I've been reading a LOT about patents and copyright issues lately. There is a very long but very good article about it here http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20040226003735733 I've also been reading about the media and distribution channels. Comcast is trying to buy Disney because the distribution of video and other data is becoming free. You can now send video over the internet without needing an antenna or even a cable line in your house. They are trying to buy Disney because content is why people pay the $40 cable bill every month. There is a reason that your cell provider is trying to make the camera-phone a part of the package. They know that they are simply providing a method for people to communicate. If something else comes along and dramatically decreases the cost of voice communication (wireless VOIP) they will die off.

The thing that disturbs me is that huge corporations that used to only control the distribution are now buying up the creative part of the Entertainment industry. That's bad because it inflates prices and limits competition. It also stifles creativity because of political pressure from executives.

So you have Distribution Monopolies realizing that they will die if they don't change. Then you have Media/Culture monopolies created by de-regulation that have their own political agendas which aren't going to die because they have the money created by advertising that is used to buy politicians which = deregulation. Those who currently profit by the distribution of digital content will die. The music industry is the first real example. Televison will be next when DVD burners get better and cheaper and easier to use and the Internet gets faster.

It's interesting that people who are so pro cencorship seem to have common goals as myself. They interpret Janet's breast as a failure created by massive media conglomerates inability to pander to anything but profit. The have the right goal for the wrong reason. Profit is a result of capitalism. It works. Regulation is necessary to prevent monopolies, nobody disagrees with that. The magnitude of this situation is what's being overlooked. A monopoly in the keyboard industry is bad because prices are high and innovation stifled. A monopoly in the Media industry is bad for the same reasons but you also have Millions of people now having their perceptions of the world around them being shaped by a corporation. The wealthy people that fund and profit from the corporation don't want people to know that their news isn't fair and balanced. The news therefore can't report about the problem and on and on.

Market pressures will kill off the inefficient distribution system and lower prices for all of us. Market pressures won't kill of tainted content unless people become educated. I'm not sure that's in the cards considering the Republican tax cuts and the Democrat's insistence on keeping a bloated Social Security system funded.


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