The Movie Industry vs Technology
The Internet and the roles it plays in society
Since its conception, the Internet has been a huge market for life uses. It provides some of the greatest resources to educate people around the world such as search engines, databases, and an almost endless expanse for innovation. Being a conglomeration of countless numbers of computers allow users to interconnect with each other, making computers a prominent part of people’s lives. Aside from the home uses, businesses have capitalized on it as well. The Internet is essentially a medium through which mass distribution of information and goods can be disseminated. However, “the Net is no longer just a publishing or an entertainment or a personal communications medium, but rather a fundamental and indispensable engine driving all social and economic life” ( Kline). E-commerce is a big part of the average consumer. Shopping online at sites such as Amazon.com and Ebay.com have provided users with the convenience of shopping without picking up the car keys. With a few simple clicks, a few typing of numbers, the desired product could be at your door within a few days. Other uses are GPS systems, or even a 911-based emergency utility that combines GPS and locates you in time of trouble. This is all provided for by the internet. In light of all these fantastic services that are provided by the Internet, it is without its flaws. Child pornography and piracy are just some of the illegal activity that are present in society today. Filters have been set up in schools and in homes to prevent viewing or downloading of such illicit materials, however that is not enough. With the conception of Napster, the music industry engulfed it, chewed it up, and spat it back out. Prior to this, Napster was an ongoing threat with about 60 million users trading illegal copies of music. Despite its illegality, Napster’s membership grew about a million users per day. Another industry at stake is the movie industry. Pirated movies are abundant on college campuses, and on peer-to-peer programs, but is it that much of an immediate threat for the movie industry to be as aggressive as it was in the Napster case? As prominent as movie piracy is, it is not. The Internet is a mass distribution medium as seen in the case of a Norwegian programmer who’s technological innovation posed a threat to the industry, the ability of downloading movies themselves is stifled due to lack of broadband access as is seen in the example of websites and peer-to-peer programs that offer movies.
DeCSS, a symbol of innovation that needs to be stifled?
Intelligence and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the technological progress that have pushed innovations onward. However, where does intelligence and ingenuity cross the line into the profits of industry? This is evident in the case against Jon Johansen, a 15 year Norwegian computer programmer.