Digital Economy author slams Digital Economy Bill

The man who invented the term “Digital Economy” has a low opinion of Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill:

“File-sharing a classic example of a disruptive technology, and we’ve got to get over this mindset that peer-to-peer sharing of music is stealing,” says Tapscott. “Sadly, obsession with control, piracy, and proprietary standards on the part of large industry players will only serve to further alienate and anger music listeners.

“As the person who coined the term The Digital Economy in my 1995 book I do feel obliged to comment on the UK government’s recently unveiled Digital Economy Bill. The bill is fundamentally flawed because it punishes Internet users who share songs.”

It will probably not surprise readers of this blog that people who were using the internet years before Mandelson and Brown had even heard of it understand it better than they do.

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2 Responses to Digital Economy author slams Digital Economy Bill

  1. George Carty says:

    Music isn’t really an important issue because music artists have an alternative source of income in the shape of live performances. The real issue is how can the production of movies and TV shows be funded in a BitTorrent world?

    • jrms says:

      You’re absolutely right. But. That’s a cue for the movie and TV business to innovate, not for them to spend zillions on lobbying government to prevent others from innovating. It’s also far from clear whether piracy decreases or increases sales of movies and TV shows – one should be willing to accept that the true answer may not seem intuitive, here. But we should err on the side of liberty until we know what effect filesharing actually has.

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