The Case Against Vigilantism
By Carlton Vogt
Dec 3, 2004
Is it ethical to use unethical tactics against someone you consider unethical? ... The idea of vigilantism --taking the law into your own hands when you feel the authorities aren't doing enough -- has its appeal, but on closer scrutiny it also has a dark side that we may want to avoid.
Whose Rebellion, Whose Innovation?: Dynamic Pricing and Music Conversion
Feb 4, 2004
DiaRIAA reviews Music Rebellion and RipDigtal.
WHO’S EDUCATIN’ WHO?
July 23, 2003
Education is the last refuge of authoritarianism.
I don’t have absolute control. You’re using my
product in a way that I don’t want. So the problem must
be with you. Now I must educate you. You will learn what I
want you to learn. Check out the latest propaganda at http://www.respectcopyrights.org/.
Who's the Borg?
Consumers or RIAA?
July 10, 2003
We forget recent history all too quickly. The
explosive rise of Napster and P2P was a form of civil unrest
by consumers against an oppressive industry that had abused
its customers (such as charging MORE for CD's that cost LESS
to produce) and refused to adapt to a digital realm that its
customers already embraced.
HARVARD TRIES TO EDUCATE HOLLYWOOD
June 10, 2003
What do you get when you lock
3 Harvard professors in a room? A kindergarten lesson. I've
always thought academia trailed industry by five years. But
this is major regression.
The Beat Goes On: Apple, Roxio, &
May 21, 2003
synergy has been touted for two decades now. The alignment
of Apple-iTunes and Roxio-Napster-Pressplay is an old theme.
... Picture Maxtor selling a $100 80GB hard drive with entire
music catalogs that the user can preview and unlock
with a credit card. Or Microsoft giving away such drives in
exchange for a one year broadband and music subscription.
Consumers Shafted By Tech
Industry In Digital Media Wars
Jan 21, 2003
Two major tech industry councils reached
a "landmark agreement" with the Recording Industry
Assn (RIAA). The groups will oppose legislation that requires
digital rights management (DRM, the bone for tech) and support
aggressive action against copyright violators (read consumers
using P2P, the bone for RIAA). The joint groups will also
oppose legislation that supports consumer rights (RIAA again).
... Of course, the loser is the consumer. ...
Industry Reaches New Heights Of Audacity
Aug 13, 2002
The death throes of a dinosaur are
not a pretty sight. In the face of civil disobedience (Napster
and its ilk) the recording industry resorted to the full power
of their monopoly. They pursued litigation with a vengeance,
and will continue. Regardless of your position, that clearly
is their right. ... But they didnt stop there. ...
Napster, and our Future
Times change. Five years ago the Internet
was the future, a vast unexplored wilderness. Two years ago
it was here, an insane blur of capital, money, and enterprises.
Today it's a ghost town populated by Main Street corporate
fixer-uppers already gentryfin' the place. ... But you don't
have to panic, Mr. Big Shot Producer. We'll still pay for
things like quality, speed, convenience, and service. If you
can prove the value and deliver.
Marc Freedman coined the phrase "TechnoPop"
in 1991 in a white paper predicting the convergence of technology
and entertainment. In May 2001 Marc spoke at the MIT Enterprise
Forum on "Technotainment in the Post-Napster Era"
and made predictions on the future of the digital music industry.
... All these predictions have come true.