The King Kong Defence and the state of the media nation

So the Pirate bay trial is going on in Sweden and I have been listening to the SVT (Swedish Public Television) audio stream of the spectrial for the most of it. And besides my new opinion that the Pirate Bay kids are dicks I’ve came to the following conclusions:

1. The Prosecution must have been on holiday for the last two years, they are completely lost on all technical matters.
2. It’s a shame that PRQ didn’t get the non-pirate bay servers back since it took about one week to confirm witch machines hosted TPB. This effetely led a company into bankruptcy.
3. Peter Althin and Monique Wadsted are the only two lawyers who seem to know their jobs. And since they are on opposing sides we should have some good legal fighting to look forward to.
4. The pirate bay kids are dicks… oh wait I already said that.
5. There is a gap between generations that no side seem interested in passing over to ensure some proper communication.

I also thought that I should say something about the value of a copy.
I own more DVDs then most other people that I know; I also download a lot. In a traditional economic viewpoint a movie that I own is worth as much as a movie that I download. For me, on a personal level this is far from the truth.
The DVD’s have three kinds of value while the downloaded things only have one. When I download a film the production of the copy that this whole legal matter concerns is of no interest to me, I have no use of storing films on my external hard drive but I need to keep the information somewhere. I download to experience the film in question and then delete it, unless it’s a rare film, most often documentaries that wont be for sale or that will cost far more then I can afford to pay for them. The DVD’s on the other hand contains to about 90% films I have already seen when I purchase them.

I pay for the value of having the films in question on access just a few seconds away with a quality far superior to a downloaded copy. The physical manifestation of the film serves as an instant memory link (a Madeleine) to the experience of watching the film. I only need to take my copy of The Crow out of the book case to get the general feeling of the flick, exploring the back of the DVD I remember some of my favourite quotes and how much the clip where The Crow leaves the incendiary grenade in T-Birds car (We killed you dead, there ain’t no coming back…) used to scare me as a kid when I saw it on Filmkrönikan. When writing this I had to take a break to watch the scene on youtube. A Blade runner for the 90’s as the Swedish reviews said.
Annyways the third value is of course the value of ownership. The DVD’s are mine and they, like all products serve to give me a stronger feel of identity and social branding. Just like my (a bit to worn) Nike Air force one’s and my Crumpler computer bag.
The copy as information burned on a digital versatile disc is close to worthless. Lets say the disc enabled my DVD player to receive the movie magically trough a gateway in space/time I’d still like my DVD of the crow the same (or maybe more since it would use magic space/time technology). The main value is in the packaging.

Comparing this to a (purely theoretical) case of the film Cloverfield that I watched lately, from a digital copy that had taken up my valuable hard drive space for far to long. I watched it and removed it. Now I neither have nor desire any link to the film. It was a copy without value to me. I didn’t go to the theatre to see Cloverfield and a sure wont buy it, and if downloading would have been impossible I’d probably would have been watching the crappy action flick of the night on TV6 in its place. With a bit of luck there would have been ninjas in it.
In this (still fictional) example, just as in the previous one, the copy is of almost no value. In fact the magical space/time technology would be a lot more desirable since my hard drive would be able to store valuable information (maybe a completely legal rip of The Crow, so I wouldn’t have to bring my DVD library with me when I travel. Or move. My DVDs take up an entire Claes Ohlsson Moving Box).

I pay for my internet connection and a pay TV licensing for my television, nether of these costs goes to JJ Abrams in any way. One goes to my ISP and the other to the governmentally funded public television (the same one that streams the pirate bay spectial).

Then we have the way of watching TV shows. I watch about 3 shows a week, one of these airs on television in Sweden in the pace that I’m watching. However I watch none of these three shows on television. Supernatural is just far to slow and airs weird times (i.e. not when I’m having dinner) Dollhouse doesn’t air at all in Europe and finally På Spåret that I watch hung over in bed on Sundays trough SVT Play (STV’s online broadcast). If Supernatural and Dollhouse would be available at a high quality stream within Europe I would watch the stream, but they are not and I have to download them. It’s the only way for me to access the shows I want to watch.  Yes, I know Dollhouse is on HULU, but not for us Europeans, and it’s far easier to get the torrent then to stating up some kind of ip-blocking software.

And that’s what it comes down to. I utilise a service I pay for to break the law to watch television I wouldn’t have to pay for if I watched it in a traditional way that don’t suit my 00’s lifestyle at all. Simplicity turns a legal encouraged behaviour into a criminal behaviour. For us end consumers there is no change in experience. We see ourselves as paying; we can’t put our finger on the difference of recoding a show and watching it later from skipping the recording step and just watch it later.

What we lack is proper distribution of money (so the author of Cloverfield would benefit of me watching it), proper distribution of television (so I can watch supernatural in stead of Cops; the without a shadow of a doubt worst show on TV) and a reformation of Copyright to ensure that the normal behaviour of normal people (something done by 2 million Swedes at any given time is in this case considered normal) is legalised. We simply can’t fight more over these matters when we all should work for a brighter and better future.

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