What is the Biggest Threat to Innovation?
I have said this before, copyright was intended to foster creativity, unfortunately copyright law has turned into a lychanthropist, holding hostage and sucking the creative life out of intellectual property. It seems a bit far reaching that programmers can actually be told they do not have rights to use what they thought about because they thought about it when they were employed elsewhere. It has long been my opinion that the RIAA and MPAA have led the charge to take hostage intellectual property and stifle progress. A short post at Slashdot had me heading over to Harvard Business Review. It seems that I am not alone in this opinion.
According the the article, “big content players” right here in America are a threat to innovation. It specifically mentions to the movie and music industry. It is a good editorial about how, as the author points out, even since the advent of the VCR, technology is killing the industry… About the current strategy of protecting the entrenched industry by legislation and litigation. You know, the same old story.
I have pointed out in the past that it goes back even further. At one point and time, a newspaper-looking-flyer was included with albums sold. It warned and cautioned about the 8-track killing the music industry. I have heard but can’t document, that the sheet music industry tried to sue the player piano industry and that American Telegraph would not service hotels if they installed phones. In other words, this type of business strategy is not very new. Furthermore, historically it eventually has always failed as a viable business plan. When is the last time you sent a telegraph?
- RIAA/MPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation (entertainment.slashdot.org)
- Grooveshark Pens an Angry Open Letter to the Music Industry (cc’s Google, Apple) (readwriteweb.com)
- Marty Kaplan: Moses, Media Piracy and the MPAA (huffingtonpost.com)
- Grooveshark Stands Up For Its Service – Makes Android App Available Online And Sends Out Open Letter To The Music Industry (androidpolice.com)