p2pnet news view Movies | Music | Crime:- “The United States Air Force at Osan Air Base in Songtan, South Korea, is openly allowing American service members to purchase counterfeit goods, DVDs and pirated computer/console software from carts and shops located outside the main gate,” said a 2007 p2pnet feature slugged The Pirates of Osan.
We also highlighted the US air base scandal in a more recent post, this time centering on a small-scale event in Brazil hyped by Hollywood as a major bust.
Now, “Hollywood studio Warner Brothers will end its home video and DVD business in South Korea at the end of the year due to rampant piracy,” says the Yonhap news agency, quoted by Agence France-Presse.
“One of the reasons for the pullout is a slump in the video and DVD market, resulting from online piracy and illegal downloading,” the story has a Warner Brothers Home Video Korea spokesman saying.
“Piracy used to chiefly mean robbery on the high seas,” said the p2pnet Osan post, going on »»»
And to ‘counterfeit’ something was, and still is, to copy it, usually with the intent of re-selling it as the original with currency, art, and antiquities probably as the most popular counterfeit items.
Since the end of the 20th century, the entertainment and software cartels have been running a huge media campaign under which ‘piracy’ is now principally used to portray peer-to-peer (p2p) file sharing as a deadly menace and a crime ranking with murder and rape, rather than as a means by which movies and music, among other things, are being handled in the digital 21st century.
According to Warner Music (US), EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany), the members of the Big Four Organized Music cartel, and Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney, the Big Six Hollywood studios, their hundreds of millions of men, women and child customers around the world aren’t reasonable people looking for a fair return for their money. Rather, they’re all potential hard-case, hard-core copyright ‘thieves’ and intellectual property ‘criminals’.
The cartels try to equate files shared with sales lost and routinely and regularly lump file sharers together with ‘pirates,’ or counterfeiters, as they used to be known.
There is, of course, absolutely no relationship between the two. Counterfeiting is a crime, and no doubt about it. Sharing is, though, merely sharing. No money changes hands. No one is deprived of something he or she used to own. And it’s never been demonstrated that a file shared equals a sale lost.
Nonetheless, that’s the assertion as the corporate entertainment industries relentlessly sue their own customers in a desperate attempt to control how, and by whom, movies and music are distributed online.
Warner is, “the last remaining Hollywood company to withdraw its home entertainment business from South Korea,” says AFP, adding:
p2pnet – The Pirates of Osan, January 2, 2007
small-scale event – ‘Large scale’ MPAA ‘anti-pirate’ bust, October 31, 2008
Agence France-Presse – Warner Brothers to close home video business in SKorea: report, November 9, 2008
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