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When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent
boombaard
post Oct 29 2007, 21:30
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perhaps an interesting/entertaining read: (not by my hand, found it yesterday)
http://www.demonbaby.com/blog/2007/10/when...k-birth-of.html

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For quite a long time I've been intending to post some sort of commentary on the music industry - piracy, distribution, morality, those types of things. I've thought about it many times, but never gone through with it, because the issue is such a broad, messy one - such a difficult thing to address fairly and compactly. I knew it would result in a rambly, unfocused commentary, and my exact opinion has teetered back and forth quite a bit over the years anyway. But on Monday, when I woke up to the news that Oink, the world famous torrent site and mecca for music-lovers everywhere, had been shut down by international police and various anti-piracy groups, I knew it was finally time to try and organize my thoughts on this huge, sticky, important issue.


edit2: thanks for editing the title, kind (and anonymous) moderator smile.gif

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post Nov 7 2007, 09:57
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I find it amusing to no end that people rationalize copyright infringement using the digitalization of signals as a case.

Analog audio is a wave. Can you own a wave in the ocean? If you support the RIAA you are supporting owning ocean waves. Clearly ownership of analog content is an absurd and dated concept that was created by the capitalist corporate interests of our government.

Just to show you how absurd your argument is. If you want to toss out the bathwater of digital ownership, you have to throw the baby out as well, because that's the logical conclusion of your argument. The fact of the matter that digital, like analog, is purely a means of representing things to our consciousness. There's no difference in the mind between a signal represented digitally and one represented in analog. You're essentially spreading propaganda in your misrepresentation of the reality. It's not owning a number, it's owning the product of that number when processed and displayed to the human consciousness in the correct way. I really doubt the RIAA is going to take issue with the spreading of plaintext files containing the bytecode of an mp3. Furthermore, every encode is different. So it's obvious to anyone with half a mind that the intent is not to own a number, but rather a product. Which is exactly the point.

The idea of differentiating between infringing and stealing is similarly fallacious. Sure, on a material level, they differ in that ownership is not transferred. This requires only abiding by the narrow "material" view, which is similarly the kind of perspective it would take to proclaim that music = numbers so it should be free. On a conceptual level, stealing is the illicit acquisition of content. If content is owned, but replicable, it's no less of a theft to deprive the owner of his right to profit from this ownership. Sorry guys, but we don't live in a socialistic society. Humanity doesn't operate like that. This should be obvious by now there've been enough failed attempts.

As for the list of digital content that is progressing towards freedom, it was worth a quick guffaw. Most, if not all, of the services/content listed are never going to be predominantly free or open source, and one could very easily make the case that the existence of the freed content here is intricately tied to and dependent upon the proprietary likenesses. And if we were to reach a point where all art (music, photography, and software) were free, well, I'd hate to be around to see the abysmal drop in quality. There's no getting around the fact that people create for profit just as much as they do for recognition. Maybe someday we'll live in a society where capitalism doesn't work the way it does today, but we don't and until then profit will continue to be a huge source of inspiration for artists of all kinds. It may be an ugly reality to accept for all you Stallman lapdogs, but it's the truth and I suggest you accept it until you can do something more significant to change it than whining on an internet forum full of nerds.

