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May 26, 2005

Blankenhorn to Hollywood: Stop the Madness!

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Posted by Ernest Miller

Brother Dana Blankenhorn throws down the gauntlet in the copyfight; you're either for us or against us (The Way of Hollywood is Madness).

Let's be clear. Al Qaeda and the forces supporting them are Luddites. They aim to take their part of the world back to the Middle Ages. And they aim to take us down to the Middle Ages with them.

The Internet is the greatest weapon we have against tyranny in all its forms, especially this form. Any move against it is a move on behalf of the enemy.

So where do we go from here? I believe that if we don't move toward compromise on copyright we're pulling our own virtual Twin Towers down over our own heads, just to keep the enemy from doing it first.

Strong words.

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1. It is also an ecology issue on May 27, 2005 8:20 AM writes...

"The Internet is the greatest weapon we have against tyranny in all its forms.."

What a great statement!

A New York Time story of today (5-27-05)has this headline: "With Popcorn, DVD's and TiVo, Moviegoers Are Staying Home". Add high definition large television sets, the dvd recorders and programs, the internet and a few other things and there you can see the end for the current business model of the movie business.

The solution: Instead of making many thousands (worldwide) of mostly bad movies of which the average person see just a few, make less movies of higher quality. If necessary make the movies with public money and then make them available for free or at low costs. If that measn that the movie industry as we know it dissapears, let that be so.

Society has no need or obligation to support obsolete industries to (allegedly) protect jobs. Otherwise the horse carriage industry would still be and autmobiles and paved roads would be prohibited.

Sure, it is a copyright issue but is also, more importantly, an ecology issue. As society becomes less productive so as to protect obsolete industries, more energy is wasted.

The internet reduces the use of energy and meterial consumption substantially. It can brings education and entertaiment to the home almost cost free and with little ecology damage!

Let's modernize, be more productive and ecology sensitive!

As a significant owner of copyrights one would think that I would be a copyright fanatic. But my thinking is this: What we leave the world, our children is far more imore important than instant gratification money may bring. Caring about the ecology and the welfare of society brings far more satisfaction. Let us not be greedy first.

Now, let's convince the copyright moguls that when they go to church or the synagogue or the mosque, or meditate at home, think of what I just said and act accordingly.

Maybe then they will repent and not burn in hell.

Rafael Venegas
http://www.gvenegas.com

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