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Join Date Nov 2006
Location New York
Re: The ‘Free Internet’ Will Not Set You Free
"The same technology that websites like Google and Facebook use to sell your data-mined personal information over and over again could be used to figure payments to you for anything you created that draws eyeballs for them to sell to advertisers."
That's why all of their whining is B.S. Tracking every play on the internet is child's play. They are just agents who really deserve no more than 10% of their income. The federal government financed all of their technology and the internet it runs on.
These Internet theorists also invariably fail to distinguish between the profound moral difference between sharing something with a friend and distributing, without permission, other people’s files for profit. It’s a crucial distinction.
I would take the words "for profit" out of it, because copyright makes no such distinction, for good reason, and there are a lot of people who feel that if they publish other people's material without permission and don't take any money for it, it's alright.
I think that needs to be pointed out as much as the point that companies are making a profit from stolen IP.
At first, I thought this thread was about this new book:
The Internet is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen
Keen (who was once so sure the internet was the answer that he sank all he had into a startup) is now a thoughtful and erudite contrarian who believes the internet is actually doing untold damage. The net, he argues, was meant to be “power to the people, a platform for equality”: an open, decentralised, democratising technology that liberates as it empowers as it informs.Instead, it has handed extraordinary power and wealth to a tiny handful of people, while simultaneously, for the rest of us, compounding and often aggravating existing inequalities – cultural, social and economic – whenever and wherever it has found them.