Sunday, December 21, 2008

Why Copyright?

Why Copyright? is the name a documentary made by Michael Geist, one of the leading voices in the Canadian copyright debate. The movie explains why balancing the rights of copyright holders against the needs of ordinary citizens is so important. So many company's are using copyright (and other so called intellectual property rights) as a means to protect their failing business models to the detriment of the customer.

The entertainment industry's business is controlling distribution but the Internet makes distribution effortless. Instead of going with the flow, they decided to fight against it and are now paying the price. None of the major record labels will survive because the artists simply don't need the record companies any more. The musicians can use The Pirate Bay, Facebook, YouTube, and lots of other services to get themselves noticed. No more middle men required.

The movie is available online as a legal download from many sources. Just search for "whycopyright video".

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