Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Green Guide now warns about filtering and multimedia giants

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-01-08

Today’s "Green Guide" (2009-01-08) in The Age has an article (not available online) that goes further than my "Net censorship tools suit multimedia giants" (2009-01-03), taking my warnings the next step and suggesting links between Conroy’s censorship plans to under-the-counter payments to politicians (and/or parties) by the multimedia giants.

"On copyright and contempt" by Charles Wright (p22 of the "Green Guide" – a TV and computing supplement) is more forthright than I was, but US constitutional and IP guru lawyer Lawrence Lessig provides an excellent overview of the corruptive nature of political donations here in a speech at a Web 2.0 conference.

Lessig’s multimedia presentation is excellent, and while individual politicians in Oz are less vulnerable to money in the pocket that their US counterparts, the party machines aren’t (as brilliantly portrayed in ABC TV’s "The Hollowmen", which I purchased on DVD.

(Even if you are confident about the incorruptibility of Oz politicians, it’s still an excellent guide to an important aspect of international affairs, including agreements between governments that big bu$ine$$ is very interested in).

Here’s a snippet from me, then a snippet from Wright:

… having the tools for content filtering in place will certainly make the multimedia industry giants happy… they’ll be able to piggyback on those tools to track down pirates of all sizes from individuals to organized crime.

Given the chatter about having secret blacklists of sites and content … , there is no reason I can see why the multimedia industry couldn’t lobby for inspection of packets to detect possibly unlawful transfers of copyrighted information.

– Yours truly

Given all the government rhetoric about the principle of user pays, it seems an outrage the significant amounts of public funds should be directed to supporting the interests of wealthy corporations … (without giving) Australian consumers the same access to content as US customers…

Our government negotiators should insist that the copyright holders give as well as gain, rather than declaring duck hunting season on citizens.  Senator Conroy and the DFAT negotiators should look closely at their New Year’s resolutions

Charles Wright

The "user-pays" bit, and the implied misuse of public funds, (and of course the censorship) is what gets to me… I’ve never downloaded copyright material, whether software, music, or film.  Not once in around two decades of network access.

Anyway… go read my arguments in other censorship related posts.

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While you’re at it, I would like people in Oz to read this unrelated satire from a couple of days ago which I think has got far less attention than many of my less-worthy posts… enjoy… and remember that it’s Creative Commonsed so you can share and edit with few restrictions.


2 Responses to “Green Guide now warns about filtering and multimedia giants”

  1. Lyn said

    We talked about the trust problem before. The default assumption from both politicians and corporations is that all people are criminals. Governmentality is a useful concept here.

  2. Dave Bath said

    I don’t think the “default assumption from politicians and corporations is that all people are criminals.”

    I think the default assumption that is more valid concerns the corruption of process between those two parties.

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