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November 3, 2009
It's People Like You What Cause Unrest
The shocking part about this whole thing is that now, ten years or more into the Copyright Wars, we still have such stupid people in positions of control. Take this week's example, Alan Wurtzel. This specimen of executivius fossilus cartellae works for NBC as, apparently, some president of some research of something.
Whatever he's researching, it's certainly not television because Mr Wurtzel is shocked by the "completely counterintuitive" result that if you let people watch TV how and when they want.. surprise! they watch MORE of it. Give the consumer what he wants - clearly a new and revolutionary idea, and one that a whole network's research department was unable to come up with. Simply shocking!
Sorry, dear readers, but even making fun of these idiots has gotten old for me. I'll just post the links and you can go read and nod your head sagely because we - you, me, all the rest of the readers here - have known this forEVER. And I bet we don't draw Mr Wurtzel's salary, either.
New York Times piece explaining how the Cartel has discovered that yet another technology (in this case the PVR) is benefiting their business.
EFF Deep Links it, with insufficient sarcasm (if you ask me).
Obligatory back-link to two weeks ago when I pointed out the difference between the fossils (as nicely summarized by Nate Anderson) and the very with-it and hip Warren Ellis.
Yet Another Study Showing That People Who Download The Most (free stuff) Actually Buy The Most. This one is sure to be ignored as well, as the UK continues it's pell-mell course toward copyright extremism. Boingboing! has been doing a fabulous job tracking this particular idiotic trend as well as related efforts by the EU to define war as peace, hate as love, and make darkness the standard.
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