Nerdrage shitstorm incoming.
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- boombaard   When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink   Oct 29 2007, 21:30
- - neomoe   very nice read! thank you for sharing this...   Oct 29 2007, 22:58
- - Fandango   "so this is why CDs cost $18..." H...   Oct 29 2007, 23:17
- - seanyseansean   If you disregard their 'illegal' status, b...   Oct 30 2007, 00:19
- - LANjackal   Interesting. I was wondering just how long it woul...   Oct 30 2007, 02:02
- - Canar   Mentioning an illegal site that no longer exists i...   Oct 30 2007, 03:23
- - plnelson   I certainly don't disagree that the music indu...   Oct 30 2007, 18:25
|- - skamp   QUOTE (plnelson @ Oct 30 2007, 18:25) No ...   Oct 31 2007, 14:26
- - Fandango   *rofl* Why is it always the stealing cars analogy ...   Oct 30 2007, 19:31
|- - plnelson   QUOTE (Fandango @ Oct 30 2007, 14:31) *ro...   Oct 30 2007, 19:46
- - Canar   An MP3 is a very long number. Likewise, a track on...   Oct 30 2007, 20:30
|- - plnelson   QUOTE (Canar @ Oct 30 2007, 15:30) An MP3...   Oct 30 2007, 21:31
- - neomoe   numbers are interpreted by a program, so they are ...   Oct 30 2007, 21:34
|- - plnelson   QUOTE (neomoe @ Oct 30 2007, 16:34) numbe...   Oct 30 2007, 21:51
|- - Light-Fire   QUOTE (plnelson @ Oct 30 2007, 15:51) ......   Oct 31 2007, 03:54
- - Canar   neomoe, at the basic level, words are numbers as w...   Oct 30 2007, 21:54
|- - plnelson   QUOTE (Canar @ Oct 30 2007, 16:54) plnels...   Oct 30 2007, 23:22
- - boombaard   QUOTE An MP3 is a very long number. Likewise, a tr...   Oct 30 2007, 21:57
- - krabapple   from the rant: QUOTE because you can all but guar...   Oct 30 2007, 22:10
- - greynol   Didn't we already have this discussion a short...   Oct 30 2007, 23:26
- - Axon   The bigger question is how the overall flow of mon...   Oct 31 2007, 01:14
|- - plnelson   QUOTE (Axon @ Oct 30 2007, 20:14) Would i...   Oct 31 2007, 16:09
|- - skamp   QUOTE (plnelson @ Oct 31 2007, 16:09) All...   Oct 31 2007, 17:30
||- - plnelson   QUOTE (skamp @ Oct 31 2007, 12:30) QUOTE ...   Oct 31 2007, 18:20
||- - greynol   QUOTE (plnelson @ Oct 31 2007, 10:20) And...   Oct 31 2007, 18:55
||- - skamp   QUOTE (plnelson @ Oct 31 2007, 18:20) And...   Nov 1 2007, 09:41
|- - Artemis3   QUOTE (plnelson @ Oct 31 2007, 11:09) All...   Oct 31 2007, 19:22
|- - sraffa   QUOTE (Artemis3 @ Oct 31 2007, 13:22) . ....   Oct 31 2007, 20:19
|- - plnelson   QUOTE (Artemis3 @ Oct 31 2007, 14:22) Rig...   Nov 6 2007, 18:24
- - digital   . . You cats need to take a stiff shot of your fa...   Oct 31 2007, 02:13
- - Fuchal   How long do you think before the labels are out of...   Oct 31 2007, 04:06
- - LANjackal   @ plnelson: Aren't you the same guy who starte...   Oct 31 2007, 04:29
- - Canar   Let's take a look at the people who are provid...   Oct 31 2007, 04:35
- - Artemis3   My, my, this topic is also here Quoting myself at...   Oct 31 2007, 07:27
- - boombaard   QUOTE All the armchair philosophizing in your post...   Oct 31 2007, 16:59
- - Triza   Just my 2 pence: Labels will be smaller, but they ...   Oct 31 2007, 23:15
|- - Lyx   QUOTE (Triza @ Nov 1 2007, 00:15) Just my...   Nov 1 2007, 06:19
- - Cosmo   Who pays $15 - $18 per CD?   Nov 1 2007, 00:20
- - SebastianG   CDs in Germany usually cost 15-18 EUR (20-25 USD)....   Nov 1 2007, 01:13
|- - Light-Fire   QUOTE (SebastianG @ Oct 31 2007, 19:13) C...   Nov 1 2007, 01:47
- - david_dl   Here, a newly released CD by a local artist, or an...   Nov 1 2007, 03:54
- - randal1013   i just read on blabbermouth that trent reznor had ...   Nov 1 2007, 04:42
- - Night Surfer   The numbers argument is funny. Of course one canno...   Nov 1 2007, 15:53
|- - greynol   Not one single person in this entire thread is jus...   Nov 1 2007, 17:30
|- - Pepzhez   An easy solution to this dilemma could be devised ...   Nov 1 2007, 21:14
|- - Lyx   QUOTE (Pepzhez @ Nov 1 2007, 22:14) An ea...   Nov 2 2007, 09:39
|- - plnelson   QUOTE (Pepzhez @ Nov 1 2007, 16:14) Had I...   Nov 6 2007, 18:40
||- - Pepzhez   QUOTE (plnelson @ Nov 6 2007, 09:40) If y...   Nov 7 2007, 05:58
|- - uart   QUOTE (Pepzhez @ Nov 1 2007, 12:14) Speak...   Nov 7 2007, 09:56
- - simonh   well said, pepzhez.   Nov 1 2007, 22:58
- - Artemis3   And yet, Pepzhez is not the only one... So plnels...   Nov 2 2007, 07:53
- - ArtMustHurt   usually artists dont earn much from cd sales unles...   Nov 2 2007, 13:19
- - Fandango   Personally I like this idea of an ideal state-of-t...   Nov 2 2007, 14:20
|- - skamp   QUOTE (Fandango @ Nov 2 2007, 14:20) Arti...   Nov 2 2007, 14:51
|- - Fandango   QUOTE (skamp @ Nov 2 2007, 14:51) So... p...   Nov 2 2007, 15:04
|- - skamp   QUOTE (Fandango @ Nov 2 2007, 15:04) Yes,...   Nov 2 2007, 16:35
|- - SnTholiday   QUOTE let people decide what they want to buy. Pe...   Nov 2 2007, 23:01
|- - Leto Atreides II   QUOTE (SnTholiday @ Nov 2 2007, 15:01) So...   Nov 4 2007, 06:45
|- - Lyx   QUOTE (SnTholiday @ Nov 3 2007, 00:01) Pe...   Nov 6 2007, 18:31
- - jaybeee   When Pigs Fly... I found this to be a very intere...   Nov 7 2007, 09:07
- - Tab   I find it amusing to no end that people rationaliz...   Nov 7 2007, 09:57
- - Buddylee   The Recording Monopoly (if you wish to talk about ...   Nov 11 2007, 13:26


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