Wired: The Rise and Fall of the Hit

A Wired article by Chris Anderson in their July 2006 issue includes a discussion of the "long tail" and the belief that "The era of the blockbuster is so over. The niche is now king, and the entertainment industry – from music to movies to TV – will never be the same".

This will hopefully spell the end of the dominance of the major labels and major studios, paving the way for a more vibrant and competitive marketplace for entertainment. In my case I've always believed that what is good for the incumbent monopolists is bad for the industry as a whole, whether that industry is entertainment or any other marketplace.

As with other markets, protection of property rights is where the largest battleground will be. In order for there to be a healthy marketplace in the knowledge economy, of which entertainment is only a part, we must ensure that the property rights of technology owners are respected. All the logic that applies to the need for property rights in other marketplaces also applies to the knowledge economy and private ownership of the means of producing, distributing and accessing digital content.

This means that the owners of everything from camcorders and other recording devices, network routers, to hardware used to display digital content must have their property rights respected.

Governments must entirely reject current proposals to legally protect TPMs applied by copyright holders and manufacturers to devices they do not own (known commonly as DRM), to create "broadcast flag" regulations which give incumbent broadcasters veto-power over the features in our devices, or any attempts to close the "analog hole" which is the fact that any device capable of recording our own content is capable of being abused to infringe copyright.

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There's alot of truth .....

There's alot of truth in the artical.

Now any one anywhere in the world can make a movie or song and put it out there.

Using many of the free websites, P2P sites, personal websites ect.

If they want with whats available now.
It could be good or bad the masses will decide. not a desk jocky, but the public !!!!!

About to put a song online for a band total cost.

If I were to factor in time, equipment rental ect. it would be around a hundred dollars give or take thirty.

We recorded 5 tracks and polished one so far.

will be working with more local talent as the weeks go by.

This is just a though I had.................

RANT ON.........

As for the majors...there breathing there last dying breaths. Grasping at straws. hoping not to fall into the abyis of doom.

Trying to control Recrording devices...ect using TPM'S, DRM with Silly laws (DMCA) ect

What will happen is which I hope is not going to happen is reverse DRM, TPM's .

All content will need DRM, TPM'S to play and you will need a licence to make music or movies for the public.

It will cost a lot for the equipment so they can get a take of your stuff and to impair up and coming indiependent artists and the public.

So they can live the highlife again and be in control again of what you see and hear.

But it is doomed to fail and we the masses will prevail on what we want to watch, listen and create in the end.

Rant off............

My 2 Watts