Waiting for copyright discussion 1.0 14:56 on Sunday

I’m getting tired of the copyright “discussion” crawling on and on in blogs. Most people criticizing copyright and the copyright organizations (in Finland, namely Teosto and Gramex) do not care enough to spend an hour reading the sites of these organizations. This makes the whole discussion a prime example of not wisdom, but stupidity of crowds. Inaccurate and false information is spread far and wide.

I believe we, as in people interested in the future of copyright, have a real chance to get our voice heard and to help make a change happen. But we have to lift the stuck needle from the groove, we have to stop repeating the inane gossip circulating around, and we have to move on from this so-called discussion which is not going anywhere. I want to read opinions on copyright, but I want to read opinions by people who have taken the time to find out what the fuck they’re writing about. Copyrights are a complex matter and I’m not saying everything written should be “true” to the degree of understanding the common and agreed interpretation of copyright law. But the least we all can do is to spend reasonable effort to dig up the background information on what we write.

One Response to “Waiting for copyright discussion 1.0”


  1. Janne Says:

    Totally agreed here. Both sides are doing horrible oversimplifications, and are digging their trenches deeper.

    The problem is that the time is playing for the pirates. So we’ll soon be in a situation where copyright legislation regulates everything else but copying itself (and can be used to shut down operations the government does not like, which is exactly what is happening in Russia), the music/movie industry essentially dies, and we’ll be heading down a “dark age” of culture, where nobody respects any legislation anymore.

    Copyright legislation isn’t really the problem. It can be easily changed and adapted to something which all sides can consider to be fair and modern. We have all the tools and experience to do that, as we change legislation every day. Changing attitudes – that is the problem.