Every time changes to the copyright monopoly are considered, the profits of major entertainment industry companies are at the centre of the discussion. Even the people who fiercely defend the right to share information freely are going to extreme lengths to argue that this will not hurt the revenues of the copyright industry. But why are these profits even relevant? Why should we care about the profits of these companies?
It is almost apologetic. Apologetic for defending the civil rights that our ancestors fought, bled and died to give us, their children and grandchildren.
Thinking about what hurts and doesn’t hurt sales misses the point entirely. A corporation’s profits must never be at the centre of policymaking, much less the centre of determining what fundamental civil liberties we have as free citizens — via redwolf.newsvine.com