Igor Korolev (korolev) wrote,
Igor Korolev
korolev

Кому-то плохо, когда другим хорошо

Американские правообладатели продолжают своё наступление на права человека, объявив войну программам для записи потокового видео (stream ripping). Подумать только, говорят правообладатели, ежемесячно скачивается 15 млн копий подобных программных продуктов. В связи с этим от Microsoft, Apple и Real потребовали сделать всё возможное дял того, что ripping был не возможен. Поскольку с зажравшимися миллиардерами в правовую дискуссию вступать бесполезно, я решил ударить по больному месту. В органзиацию Media Rights Technologies, которая и развязала данную гнусную кампанию, я направил письмо, в котором разъяснил, что блокирование stream ripping окончательно добьет свободу слова в России и других странах третьего мира (thanks for mozgoved за помощь в составлении письма).



Dear colleagues,


My name is Igor Korolev, I am a correspondent for the Moscow News weekly in Russia

(http://www.moscownews.ru). I have carefully followed the news on your efforts

to block streaming ripping ability in computer media players. I agree and subscribe to the view

that improving protection of copyright materials on the internet is of paramount importance.

However, looking at this problem from Russia, there is another important side to the story that

remains uncovered.


You may know about the critical situation in Russia with political rights

and the freedom of press (see, for example, the recent report of

international non-government organization FreedomHouse, in which Russia

is acknowledged as non-freee country -

http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/fop/2007/pfscharts.pdf). Due to the clampdown

on independent TV stations, now the sole source of objective information in Russia is internet.


Journalists, who worked at the NTV (TV-stations previously closed by the Kremlin – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTV_Russia), have found a new channel

RTVi (http://www.rtvi.ru/english.html). This channel distributes its

signal via a foreign satellite and cable networks, but in Russia it is

available only through the internet video stream (http://news.rtvi.ru). Russian people

who wants to know the true information about events in our

country watch RTVi and also use YouTube and similar stream services. By YouTube, for

example, we saw reports from recent "Dissenter's March" in Moscow (it

was a peaceful demonstration against government's policies, broken down by the police

- see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissenters_March).


An additional problem in terms of content access is that due to economic conditions and

lack of modern data-channels, there is an extremely low rate of broadband

access penetration in Russia - according to market analytics, it is less

then 5%. (see http://www.trendsmedia.com/pdf/WiMAX_Russia.pdf).

Moreover, even you have a broadband channel, you often can't watch

streaming video. For example, RTVi's stream is required speed at 250

Kbit/s. I, for one, use channel with speed at 2Mbit/s from "Stream"

(https://www.stream.ru) - most popular broadband provider in Moscow,

which parent company is public listed in LondonStockExchange (LSE:CMST).

Still, unfortunately, i usually cannot see an RTVI video directly (may be the

reason of it is lack of international data-channels). Stream ripping remains

the only way out for me and a lot of other Russian people.


In conclusion, I would like to say that my colleagues and I support your effort to

eradicate internet piracy. At the same time, however, we urge you to address

the issue of stream ripping delicately, as its ban would make it impossible for people

in Russia and many other countries with human rights violations and press freedom

problems to have access to an unbiased and government-uncontrolled media. Please,

do not overlook this aspect of the problem.
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