For most people going to a cinema is a good night out. Only a few realize that they are often subjecting themselves to extreme and privacy invading security measures that most airports could only dream of. Filmgoers are already being carefully watched for suspicious behavior by Big Brother’s cameras, but soon this technology will be upgraded with sophisticated emotion recognition software. (TorrentFreak)
Rules and regulations on media have always affected our way of using and dealing with them. Anti-piracy controls and tools have increased and become more and more sophisticated. The department of justice and the anti-piracy authorities are accountable to guarantee copyright contents and to prevent and block any form of piracy. This is what happened, e.g. to the famous “Megavideo.com” site related to file storage and viewing, which was shutted down by the indian department of Telecom on July 2011. A very sob story. I used to stream movies on Megavideo almost everyday. A hard bop for million and milion of users in the world.
The block of Megavideo is perhaps my first real experience with media restrictions. In fact, my parents have never denied me to see anything on Tv or to browse any websites on the web. The only rule we had (I use the past because I left home four years ago) was to watch the Tv news at lunch. But it has never been a restriction for me because I wanted to see tv news at lunch!
Rules and restrictions on the use of media entail many anxieties and moral concerns. Firstly they entail copyright rules, whose aim is granting the creator of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator to receive compensation for their intellectual effort. Secondly they entail rules about public decency and morals, whose aim is protecting media users from violent and improper contents.
This video shows what could happen if you break the law. A fine of 675000$ for sharing 30 songs.
The question that comes to my mind when I think to these type of restrictions is whether they benefit media users and they fulfill their aims.
Find more statistics at Statista
This interactive chart shows us the percentage of consumers per country who watched online video content in 2014. These percentages are really high and it means that there are a lot of online media users and departments and government authorities will never be able to keep safe and under control all the contents they see. Thus, the main thing is trying to educate users to a more respectful a proper use of media: restrictions and rules should start at home, parents should teach their children how to use media devices properly and fairly.
ANTI-PIRACY TOOL FOR CINEMA WILL RECOGNIZE EMOTIONS, TorrentFreak pubblication online, http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-tool-for-cinemas-will-recognize-emotions-101102/ [accessed on 21 September 2014]
PERCENTAGE OF INTERNET USERS WHO WATCH ONLINE CONTENT ON ANY DEVICE IN 2014, The Statistics portal, http://www.statista.com/statistics/272835/share-of-internet-users-who-watch-online-videos/ [accessed on 21 September 2014]