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RE: [xml-dev] Principles for an Ethical and Sustainable Internet


People steal because there are no consequences.  When the consequences become draconian, they stop. The web culture will have to adjust to paying for their entertainment or adjust to consequences that will become ever more uncomfortable and expensive.  This is not about the mom or pop or kid creating a youtube wedding video.  This is about large scale well-organized and well-financed piracy with major internet firms acting as co-conspirators to enable them.

Imagine your chagrin if you downloaded a pirated app that when it couldn't verify its legitimacy proceeded to dismantle your system.  Say Stuxnet.  Imagine sites being taken off the air because access to them will be a criminal offense.  Imagine imposed user fees collected by ISPs as part of the service costs/

I rather hope things don't go that far. My sense of it is the governments of our respective countries will begin to prosecute as well as fast track litigation and penalize.  If piracy persists, then like spam sites, there will be raids and seizures.  It will be ugly.  The user fee may be inevitable.  I don't know but it is certainly being discussed just as the tax on cassette tapes was eventually levied.

So maybe we should spend more time thinking about technical solutions that work instead of philosophical arguments that lead nowhere.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tei [mailto:oscar.vives@gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 9:57 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Principles for an Ethical and Sustainable Internet

On 28 August 2012 14:51, Len Bullard <Len.Bullard@ses-i.com> wrote:
> According to the US Dept of Labor, the number of professional musicians (say working for a living) has dropped 41% in the last decade.  Piracy has an impact.

Culture change, and people don't want to pay for stuff now.  This
don't mean you can't make money anymore, but you have to go fishing in
a different way, the old system don't work as well as used to work.

As for calling thief people that enjoy your creations without paying.
Its fair, I suppose.

Almost all iOS apps are now free, and 40% are making a lot of money,
like $400.000  (the other 60% lose money).    People used to say that
Android had a large piracy problem. Now both markets are equal in
distribution paid apps/ free apps, with dominance of the free.
Pirates are just undeserved customers, most of them would pay
something for your work, perhaps some cents, less than 20 cents.

ℱin del ℳensaje.


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