You probably didn’t hear about this, but James Murdoch was asked to address University College in London on the anniversary of the first copyright law 300 years ago. James is the son of Rupert Murdoch, who is chairman & CEO of News Corporation. Like father like son, James has an even more twisted & distorted view of copyright as his dad, Rupert, who is implementing a paywall around many of his news publications (see “Rupert Murdoch’s Pathetic Paywall“) .
Mike Masnick @ Techdirt does an OUTSTANDING job of refuting nearly every statement concerning copyright made by James Murdoch in his post “James Murdoch Lectures On Copyright, But Still Seems Confused.” James Murdoch is merely repeating the same story line that the content industry has been preaching for many, many moons (eons, maybe?). I imagine they (including the RIAA & MPAA) must think that if they keep repeating — over and over — the same falsehoods concerning copyright & piracy, that people will eventually believe it and take it as fact. I’d like to think (or at least hope) that most intelligent people would see it for the trash that it is. Of course, it appears our Congress, Senate & Courts (along with the entire administration) have fallen for it “hook, line & sinker.” Oh… my mistake… I stated “most intelligent people”…. that certainly rules out these folks, eh? (My bad)
Anywho’s… enjoy the read! It’s a long post, but well worth the time. It’s not only educational AND entertaining, it’s also a hoot! BRAVO, MR. MASNICK!