Seems like this week a bunch of Copyright issues showed their ugly heads. In this case, this is a hypothetical…no one, and I repeat NO ONE actually used this site in my household! The site is http://atdhe.net/ and what the did was show video streams of tv shows and sports from across the world. I ‘heard’ that if a game did not appear on tv in your market, you could watch it hear. Never tried that out myself…(Go Canes!).
Well, I say you ‘could’ do that, as the DOJ and Homeland Security seized the website. All you see is the picture on the side of this post. Not the first time I posted a picture from a seized website, if you remember, the counterfit jersey site from http://www.k12opensourceclassroom.org/?p=860. So again, my first argument, how does Copyright Infrigement (I am not arguing the infringement part yet) threaten our national security? We have this created agency that works to keep the country safe. Seriously, how does that impact our safety? So already, that agency is out of their league here. I do not discount the DOJ’s role, but Homeland Security. Would you not rather see them looking for terrorists?
Second, as it stands, the site did probably commit Copyright Infringement in pretty much just rebroadcasting a local market event to the web. However, I am really frustrated with this being infringement. Our tv and sports industries make way too much money. If you rebroadcast the game, and still show the advertisements, then you still get the return of revenue. Why make people purchase things like NFL Access and NHL plans to watch all these, when you could easily rebroadcast, and probably do it cheaper. The fans still receive the commercials, so excuse me for my denseness, but I would think this would work. With the state of the economy, the issues with jobs, everything happening to state employees and teachers in Wisconsin, sports will soon start experiencing the issues the recording companies started in the 90s. People will continue to find ways around this. So one site was shut down, for that one site, surely another 20 opened. So let’s devote more people to Homeland Security to root out these tv terrorists. The tv execs cannot hope to win this war, so why not change the model before the existing model becomes extinct?
No, I am not looking for a free handout, as some will suggest. I know that in order to show the events, revenue must be generated. No problem. Slap on the commercials. No problem with that at all. Why, though, when the technology allows it, do you want to eliminate the revenue? Think of what we would gain for our students, and really, society in general.