Algorithm of action of the lobby of copyright holders

Now, when there is an active discussion of the “anti-piracy” law, one of the main questions is how to make sure that the opinion of society is listened to, and not as last time . Creating platforms for discussion is of course a very positive moment, but action must be taken in all directions. It is necessary that society is not just listened to, but reckoned with .

The algorithm of the lobby of the copyright holders in the matter of regulating the Internet, as it seems to me, is very simple (it is shown in the figure). They will push for the adoption of new laws as long as it gives an economic effect. Sites, IP addresses, protocols, encryption - anything will be blocked and prohibited, despite any protests and calls for rationality, if as a result the amount of money in the pockets of copyright holders increases .

The negative consequences of such laws have been discussed many times, I will not repeat. To be heard, we must make sure that the amount of money they have at least does not increase, and even better - decreases.

To do this, it is necessary to declare a boycott of media products, which will be affected in the adopted laws - for the time being films, then possibly books, music, games, programs. For a while, or indefinitely, until the situation changes: do not buy discs, do not go to the movies, do not pay for Internet services, and so on. Of course, not everyone will take part, but there are quite a lot of people concerned about the problem, and if they support the action, the effect is likely to be.

Advantages of such a protest:

  • it is completely legal, we have every right not to buy;
  • it’s not dangerous, you don’t have to go to rallies that the police may disperse, or be afraid that after signing the petition, the names will be blacklisted;
  • everyone can do it, because in fact nothing needs to be done.

It is necessary to disseminate information about this campaign as widely as possible so that, on the one hand, the effect is stronger, and on the other hand, that rightholders know that this is a protest against inadequate legislative actions, and not just a decline in sales.

A similar action was organized in the USA in 2012 during the anti-SOPA movement, it was called Black March, then the initiative was supported in other countries. The appeal was formulated in this way: "we are against censorship on the Internet and blocking sites, so do not buy movies, music, games, books." Unfortunately, I could not find information whether there was an economic effect, but the result of the fight against SOPA as a whole we know - it did not pass.

Where during the action to take films and everything else if you do not buy them? I do not call to download them illegally, let everyone decide for himself, because you can watch old ones already in the collection, take them from friends, in extreme cases you can watch, sorry, TV. In any case, everything will depend on which option of the protest to choose:
1. A boycott of all the products of media producers (with the exception of naturally crowdfunding, direct transfers to independent authors and other similar things).

2. A boycott of the products and services of individual companies that are most actively advocating for new laws.

3. A boycott of certain products (films, series, etc.) that have already been used in blocking under the new law, the benefit of their list is published.

Of course, maybe I'm wrong, and it won’t work, but it seems to me I should try, it certainly won’t be worse.

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Which option to choose?

  • 40.3% Boycott of all media products 436
  • 31.8% Boycott of products and services of individual companies 344
  • 3,7% Boycott individual products 40
  • 0.3% Another option for a boycott (I will write in the comments) 3
  • 24.0% It will not work 260