JayZ, Kanye West, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift and many other superstars have all been victims of illegal file-sharing. The thing is, file-sharing should NOT be illegal. And, the biggest victim is you.
When I first learned of a copyright infringement lawsuit against U.S. wireless carriers in 2010 for creating a system for file-sharing without copyright protections I yawned. Why would anyone be stupid enough to think they could ever win against some of the most powerful corporations in the U.S.?
Three years, and a tall stack of court filings later, I became a visionary as the Ninth Circuit in California upheld the District Court’s ruling that the defendants failed to state a plausible claim. In layman’s terms that means the case was not believable enough to go any further.
That should have been the end of it but as I was closing my mental file on this situation I noticed a similar case styled as a class action against the same U.S. wireless carriers, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-mobile. Although this second similar case against the carriers is an antitrust and unfair competition lawsuit it also complains about the carrier’s file-sharing system being launched without standard measures for copyright protection.
So I began to think, could there be some kind of stupid epidemic going around or is there something to this wireless carrier’s file-sharing thing? I began to dig deeper and deeper and although most people, including myself usually yawn at the mention of copyrights and intellectual property rights, I’m actually very excited! Reason?
I’ve uncovered truths that may one day result in billions of dollars being re-directed from the coffers of corporate America to the people who create multimedia such as images, music and videos – aka user generated content.
Beginning now, I intend to go deeper and deeper into these issues and continue to report my findings to the people of the world in a way that will be easy to follow. And, although I have no choice but to read the legal filings, the public will not have to worry about being put to sleep with a lot of legal mumbo jumbo. I’ll be arming myself with lots of coffee and loud music to stay alert.
“We the people” are very fortunate to live in an unprecedented era of self-empowerment, the digital age. What I’m about to show you is the cutting edge of the wave of the future.
JayZ, Kanye West, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift and many other superstars have more in common with everyday folks than you may think. We are all victims.
Please join me in an unfolding series of exposes that will show you unequivocally how the U.S. wireless carriers are ripping “we the people” off.
Glenn Clarke op-ed