Should the US write the laws controlling world culture?

In creative commons, culture, drm, music industry by Michael Tiemann

“If Hollywood could order intellectual property laws for Christmas, what would they look like? This is pretty close.”

ACTA is short for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and, “that’s how David Fewer, staff counsel at the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), summed it up,” said p2pnet.

In another article, “America isn’t becoming a police state,” we said. “It’s turning into a massive entertainment division run by a handful of corporate dinosaurs fronted by groups of corrupt executive politicians.”

Text of the full article.

I note with interest that the discourse has changed in one important way: the term “DRM” has become such a negative for so many consumers that the language has changed to “Anti-Counterfeiting”.  But the thrust remains the same: the music industry wants to control their slice of the cultural pie on terms that they alone dictate.  They are not the least bit interested in finding any middle ground, nor in adapting in any way to changes in the landscape that they themselves once created.  And don’t just take my word for it.  Gerd Leonhard writes chapter and verse the long and sad story of music industry intransigence.

We deserve better, and the only way we’re going to get better is to organize and fight these dinosaurs!