article in Monday's edition of The Guardian, movie director
Alex Cox questions the
movie industry's definition of "piracy." He argues that the studios,
which he notes "are already hugely wealthy," are the real "pirates" as
they manipulate the legal process to ensure their own profits at the
expense of their artists' creativity.
As Cox points out, every new device — from the 8-track tape and
VCR to the CD and DVD — has actually served to increase the
profits of the very industries that claim to fear the use of these
devices for unauthorized copying.
Perhaps no individual fact in Cox's article will surprise 2600
readers, who have been alerted for quite some time to the greed of the
movie and music industries. But it is always refreshing to hear these
complaints clearly presented from someone who is perhaps on the
"inside" of the Hollywood system and who has been personally hurt by
exaggerated restrictions of copyright law.