Angela Natividad's Live & Uncensored!

16 March 2007

RIAA: Still Suing Kids? Get Over It Already

I'm loath to elaborate on the goings-on of the diversity conference for a second time, considering I covered the main points on Adrants the next day. But there is something I didn't mention simply because there was no graceful way to include it without making the write-up sound awkward and unfocused.

During his keynote Larry brought up the Youtube copyright situation and flabbergastedly cried, "Everybody's still trying to own stuff. Owning stuff is over." (Not quoted to scale.)

To explain, he noted that information is digital, totally fluid. What can you do in the face of a flood, raise a hand and say stop? Fluid has an amazing capacity to get around you and even through you if necessary.

Tough luck for those whose professions revolved around licensing content and distribution rights. But hey, it forces us to find different ways to make money and improve upon the landscape of communication altogether. I don't have a problem with that. Growth is tough but not without its rewards. (One such reward: evading death - or worse, complete obsolescence - a wee while longer.)

All right. It's nearing 2 AM. Sleep: FTW.

1 comment:

Brent said...

Damn, this really is gray area for me, and more contextually specific. While the creative minds who did come up with and create the works, by right deserve praise and of course the monetary gain with being creative; my problem is with the large corporation(s) who (I was amazed to discovery that corporation is a ‘who,’ as recognized by are government) want to own everything; Even the words we speak and how they’re said. Sadly, people who have nothing to do with such creative and artistic properties gain the most, at the expense of not only the artist(s) and of course consumer.

Side comment, I know that to get any real attention to your work you have to have one of those 'old corporation guys' to support you. It really is a self-serving system.