An Anonymous Coward writes:
The United Kingdom is holding a consultation as to when a provision of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 should take effect. Copyright in works of artistic craftsmanship—utilitarian objects (even if mass-produced) which are deemed artistic—shall be extended. Currently, the copyright lasts for 25 years after an item is first offered for sale; the new term will be for the life of the creator, then another 70 years. This means that some works which are now in the public domain will become copyrighted. Publishers of derivative works of such items, for example a book or film in which a work of artistic craftsmanship was photographed, will be obliged to obtain permissions, except for uses which fall under fair dealing.
The provisions may come into effect as soon as 2016, or as late as five years hence, depending on the outcome of the consultation.
Citizens do stand up against them. It's just that our opinions don't matter.
Or, perhaps, that our opinion (mine too!) actually is in the minority?
... I'm just playing devil's advocate here :-) I actually am interested in your answer.
The internet has made this possibly the easiest ever bit of civil disobedience
The problem with that, is that we've pushed them to the final stages of the war. They're not giving up the money, and control. We're not giving up our money, control, or privacy either. Common sense cannot prevail period here when you're dealing with low pieces of shit that have no respect for basic human rights.
Since they have no control over the Internet as they did with their old limited distribution channels, and the Internet allows us to take control back from them, then it logically follows that they must control the Internet. Exactly what is happening, and they're attacking anonymity and privacy (and encryption), as it most effectively allows such civil disobedience. You've assumed (possibly) that they will just stop in the face of such resistant behavior. Possibly, even intelligently, they might respond with reform and new business models. Unfortunately, they've demonstrated that in their greed, they're more than willing to destroy basic human rights to maintain control and prop up old industries.
Civil disobedience is very quickly extending in areas that should've never had it at all. Like the basic human right of private communications, and the right to peaceably enjoy one's property. Both of these things act as accomplices to our "crimes", and must be removed if they're going to control anything. Whole purpose of the DMCA was to legitimize the idea of a corporate watchdog in all products to combat our civil disobedience. Our privacy isn't good for business, and reactive laws are simply too slow and costly. We must be watched at all times through our devices in order to protect an ever increasing IP platform.
Pandora's box was opened, they can't control the consequences, so the solution is to destroy us all by letting all of our freedoms die. All to support an idea of how to foster creativity and innovation. Instead of recognizing that one simple fact, they're pushing to legitimize the truly horrid idea of actual ownership of expression and ideas.
Egyptian pharaohs were thought to be Gods simply because they lived and survived past so many generations of slaves. I forsee a future where a child one day may think it's correct that he can own an idea for hundreds of years, creating his own family dynasty. Why not? Disney own whole planets, and that started from a fucking drawing of a mouse. Not that it matters. The chance of that boy coming up with anything original to escape his 3rd class citizenship, and to change his social status, is nearly impossible in the face of huge lawfirms using AI technology to threaten him at every point of his creation with the solemn information of how truly owned his butt is. Easier to work for a large collection of IP that can already protect itself, or in other words, his nearest Wallmart or Google corporate overlords.
Civil disobedience is fine and all, but it doesn't foster positive change anymore. In order to do that, we need to fight them where it matters. IP laws themselves need to be rolled back and changed, and the UK should be utterly ashamed of themselves.
Egyptian pharaohs were thought to be Gods simply because they lived and survived past so many generations of slaves.
new term will be for the life of the creator, then another 70 years.
Imagine if the life extension stuff succeeds...
I wonder what the penalty would be for illegally copying it and how much the rich will pay for it and how they will afford to pay for it ;).