The coming robot apocalypse
Posted Sep 13, 2012 3:51 UTC (Thu) by tnoo
Parent article: The coming robot apocalypse
The Sony rootkit episode (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_rootkit) exemplifies how ruthless these companies are protecting their income streams. I wonder what the future of copyright enforcement actually looks like, as it is a reaction to technology evolution.
First there was a fee for each performance or public display of a work, then for lending it out. After the invention of xerox copies, fees on each copy made were introduced. Now digital copying and streaming over a network are the new challenges which the contnenmt industry tries to be prevent with legal (court cases) and technical measures (as the editor describes).
What next? A flat fee for each bit transmitted over the network? A tax on each device able to play content? A flat rate per person and year because we are in principle able to consume content? The content industry claims big damages which have to be compensated, and politicians are listening.
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