IPRED opinions

A Swedish attempt to construct a law against file sharing is under intense debate. Copyright owners are supposed to get access to the file sharers/pirates IP-address to be able to sue. This is of course not very easy to plunge into. After a week of strange debates where artists exercise their voices to defend why they put their names under articles PRO-law and file sharers mail-bomb politicians, I have made an attempt to come up with my own opinion.

First, the IPRED idea is not very clever. It creates private criminal investigations, which is very threatening to my views of how society should work. The only ones able to use this law in an effective way are the large media companies and copyright organizations; the only ones who can afford to watch the web in any efficient way. They will have access to personal info about the file sharers, which I think is unpleasant. Since one weapon always is met with a countermeasure, this law will only construct more powerful anonymization tools, which will make this struggle harder.

However, the level of debate is sadly primitive. The loudest voices are heard from the people who thinks everything should be free all the time. I don’t really understand their arguments. Because creators – and I include the people working around the actual songwriter, actor or poet – need income to be able to create. The people who want to share files rarely have any serious ideas on how to solve this.

An intelligent argument is that the music business is not losing money just because there is a plunge in CD-sales. Musicians and music business people has started to transform the business to a more gig-driven business. But there is a backside to this. The price of tickets has raised massively the last couple of years. I pay double price on concert tickets today compared to a few years ago. This is not a healthy development, and with fairer sales on mechanical/digital music media, the concerts will be available for more people. Merchandize is another area where money can be made. But for many artists, its just cheap to sell t-shirts instead of their art.

People who want the law:
http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/artikel_2036521.svd
http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/artikel_2031775.svd

People who don’t want it:

A good summarize of the arguments:

http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1058&a=851463

I just read this article about professor Bo Rothstein who compared the blogosphere to sewer, where racial and sexistic insults are plenty. http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/artikel_2061129.svd

This seems sad to me. The politician Fredrik Federley tells in an article that he erased 1800 emails the other day. As a campaign method, this seems just stupid and not serious at all. A few sites offers mass-mailing opportunities, where a pre-written text is sent to politicians involved in the subject. Doesn’t the people against this law have their own opinions and the intellectual means to write personal letters? Who thinks that quantity wins over quality when it comes to arguments? The side who says the same thing most times wins? Here is an article:

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/ipred/article3784782.ab

Internets simple contact possibilities, discussion forums and blogs are said to improve democracy. But when the tools are used to mail bomb politicians so they cant respond to serious letters, it is not at all improving democracy. Quite the opposite. When the discussions time after time degenerates to fighting without arguments, it is not democracy. Every single blogger and participant in discussion forums has a responsibility to be constructive when addressing others. It doesn’t help society to do it like this. And it doesn’t help the musicians, film makers, writers or artists who try to find ways to create and get food on the table.

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