Illegal in France

Things have slowed down just a bit, enough so that I can start a little blogging again. I hope to podcast again real soon.

A story just passed through my e-mail queue about a recent ruling of a French Appeals court to remove copies of David Lynch’s film “Mulholland Drive” from video shelves, because it has an illegal device attached — copy prevention software. France, and apparently most of the EU, have a different view of copyright and intellectual property, or at least a different sense of the balance between the rights of information producers and information consumers.

cdThis is an issue that I’ve paid a lot of attention to lately, but I remain enough on the fence not to get involved. As an author, I am sensitive to my rights of ownership, my rights to expect compensation for my work. I suspect that this is not in question though. The issue seems to be the corporate media industry’s desires to protect their hold on media, buy holding back or locking down the technologies that are evolving and changing how media flows.

One concept that is central to all of my talks and workshops is the fact that the nature of information is changing. And with a generation coming up whose experience is so defined by information, I do not believe that change can be bridled. We need to turn around and look forward. That direction is a lot more exciting, and our imaginations are our only limits.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.