By J. DeVoy
In the past few weeks, the MPAA and RIAA have been humbled by the defeat of SOPA and PIPA in Congress. Eric Goldman has posted a letter that Paramount has apparently sent to various academics, seeking to open a dialogue about piracy and exchange ideas about how to address it. The letter seeks to include students in the discussion as well.
The copyright abolitionist community’s plaintive cry is always that the big bad evil content creators need to change their business models. Nobody denies that this is true, and the MPAA has a better track record on innovation than the RIAA (and I contend that the porn industry has the best record on that issue, but that’s neither here nor there). I look forward to seeing whether any academics and students take Paramount up on its offer. Some have had good ideas in the past, such as Voluntary Collective Licensing (though there would have to be some adjustments before taking it to market).
Arriving at solutions that are cost-effective, viable and efficacious is difficult. Criticism, however, is easy.