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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy 381

theodp writes "Over at Slate, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter argues that Google's anti-copyright stance is just a way to devalue content, which is bad for artists and bad for consumers. The screed is Sutter's response to an earlier anti-copyright rant in Slate penned by a lawyer who represents Google and is a Fellow at the New America Foundation, a public policy institute chaired by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt that receives funding from Schmidt and Google. 'Everyone is aware that Google has done amazing things to revolutionize our Internet experience,' writes Sutter. 'And I'm sure Mr. and Mrs. Google are very nice people. But the big G doesn't contribute anything to the work of creatives. Not a minute of effort or a dime of financing. Yet Google wants to take our content, devalue it, and make it available for criminals to pirate for profit. Convicted felons like Kim Dotcom generate millions of dollars in illegal revenue off our stolen creative work. People access Kim through Google. And then, when Hollywood tries to impede that thievery, it's presented to the masses as a desperate attempt to hold on to antiquated copyright laws that will kill your digital buzz. It's so absurd that Google is still presenting itself as the lovable geek who's the friend of the young everyman. Don't kid yourself, kids: Google is the establishment. It is a multibillion-dollar information portal that makes dough off of every click on its page and every data byte it streams. Do you really think Google gives a s**t about free speech or your inalienable right to access unfettered content? Nope. You're just another revenue resource Google can access to create more traffic and more data streams. Unfortunately, those streams are now pristine, digital ones of our work, which all flow into a huge watershed of semi-dirty cash. If you want to know more about how this works, just Google the word "parasite."'"
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

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  • by drfuchs ( 599179 ) on Sunday March 16, 2014 @02:54PM (#46499883)
    I'm sure if you just start selling Sons of Anarchy t-shirts over the web and ship them out of your garage, you'll be fine!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 16, 2014 @03:51PM (#46500253)

    It's pretty obvious that you've never seen an episode of sons of anarchy so let me explain.
    There is absolutely no need for googling anything while creating this show. If you had ever watched this so called tv show you would know that it has all the wit of a story written by a 4-year old with a crayon, completely flat one dimensional characters and to top it off law enforcement are all acting like they are severely mentally challenged and on top of that they are all corrupt so that the shows good guys (the bad guys) can always get away with pretty much acting like a terrorist organisation.
    So you see, there is no need for google, just make sure that the actors are over the top with your version of what macho is and the rest doesn't matter.
    The only mystery is why people watch this and enjoy it, but then again plenty of people watch soap operas.

  • by jd2112 ( 1535857 ) on Sunday March 16, 2014 @06:55PM (#46501371)

    You illustrate my point. The suits at Disney responsible for lobbying and litigating IP rules are not the people creating characters and animating stories. And the fact that the company takes creative content (e.g. new stories) and uses their copyrighted character to act them out does not make them creators of content. It makes them thieves.

    If Disney keeps on extending copyright, someday they will run out of public domain material to form the basis of new movies.

  • by DexterIsADog ( 2954149 ) on Sunday March 16, 2014 @08:40PM (#46501911)

    Actually Google didn't create the Nexus. It pretty much copied much of the iPhone's look and feel. Then it hired some company in Taiwan to make it.

    Google copied from some other company, and then hired an Asian company to manufacture it?

    Those bastards! That's *Apple's* business model!

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