And Just Like That RIAA and MPAA Strike Again

So after the RSC publishes a fantastic report on copyright reform, not even a day goes by before the Hollywood moguls strike fear and terror into the hearts and campaign contribution buckets of the RSC members to take down the report. Being the strong willed, leaders that they are…they quickly complied.

Copyright reform in its current form is not just absurd, but it is restricting innovation and progress, something that the likes of the MPAA and RIAA want to keep as current status. In the end, any and all entities that suppress  freedom and free speech eventually fall. Whether it be kings, governments or business entities that believe people are their products and subjects, eventually they all collapse under the immense pressure or get outflanked due to their narrow thinking. Hollywood should be thinking about how to win over customers with a valued product and service, something equitable to all. If not, they’ll eventually find themselves on the loosing end with a shrinking business due to an outdated business model. Rread the full policy brief here

So, late Friday, we reported on how the Republican Study Committee (the conservative caucus of House Republicans) had put out a surprisingly awesome report about copyright reform. You can read that post to see the details. The report had been fully vetted and reviewed by the RSC before it was released. However, as soon as it was published, the MPAA and RIAA apparently went ballistic and hit the phones hard, demanding that the RSC take down the report. They succeeded. Even though the report had been fully vetted and approved by the RSC, executive director Paul S. Teller has now retracted it, sending out the following email to a wide list of folks this afternoon:

What would make Apple Media perfect?

itunesSo I’m starting to warm up to the iTunes distribution model. I know, I’m late. Lately, I’ve been seeing some really good music at the iTunes Music Store, beyond the typical commercial stuff. You know those “artists”, recycled, here today, gone tomorrow corporate stars. I’ve seen the latest from Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller. And buying music from the iPhone can be addictive, mainly because of the novelty and simplicity of it. And buying individual tracks for 99 cents just makes sense. Purchase what you want.

So here’s my first gripe that I would love to see addressed. Being able to download music in open lossless formats, mainly FLAC, so I can put on my fileserver and play on my Squeezebox. I’m sorry, but the apple format does not do my B&W’s justice. Also, remove the DRM please, it’s annoying.

Now, onto the AppleTV. I haven’t gotten one yet and don’t think I will until they change their model. First, I don’t buy movies, well, I’ve purchased a couple. But for the vast majority of movies out there, it’s not worth purchasing for something you may watch once or twice a year, then maybe never again. Also, renting per movie is so 90’s. That model is out the window. That’s why I have Netflix, I pay a flat monthly price and can have three movies at a time. so my cost is predictable. But the use of the post office is getting stale. I bought the Roku box and I have to say, it’s a good start no HD, but online streaming is where it’s at. When Apple supports 1080p on the AppleTV and has a subscription service for movies, say having three movies cached at a time, I’m in, big time. Would probably drop Netflix, unless Netflix gets their catalog updated on instant watching and does HD.