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Apparently over 40% of broadband users have participated in some kind of file swapping activities. Doesn’t the UK also people to register their religion as “Jedi” on census forms?
According to the article, the goal of the MP3 party is to bring “simplification” to all aspects of government, based on the theory, in and of itself quite reasonable, that complex systems eventually break down. They’re targeting younger, “apathetic” voters; possibly the same ones who gave Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.
The flip side of the systems theory of government is the assumption that societies are self organizing. They are, but they organize themselves by developing rules that the individual can not opt out of. The ideal society will develop a balance between the individual desire for resources and the costs of their production.
I’ve never liked the idea of protecting individual industries from rampaging technology. If Congress can hold off on introducing new legislation to affect the capabilities of technology then the industry will simply have to adapt. Past success no guarantee, and certainly no entitlement, to future success. The government does have an obligation to regulate in the public interest, and if some regulation is required to make a music industry possible, then that’s justified. But as various services (including listen.com are beginning to show, there are other ways.