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  • Silver 19:14 on December 8, 2011 Permalink |
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    We will change the way you do business! 

    Recently a law was passed in Switzerland, which states that downloading illegal multimedia such as music, movies and games will be legal. Although the decision provided good grounds for illegal downloaders, also referred to as “pirates”, it still leaves many questions to be answered. Both sides of the contract – the casual “pirates” and large entertainment companies present various ideas about why the law is or isn’t practical and ethical. Some of the arguments are discussed and analyzed as follows.

    When the Swiss government passed the law that allows for illegal file sharing, large media companies were outraged. Why should a government support illegal activities? The companies that make money off of selling their products are tricked into believing that the law can be justified.

    Firstly, the government claims that according to various research it can be seen that people acquiring illegal copies do not actually save money off the act, on the contrary. It was found that “pirates” spend as much or even more money on other media entertainment, founding the companies through other resources. The claim suggests that even If an industry loses money due to legalized “illegal activities” they have the chance to compensate for the loss by turning to other methods. In general, the idea of such a mandatory last resort is an outrage because it is just not ethical to block a company’s income.

    Secondly, the government explained that it would be impossible to imply the 3 strike rule (3 registered offences concerning illegal file sharing will result in the loss of internet connection) as the United Nations has declared internet access as a human right. In my opinion, the fact that internet may not be prohibited should lead to other methods of punishment such as fines and reparations that one has to pay when 3 offences have been made. This would eliminate the unethical issue concerning company money loss and still motivate people to buy multimedia in a legal fashion.

    Lastly, the legalization of piracy could on the other hand prove to be beneficial. This, in the sense that film and video game industries would have to create even better and better content to appeal to larger crowds. This includes adding thrilling multiplayer content or optional extra content to people who have bought the game. This would lead to a more immersive multimedia experience and enhance the sector as a whole.

    Overall, even if it can merely be justified why the passing of the law was a correct deed, the general gesture of an arrogant middle finger to the industries remains. It is just unethical not to take into consideration the work and labor of companies, mainly because the expectations of getting paid through the created product hang about. The question whether it was necessary to legalize “stealing” does nothing but raise chaos and misbelief towards the government and its ability to reasonably pass laws. All aside, the “pirates” of Switzerland can rest because as of now, the work of multimedia producers, according to some, needs no appreciation.

  • Erik-Silver Toomere 11:51 on December 8, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: awesome, essaythursday piracy copyright, , internet, internetmachtfrei, swiss   

    Please discuss the reasons and possible outcomes of the Swiss decision 

    I believe their decision is a very brilliant one. Piracy is not a game-killer, it is a game-changer. Piracy has become a way to evaluate products before a decision is made whether the product is even worth the money. For example, with video games if a person downloads a game they only have access to single player. If they begin liking the game they have the option to purchase it for keeps. However if the game is shit, they can uninstall it and forget about it. Same applies for movies. If a person likes the movie, they will either go to the cinema to watch it or buy the DVD or both! No money lost, more gained.

    The only reason why The Man tries to turn piracy illegal is fear of losing money when they make a shitty fifth sequel to a shitty movie that failed to bring in money anyway. Like the article says: adapt or die. And it’s time to die. All the actions that we have witnessed take place are the last breaths of a dying monster that tries to lash out before going down forever never to rise again. Good riddance.

    Another positive side, like the article mentioned, is that start-ups and indie products get more coverage. A very fine example is Minecraft, the creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson (Notch) who said that he does not care when his game is downloaded since there is no way to stop it, he is just glad that people care enough to download it, sure as an indie game it would be nice to get money for it – oh wait, he totally does.

    A possible outcome? To put it short: the future. What I mean is a completely open society, a kind that Zeitgeist predicts. A sort of mix between Communism and Nationalsocialism leaving out the evil factor: money. This also means that software and hardware wise all the sharing is made free at speeds that come close to that of South-Korean Starcraft tournament.

    Of course the main evil here that can mess things up is the glorious country of United States. Not only have they legalised different policies that seem very that of Nazi Germany-esque. It seems like the greatest enemy in the US are the citizens. And now they are in a sense blocking off Internet-access. Very North Korea of you, you big bully. Again, like the article mentioned, UN says the Internet is a human right, probably there is an asterisk somewhere that says, in font 1, “excluding United States”, that is how it seems like now.

    Anyway in conclusion, my hopes are that all the countries will soon experience the freedom that can now be found in Switzerland. Then we are one step closer to world peace. Seriously.

    • Paavo Viilup 12:23 on December 8, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Write a proper introductory sentence/paragraph, at the moment you start from the middle.

      • Erik-Silver Toomere 12:19 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sorry, escaped from loud music, did not check blog

    • Joel L 13:00 on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “If a person likes the movie, they will either go to the cinema to watch it or buy the DVD or both!”

      Do that often?

      The first half is somewhat reasonable, and then you flip and start on a MONEY IS EVIL rant. You might not like US policies, but how is this related to anything?

      You state that if “software and hardware wise all the sharing is made free”, a glorious future will follow. How? How will things be made without money?

      • Erik-Silver Toomere 12:22 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Cinema: yes, DVD: once or twice in a decade;
        Money is evil, US policies have a diabolic way of spreading into other countries;
        Simple answer: machines, hook everything up to machines are work becomes a hobby;

    • Paavo Viilup 08:56 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How is the idea of utopia of any help when it comes to currently relevant issues. “I read a book about a wonderful new world” is not the same as “this is what should be done right now”.

      • Erik-Silver Toomere 12:24 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Because right now, or rather a year ago, to quote THE Anonymous: “People are afraid of their government, governments should be afraid of their people” and thankfully this is happening right now. A great change is coming and you better believe it.

        • Joel L 09:48 on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Your task was to write about legalizing piracy, and you creep into a rant about money being evil.

          If you think the US is so corruptive, don’t just whine about it, but stop using Facebook, Twitter and other US-made services.

          You watch hollywood-made movies, and then flame about them being evil.

          You seem to to be very passionate about your ideas, but are in reality too lazy and comfortable to actually change even your own lifestyle. Rather hypocritical.

  • Paavo Viilup 08:21 on December 8, 2011 Permalink |
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    December 08 

    Today’s task: final (Christmas) essay!

    Recently, the Swiss governent “legalised” downloading music, films and other copyrighted material (see http://torrentfreak.com/swiss-govt-downloading-movies-and-music-will-stay-legal-111202/). Please discuss the reasons and possible outcomes of this decision in the form of an essay (approx. 500-600 words).

    The due time is 4 PM today (December 08).

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