also fed this type of garbage when Copyright Trolls attached such reports to their complaint. It is akin to “The Big Lie.”
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas in disguise.
Propaganda has only one object, to conquer the masses. Every means that furthers that aim is good; every means that hinders it is bad … You can make a man believe anything if you tell it to him in the right way … Nothing is easier than leading the people on a leash. I just hold up a dazzling campaign poster and they jump through it…
The people must begin to think as one unit, react as such, and put themselves at the disposal of the government wholeheartedly…To belabour the people so long until they succumb to us. ~ (Paul) Josef Göbbels
It is funny how people will question some statistics or findings, but then take others at face value. Would you believe the following hypothetical claim?
New/Used Car Dealerships: “Vehicle theft in the U.S. is a problem that seriously hurts the vehicle manufacturing and sales industry in our country. In 2009, the FBI reported 795,000 cars were stolen in the U.S. As the average cost of a car in 2009 was $15,000, that means approx. $11,925,000,000 in lost sales and taxes. These losses were felt by the industry, its employees, and other associated industries, such as insurance. The Federal, States, and local governments have been a victim in this as they lost the resulting tax revenue vital to sustaining our economy. To stop this attack on our economy, our legislators need to pass sweeping laws to prevent vehicle thefts. Every theft directly corresponds to a lost sale and threatens our way of life.”
Funny how if you replace the words in the previous paragraph with Music/Movies, the claims don’t appear to be outlandish to some people.
Here is a Blog post from August 2010, in which the author mentions a report commissioned by an unknown source (assumed to be a Media Giant), in which the results indicated that people who illegally download various media (movies, music, etc.), actually spend more money purchasing than “Non-Pirates” do. The report was not well received by the media giant and it was never published. Here is the last bit of the author’s post –
Pirates make a convenient scapegoat for struggling movie makers, and they undoubtedly do have some impact on studios’ bottom lines. But there are many factors–the struggling economy, unwillingness to embrace new technology, and fewer quality flicks (i.e. sequelitis)–that have all played a part in the downturn.
What’s remarkable is that some studios–especially porn producers–have figured out a way to profit from piracy, suing hundreds of thousands of Internet users and squeezing them for settlement payments whether or not they’re guilty. And that’s ultimately what this week’s feature is about.
Please don’t take this post as I’m condoning piracy. This post is far from doing that. Fighting propaganda is one of things we do each time we spread the word of what the Trolls are up to. When you don’t give in and the Troll has to find someone else, you are helping out. I understand everyone’s situation is different, but do whatever you can to help here. Being the eyes and ears for us is a great activity that is always appreciated. Thanks.