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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Drew Wilson vs. Denis McGrath on the Copyright Debate

Drew Wilson vs. Denis McGrath on the Copyright Debate

Drew Wilson vs. Denis McGrath on the Copyright Debate

Added: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The Canadian DMCA generated lots of commentaries on it. Below is the respond of Drew Wilson to the commentary of Denis McGrath from Dead Things on Sticks.


Drew Wilson admits that McGrath has interesting comments on the debating bill posted on his blog, and believes he covers a sore spot being a part of the debate. This spot relates to people who believe they can own everything in the world for free.

As Drew Wilson is in fact an artist himself, he felt the necessity to respond.

McGrath used to talk about things getting simplified, for example highlighting a problem with the copyfans and the fair use and categorizing the terms within which they view the debates as a simple gimme. Drew Wilson would also name such people the file hoarders, who download everything, no matter they need it or not, without paying a penny for it. One has to admit such people do exist now; moreover, they will always exist.

However, Wilson points out the fact that these people are surprisingly not that common. He also recalls an interesting comparison of them to the newspaper vendor. Most people drop money in the machine and take one paper out of it. But someone drops money and takes all the papers inside. You probably have seen such guys, but not every day, because there exists a trust in people who pay for one newspaper and take only one, despite they can get the whole bundle. The only reason for the newspaper industry to keep using such vending machines is trust.

Wilson also adds to this point that people can be trusted to get some stuff for free to try it, as most of them later buy it legally, because that is just the ethical thing to do.

One more point McGrath highlighted was the getting paid thing, saying that there’s no any self-sustaining model involving artists getting paid for their works. Wilson says that as the times change, it’s probably more efficient to spend little money to record track at home using specific software and upload it to Internet, than pay millions of dollars to the recoding studios. As for the getting paid, there’s always a possibility to pass the hat around for money, and this model does work.

As for describing the DMCA, Drew Wilson eagerly calls it draconian, asking to explain how else he would call a law forcing a person to be fined for millions dollars for just downloading a dozen of tracks. As he emphasizes, there are some solutions for illegal file-sharing, but none of them includes mass litigation.

May 11th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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posted by (2010-05-12 01:33:24)
No avatarwilson is right, i am one of those people who downloads everything even stuff i dont need or want sometimes, and never pays a penny any more, and guess what its their own fault from years of ripping me off, everytime i bought a bad movie or had to buy a whole cd to get one song,not to overlook the fact that the so called superstars of the world are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy overpaid, i for one say no more, its time to take back what they dont deserve

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