Copyright Theft: In reality some content producers have never had it so good!
Now at first glance it probably looks like a strange comment, but having been reading a number of very reliable reports about Music Industry and Movie/TV producers ongoing war against what they consider to be copyright theft across europe, a number of issues seem to rear their ugly heads (and not just lawyers).
Having spent years persuing the out and out bad guys of the online pirated content industry it seems the nasty little b**stads that are also known as FACT, MPA and lawyers in general have now started on small non profit services started to provide free services to Deaf people and Foreign language viewers. Services that were usually free and derived no income at all either from advertising revenues or by way of charging for their service. One classic example was from Sweden where a group of viewers provided transcripts for TV programmes so Deaf and other language viewers could follow what was going on in the program have been shut down accused of Copyright Theft!
I personally would suggest two things
1. If lazy lowlife producers made their content friendly to the deaf, and other language viewers in the first place then there would be no need for non profit services to do it.
2. In a modern digital world from which music/movie and TV industries all profit massively, surely there is a burden of responsibility on producers and broadcasters to ensure any and all reasonable steps i.e encryption etc have been taken to minimise and impeade the chances of material being reproduced if they don’t wish it to be so?
On a BBC comments board on one of these articles a link to this short video about the true cost or not of copyright theft has been posted… this bloke really is a genius in my humble opinion. Watch it and judge for yourself.