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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Culture is widely spread by the new mean: the Internet

"I'm a guy who doesn't see anything good having come from the Internet...(The Internet) created this notion that anyone can have whatever they want at any given time. It's as if the stores on Madison Avenue were open 24 hours a day. They feel entitled. They say, 'Give it to me now,' and if you don't give it to them for free, they'll steal it."

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton

I wouldn’t really agree with him.
But I must say that he couldn’t say much more, unless he opened a little bit his mind...
One thing is for sure, the Internet is a precious tool to open the users mind, especially regarding monopolies, arrogance, abuse, tyranny.
We will be there some day in the future, also in the real world and that will be thanks to the Internet.

The Internet is the mirror of the world where we live, but a mirror that reflects the world in a more democratic way.
Because the access to it is not on the base of what you have, on the money you spend, but on the importance you can achieve.
Your website has at least the chance to be seen by millions, chance that you wouldn’t certainly have on a newspaper or anywhere else in the real world...

I do not say that stealing content is legal, but I cannot say that having monopoly of the content is legal too.
And what if not a monopoly, producing what you want, selling at the price you want?

I guess the best solution would be, if we had real democratic governments, that the States would pay the copyright.
They should pay in base of the real cost and not the inflated price, created by producers.
Why?
Because culture is the most important tool to create tomorrow’s society.
And culture is widely spread by the new mean: the Internet.
I, of course, am talking about real cultural products.

All the rest should cost as much as the producer wants.
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