Rant mode: on.
I just read that somebody again has been condemned to 3 months jail for sharing 15 songs. This makes me sick. The finance industry in co-operation with governments burned trillions of dollars, trillions !!! And not just money from one industry sector … no … from entire nations ! Everybody, due the bailouts activities, is involved. And did they all go into jail? Surely not. They even got plenty of additional cheap money and made even more fortune. So who is criminal? Who doesn't stop throwing false data to the public in order to justify actions or new laws?
So where are our highly celebrated values? Western societies are shifting them to all the time to match their likes.
Imagine you want to open your mouth, create some sounds that encodes information that you want to be picked up by another ear for that your thought ends up in being copied into another mind. Quickly, your eyes scan the face of the other person in order to anticipate the response. Now imagine each time you do this, your credit card gets charged for technology and "IP" license fees! Or:
"I'm sorry, you can't say 'hello' to the other person. You have a license of the concept 'greetings' but the other person has not not and the license is not transferable!" D'oh !
Communication needs to copy information and communication is the base of all. Imagine a water molecule that connects to a license server in order to prove it has a valid license to swing to the incoming wave!
I totally understand that creative people need to earn money – I really do! And therefore we need a good – BUT NEW – solution!
The old concepts are biased. The globalization is ok for finance, production and tax-optimization, but sharing your music CD with your neighbor (who might be on the other side of the world) is suddenly not! Yes, the Internet connects us to plenty people around the world – this is very different than before and a different aspect of "Globalization"! How did they say? "You can't stop it – it's just like it is." Hah! But then they declare all kind of stuff illegal – where is the difference in "their" globalization and the information and community globalization?! Where?!
I just recently saw an interesting speech. Don't remember who that was – maybe from the "Joel On software" guy. 10 years ago, most companies tend to hide their knowledge, hoping to profit even more from it. Nowadays people share their knowledge and help each other. What a productivity boost!! Your code-compiler spits around an error, that you haven't ever seen before? Google it and often you find the solution within minutes, instead of doing research for hours! And it's not just for coders, people help each other in the forums on all kind of topics! That's a real added-value on a society level!
So while it's totally fine to exclude 'toxic' financial papers from bank's balance, it's totally illegal to share digital (copyrighted) content with others. It is said, that the estimated damage due file-sharing is in the millions – maybe even a few billion. In contrast is the real, verified damage of the legalized, irresponsible gambling on the finance-market which is in the trillions!!!!!!!!!!
I once talked to a hotel manager. Hen told me that with 15 minutes each day in front of the computer and the internet, he is able to save 2 full-time employees which he needed before. Every heard of somebody talking to you how his productivity has been boosted by "new innovative financial products"? Or did innovative information-technology had an intense impact on your life?