Rick Falkvinge, Gründer der schwedischen Piratenpartei, hat auf Torrentfreak ein nettes Posting über die Kulturverwertungsindustrie und die Historie ihrer Beziehung zum technischen Fortschritt aufgeschrieben.
It is said that those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. In the case of the copyright industry, they have learned that they can get new monopoly benefits and rent-seeker’s benefits every time there is a new technology, if they just complain loudly enough to the legislators.
The past 100 years have seen a vast array of technical advances in broadcasting, multiplication and transmissions of culture, but equally much misguided legislators who sought to preserve the old at expense of the new, just because the old was complaining. First, let’s take a look at what the copyright industry tried to ban and outlaw, or at least receive taxpayer money in compensation for its existence: