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“People in power are selling themselves to the highest bidder and completely disregarding public opinion of their own citizens for policies that are supposed to ‘protect the average citizen’ where in reality, all they do is instill levels of control and punish the average person for something that is not even a crime in their home country,”

~anonymous netizens behind Political Prostitution

Is the publishing industry smarter than the music industry?

I asked that question a while back in regards to publishers’ persistent use of DRM, which even the music industry has largely abandoned.  I find myself asking similar questions now.  The music and film makers bullied their way into the law, into courtrooms, even into our homes and our private communications.  Are we in the literary world smarter than that?  Or will this soon be us:

This video is chilling. And Hollywood and their music buddies will never understand why.

It is chilling because it is a a very good parody.  Look at the number of dislikes this video has on YouTube.  You think those are all the YouTubers who hate sharing and want Hollywood to put more pressure on politicians to end it?  Yeah, probably not.   If the makers of the old anti-piracy ads saw this now, they’d likely congratulate the anonymous band of netizens who made it on a job well done.  After all, the old anti-piracy ads were a deliberate show of force to frighten people into not sharing.

And what a show it has been!

As the above video depicts, Hollywood has put all it’s force behind politicians to enforce the old business model and deal swiftly and severity with those who dare to share.

Are we next?

In its use of DRM and John Doe torrent lawsuits, some elements of the literary world have shown that they are eager to follow in their predecessors’ agressive footsteps.  Will the Congressmen and the SWAT team and the police on every continent be on our payroll next?  Will we be next to shackle the college students, the entrepreneurs, the innovators, the readers, the librarians?

The fact that a video of political corruption can be so similar to serious entertainment industry campaigns should hold the answer.

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