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The end of the world as we know it....
- Quoted on BBC News website page 'Digital film: Industry answers', 9 February 2006.
History tells a different story: cf Jack Valenti 3,4; Robert Camplin, Kenneth Maidment
A well stated perspective that should, if nothing else had, put to bed the idea that seems to consistently resurface of new technologies being the end of the cinematic world as we know it.
Mp3, peer-to-peer, digital piracy, file sharing, the internet, downloadable movies, broken DRM - None of things are a threat to creativity. None of them are a threat to the artists. None of them are a threat to the free enterpise. None of them are a threat to art. All these things existed a long time before modern notions of copyright protections and intellectual property and they will continue to exist long after we have evolved into something unseen and unknown.
The only things these technology shifts are a threat to is traditional economic models. The only thing they are a threat to is an established hierachy of finacial flow. Thus the only people really concerned about them are those who fear a break in the economic structure status quo.