Image: The "Intellectual Property" racket. You do not own
"ideas" or "information," only the tangible assets used to either
record, view, or transmit them. The paradigm these corporate-financier
interests are attempting to create and perpetuate is one that inevitably
places all under their contrived "intellectual domain" because it is
they alone who have the money and power to register and defend them. In
the process, they are hindering technological as well as social progress
in the defense of their antiquated business models.
by Tony Cartalucci
Movies, music, and TV created by huge
monopolizing media cartels like Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, Fox,
Paramount, as well as software companies like Electronic Arts,
Microsoft, Autodesk, and many others, belong to a consortium of
corporate-financier interests driving the the "intellectual property"
crusade and many of its unpopular creations, including SOPA, ACTA, and a
campaign of jailing grannies and college kids for simply sharing
information deemed "property" of these corporations.
What they represent in reality is the antithesis of real business and
progress - modern technological reactionaries, staving off advances that
threaten their antiquated business models and the immense, unwarranted
influence they have accumulated over decades.
The existence of independent movies, music, and of open source software
and publications proves that knowledge, entertainment, and everything in
between not only can surrive beyond the tired paradigms of copyrights,
trademarks, and "intellectual property," but can thrive.
A new paradigm of giving credit where credit is due, but making all
information and the media it is contained within, freely available to
all is emerging. Taking a physical CD from another individual is
depriving them of a tangible object, and therefore theft. Copying
digitally, the information on that CD with the consent of the CDs owner
is not theft.
Technology has made it possible to copy information without depriving
individuals of tangible, valuable objects. Because this culture of
sharing costs those involved nothing, and the more that is shared, the
easier it is for all involved to find information they seek, it has
understandably spread to all aspects of digitally encoded media.
Software,book publishers, movie and music producers all face an industry
transforming from simply creating media and selling the medium upon
which it is contained.
There is still money to be made with performances, in theaters, and with
physical productions others find valuable enough to pay for. However,
even in this aspect, the tools for creating movies, music, software, and
books are becoming increasingly cheaper and accessible to large numbers
of people who would gladly share their work within a culture of
What these corporate-financier interests are protecting then, is not
their "rights" or themselves from "theft," but their monopoly over an
antiquated system that if not protected, will crumble away. Like a
consortium of horse-carriage makers lobbying for laws against "new
fangled cars," or libraries around the world uniting to outlaw the
Internet and websites like Wikipedia, the reaction of mega-media
corporations is one of profound absurdity - one entertained only because
of the vast wealth their monopoly has granted them over the decades,
and one entertained because still vast numbers of people across society
still watch, listen, read, and unfortunately believe everything they say
Below is a list of media cartels and the corporations that constitute
their membership, responsible for the absurd "intellectual property"
crusade. Each corporation produces products we are all more than capable
of living without - and as is the case with many other corporate-financier monopolies
, would probably be better off doing without anyway.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Members
National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) Board Members
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Members
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) Member Directory
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Members
Business Software Alliance (BSA) Members
For every movie, song, or piece of software produced by this collection
of monopolistic, corporate parasites, there are equivalent or superior
open source, creative commons
public domain alternatives. There are myriads of open, free news,
information, and entertainment online created by both amateurs and a
growing number of professionals. There is also a large (and increasing) selection of open source software
We get the society we pay for. If we continue paying Fortune 500 corporate-financiers
who continue to concentrate wealth and power in fewer hands, and
continue using that wealth and power to create and guide an agenda that
serves only special interests at the cost of the vast majority, we have
only ourselves to blame. Boycotting these corporations deprives them of
the vast wealth they need to draw from their equally vast legal,
lobbying, and legislative resources. And by boycotting these vast
corporations, we have money to spend locally, for local artists who go
through the trouble of putting on live shows or creating tangible assets
we can enjoy.
That human beings are spending months, even years in jail
because of "copyright infringement" while mass murderers are allowed to roam America with absolute impunity
is indicative of the immense injustices bred by this very system -
highlighting the urgent need to excise and replace it with utmost
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