I’d like to quote the whole of this opinion that appeared at TelstraClear, but that wouldn’t be on. It’s so utterly sensible though, that I think you should go and read the whole thing — OPINION: What’s wrong with copyright :
Very soon, many Kiwis will have a new niggling worry when they think about their Internet when the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 comes into effect. …
The problem is that much of what Kiwis want simply isn’t available to buy here. …
New Zealand’s distance from the source of much content has been conquered by online access, but simply making it available online while retaining old price structures and wait times doesn’t work. …
As stated, TelstraClear respects copyright, but we respect the ever-changing needs of our customers too. At present, they are being denied the freedom to choose by companies intent on propping-up old world business models.
Rather than investing in innovative ways to legally provide people with the content they want, whether music or movies, pictures or programmes, these companies choose to pressure governments into legislating. …
Chief Executive, TelstraClear
Freeth offers several possible alternative business models for consideration, all of which would provide income for the content providers. Why won’t they consider these models?
These are worrying times
This is a worrying time in our history. We have primarily foreign content providers who pressure our weak government into making a law that’s not only unfair but goes against our basic legal principles.
In this country it used to be that we were innocent until proven guilty. This new law reverses that: we’re guilty on accusation unless we can prove our innocence. And why? Not for toppling a government or murdering someone, but because we may watch a movie without paying for it.
There are many other things in a similar vein that worry me too, but I’m saving them for a later blog post.
Meanwhile: congratulations to Allan Freeth for a clear and cogent statement of opinion on this.
What positive things can we do?
One thing that concerns me about all the protestations at this iniquitous law is that all the response seems reactive and negative. We’re protesting against the actions. That’s a weak response. It sets up the content providers as the ‘norm’ and puts us in a position of weakness.
I think we need to take positive action too: we could and should start pressuring all parties to provide the content via legal channels. We should be applying pressure to get TV shows on iTunes, to get Netflix and Hulu type services, for the BBC iPlayer to be available to us here.
We need to show that we’re a market who will buy from legitimate sources and tell those sources we wish to buy.
After all, it’s money that speaks.