How Words Manipulate

Friday, 5 January 2007

[Picture of The USA’s FBI Anti-Piracy logo]WORDS are abused these days – or perhaps I should state that we are being subliminally influenced by words chosen to secretly manipulate us.

To be clear, I am discussing the notion of copyright.

Everywhere today we see: “Piracy“…If you hire or buy a video tape cassette or DVD of a movie, you will see this word along with “Anti-Piracy” — this is a deliberate attempt to associate copying audio or video with the robbery, brutal rape and murder of people — usually refugees — in ships on the high seas.

Do you see copying a DVD or video as ethically equivalent to that? Do you think the use of the word “Piracy” to be fair? The desire to share a song, make a compilation CD or rip music for use on a personal MP3 player surely cannot be related in any way to “Piracy”.

[Picture of API logo]We also see the word: “Protection” used in describing copyright — the makers of the DVD or CD need “Protection” from “Pirates”! Oooh! “Protection” is a very carefully chosen word — and yet it need not be used at all; why state that “Copyright protection lasts a very long time,” when you can simply say, “Copyright lasts a very long time.”

Indeed why not replace “Protection” with “Restrictions”, for after all, the copyright is something that is trying to restrict you from doing something.

These are simple examples that you probably haven’t noticed before, but how manipulative and biased they are!

The biggest crime I have seen is that they do not imply, infer or suggest — they ACTUALLY STATE that copying is THEFT!

This is a bald lie. Plain and simple; a copyright infringement is 100 per cent NOT THEFT. You DO NOT STEAL anything legally when you infringe copyright. This is a misrepresentation of authority. In the United States of America, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, the law is perfectly clear on this: it is not theft.

  • No legal system is an authority on ethics! Laws do not define or decide what is right or what is wrong, and they never have. It is turning things upside down to say that laws define justice or ethical conduct.

How is it possible that they have been allowed to get away with using “theft”? We must be more vigilant against this sort of thing; our civil liberties, society and culture are at risk.

For example, what on earth does “intellectual property” mean? It apparently refers to such disparate legal subjects as copyright, patents, trademarks, and other more obscure areas of law. These are so unrelated that the term “intellectual property” is so vague and sloppy as to be rendered meaningless — but it sounds good, it sounds clever.

It also implies something tangible, a physical property — which neatly ties in with the idea of theft; it is harder to imagine stealing a copyright than a property, isn’t it?

[Picture of Terror threat that comes from copying music]Finally, all this recent and ardent self-serving activity has attacked our psyche with respect to our rights — our moral rights and legal rights. Copyright has NOTHING TO DO WITH “RIGHTS” per se, but it is constantly (and consistently) portrayed as being a right — and equal to “human rights“, when it isn’t.

Now look over the language: They provide “protection” of “rights” against “Pirates” who “steal”… who could stand against that?

11 Responses to “How Words Manipulate”

  1. Freeman Says:


  2. RIAA Radar Says:

    What is RIAA Radar?
    The RIAA Radar is a tool that music consumers can use to easily and instantly distinguish whether an album was released by a member of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

  3. admin Says:

    Dec. 30, 2007
    As part of the industry’s ongoing legal effort against Jeffery Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., resident accused of sharing nearly 2,000 songs, industry officials said even legally owned discs should not be copied onto one’s computer, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Read more…

  4. admin Says:

    January 7, 2008 3:30
    The Washington Post has backed off a story that erroneously accused the recording industry of trying to criminalize ripping CDs to a computer.

  5. Millions of people already “rip” discs to their computers and move the files to MP3 players, although the process is technically against copyright law.

    Intellectual property minister Lord Triesman said the law should be changed so it “keeps up with the times”.

    Music industry bodies gave a cautious welcome to the proposals, which are up for public consultation until 8 April.

    The changes would apply only to people copying music for personal use…
    Tuesday, 8 January 2008, BBC News

  6. Copywrongs Says:

    This saga is why Big 5 Music Label executives are among the most hated businessmen in America. Last June, Universal Music Group sued to have a video clip of a 13-month old toddler dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” removed from YouTube. Universal argued that the author – the child’s mother, Stephanie Lenz – violated the copyright of the song, which plays in the background of the video.

    At first YouTube complied, but Lenz argued back, saying that the song was an obvious case of fair use. YouTube agreed and re-posted the song. This is when the story gets fun…

  7. GOODEHADY Says:

    Thank you

  8. […] it is probably illegal or infringing some firm’s digital rights or copyright or something, but it need […]

  9. Diane Says:

    I read a great article on the Guardian today, it has facts and figures and finished by saying:

    “The reality is that nowadays, one can choose between a game costing £40 that will last weeks, or a £10 CD with two great tracks and eight dud ones.

    “I think a lot of people are choosing the game – and downloading the two tracks.

    “That’s real discretion in spending. It’s hurting the music industry, sure. But let’s not cloud the argument with false claims about downloads.”

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