Blu-ray, one of two much-hyped high-definition DVD formats, debuts next week, but the launch is expected to be muted amid device delays and consumer confusion, industry analysts said on Thursday.
The article seems to put the blame on Sony’s delayed release of their ‘format,’ the ‘early adopter’ pricing, as well as competing HD DVD format, etc. as the reason for the slowdown on adoption.
That may be true of those without any technical knowledge, but I would suggest that it may be something else.
Maybe it’s because of the technology being foisted upon purchasers? Maybe it’s DRM (hardware and software enforced), maybe it’s all the DRM Trainwrecks? Maybe it’s the MPAA’s attacks on fair use of what people buy?
And I got a great kick out of The Inquirer article about the Grateful Dead and the MPAA entitled: “MPAA says Grateful Dead are against the laws of nature” where Dan Glickman is quoted as saying, it was “ridiculous to believe that you can give product away for free and be more successful. I mean it defies the laws of nature.”
Really? Why did having fair use over the last 60 years actually give musicians free advertising by ‘word of mouth’ so to speak and actually provide the ‘hey day’ they had previously enjoyed? Do they really think it was all the millions they spent on advertising alone?
Rather interesting to see the following at BBC Newsnight:
John Perry Barlow used to be the lyricist in the US supergroup ‘The Grateful Dead.’ He went on to co-found the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the pressure group that’s placed itself front and centre in the fight to keep the tanks of government and corporation off the lawns of cyberspace.
Congressman Dan Glickman became US Secretary for Agriculture under Bill Clinton. Nowadays he’s the President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, the body that wields the collective political and legal muscle of the Hollywood studios.
Here’s an edited highlight of what they have to say about one another:
Well worth a read, check out the full article at BBC newsnight entitled: Hollywood and the hackers – Motion Picture Association President Dan Glickman locks horns with Electronic Frontier Foundation’s John Perry Barlow over big media’s war with the internet.
The only problem I have with the article is that it makes the same mistake so many in news publishing make. The term Hacker does NOT translate to Pirate, Criminal, or any other negative. Hackers by nature are tinkerers, builders, they are people who discover, uncover, innovate … there would be no present day science, Internet, developers of hardware, OS or software, if it were not for the Hackers of the world. There may be hackers that do those bad things (as there are in any other type of career or hobby), but that is NOT the definition of a Hacker. Never has been, never will be … no matter how much the US Government, Corporations or the Mass Media wants to portray it that way.
Even so, you gotta love John Perry Barlow’s closing:
I’ve got good news and bad news and good news. And the good news is that you guys have managed to buy every major legislative body on the planet, and the courts are even with you. So you’ve done a great job there and you should congratulate yourself.
But you know the problem is – the bad news is that you’re up against a dedicated foe that is younger and smarter that you are and will be alive when you’re dead. You’re 55 years old and these kids are 17 and they’re just smarter than you. So you’re gonna lose that one.
But the good news is that you guys are mean sons of bitches and you’ve been figuring out ways of ripping off audiences and artists for centuries…..