Apparently I Just Hate Titles

HERE’S ANOTHER ARTICLE PLEASE CONTAIN YOUR EXCITEMENT.

http://www.newstatesman.com/economics/2013/04/when-copyright-rules-lead-wasted-innovation

This company, Aereo (not to be confused with Aero) is basically trying to be really clever with copyright laws by snatching the actual signal out of the air and distributing it without anyone’s permission.

Funny thing is, it’s apparently totally legal. Well then.

The author claims that this is really neat in innovation, but really it’s stupid. But we don’t really care about that right now. The point that we should probably be focusing on is how clever people are to get around those darn copyright laws. OH YOU.

So basically we’re wasting our innovative powers in attempting to get around super constrictive copyright laws, I guess. This article is short and doesn’t really argue this point well, but I understand what they’re trying to say. Instead of investing time in fun stuff like curing cancer and saving the whales, we’re spending our time trying to avoid the crazy copyright laws. Which, in turn, tells us that since copyright laws need to be avoided in super creative ways, they must be crazy.

Let me break it down for you because I’m sure that didn’t make sense:
-We have copyright laws
-People feel the need to invest large amounts of time and money to create a company where we evade these copyright laws (innovation)
-Therefore copyright laws must be restrictive enough that we need the need to invest ourselves into avoiding them.

Make sense? I hope so. I tried.

In the end this is just another example of how copyright is bad today.

But hey, I hear you say. Isn’t it actually ok in this case because copyright is actually (finally) ENCOURAGING innovation? Without these laws to attempt to bypass we wouldn’t have these kinds of ideas! Maybe people who would never have created anything will be inspired by this to create new things, all because of copyright laws!

And to you I would first ask what beautiful, optimistic world you live in.

Second, this is valid. Maybe this kind of thing will awaken someone’s potential to create things. But really, if they have this dormant potential, shouldn’t it be awakened by something more…positive? Productive? Not stupid? Maybe the counter to this is that these metaphorical people are so focused on copyright that they actually miss the thing that would awaken them to something truly good and creative.

So while copyright is inspiring people to be innovative, it’s kind of wasting their talents on avoiding these silly laws. So good job, copyright. You managed to screw up something that you really shouldn’t have been anywhere near.

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