When technologists build something that provides enablement of sorts,
as usual those capitalists just love to pounce on the opportunity to
make even more money. As is witnessed in what’s currently happening
to digital media stuff that’s on the Internet these days. When technologists
provide a means for entertainers to let their works be heard and seen
to potentially many more people than the traditional medium is able to
and subsequently benefit the consumers since they don’t have to fork
out more due to the cost effectiveness of the new delivery medium,
unhappy voices, which ironically aren’t of the authors themselves but
their publishers, can be heard. I personally like being able to listen to
radio stations from other parts of the world, particularly since they play
newer variety of songs of different genres rather than repeated select
number of songs of the boyband genre like the ones here do. Anyways,
I have only recently been made aware that they are trying to control
media streams such as Internet radios. Traditionally, in terms of
musical works for example, broadcasters would need to pay a certain
amount of royalty to the publishers based on the number of times they
play a song and also the number of their projected listeners. This model
works well since traditional medium like television or radio would have a
limited geographical coverage. Now, shift this to the Internet and we
have the floodgates of sorts open up. With hundreds of millions of
potential audience, would the model still apply? When those webcasters
and consumers alike got all excited about being able to reach audience
of such magnitude, those royalty seekers dampen the mood with their
claims. If this is allowed to continue, no one will benefit in the end.
Everbody loses. More on this here.