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osOpinion: Movies, Video Games, Music and Children: Shaming Janus

Sep 19, 2000, 06:46 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Last week the American Federal trade commission, FTC, published a report that lambasted the cultural industries for marketing adult-oriented movies, violent video games and obscenity filled music to young children. Cynics remarked that the report was in time to coincide with the American presidential elections and allow the candidates to win cheap political points. The cultural industries wailed about the threat to free speech and how their activities are perfectly legal. Indeed, listening and reading about the controversy would surely shame Janus; the two headed Roman god...."

"As a foreigner to this particular American report, what I find rather interesting is that no one has made the obvious linkage between the cultural industry's aggressive defense of their copyright and intellectual property and eschewing any responsibility for how they market their products. Sorry guys but the world doesn't work that way. You can't use the DCMA to rampage like a rabid pit bull on crystal meth and prohibit downloadable music or impede Penguinistas from watching DVDs on their platform and then disavow any responsibility for inappropriate marketing to young children. There's a bilateral obligation: the state protects your copyright while you market your products appropriately to the customers sought."

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