Stop Online Piracy

If Congress wants to stop online piracy, there's another way. Ban all content which is not creative commons or equivalently licensed material (e.g. GPL) from the internet. Any infraction should be treated as other security violations and made the responsibility of the copyright holder for not taking enough security measures to ensure that their content never reached the internet.

Won't that destroy online films?
Of course not, people will still want easy access to content from a trusted source (such as NetFlix) and where there's demand, supply will follow. The trusted brand is all important and people will still pay a reasonable subscription for it. The content producers will just have to adapt to a world where they can still make money from abundantly used creative commons licensed content.

Won't that destroy online journalism?
Of course not, people will still want easy access to content from a trusted and respected source which provides an analysis of what is happening. The trusted brand is all important and advertisers will still want to promote their messages. Certainly, people will copy it, so you'll need to build a loyal following and look at those copying sites as free marketing.

Won't that destroy the online music industry?
Of course not, people will still want to hear their favourite bands live, attend gigs, buy merchandise from the band site and they'd still pay (either through subscription or advertising) for a trusted service. Certainly others will copy it, so you'll need to build a loyal following, you'll need to focus on building that trust relationship and think of those copying sites as free marketing.

Won't that destroy the past models of media?
Well the media industry always cries wolf over piracy and change but certainly forcing them to keep copyrighted material secure will make it difficult for them to distribute. However, if they're not willing to adapt to a new world, then maybe legislation will be needed to force them.

Even if the content is freely available, I'd still pay to have easy access to it through a trusted site which I can use (and hence know my personal information is secure). I'll still want to attend gigs, attend lectures, buy merchandise (even books) from a trusted source, watch videos that include product endorsements etc. I'd still have a loyal relationship with companies I trust.

Yes, it will be a different world but the traditional Media companies are going to have to adapt to a world where you make money from abundance not scarcity. What did you honestly think that digitisation and the internet was going to do - increase your profits by reducing your distribution costs?

Obviously I believe in a more balanced approach but if the traditional Media industries are going to try and use legislation to avoid change, then someone needs to start thinking about how to use legislation to force them to adapt. Otherwise we will be constantly in a defensive, rear guard action against acts like SOPA / PIPA etc

The best form of defense is a good offense

I also strongly recommend reading +Clay Johnson work (see link below).
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