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Goal in life: Create order, think lateral.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Mijn echte leeftijd
Pomptiedom, net de test gedaan op www.jeechteleeftijd.nl. In het echt ben ik 23,8! Paas mij de Fristi even :-)
Description of Internet MM Committee in The Netherlands
In my efforts to come up with an alternative model that will solve the problem of Internet piracy I again found out that in Holland already something like the Internet MM Committee exists (see image).
The foundation "Thuiskopie" collects a compensation for each DVD or CD that is produced or imported in The Netherlands. This money is to compensate for the making of personal copies of songs, movies etc. on the recording devices. It divides this compensation amongst authors, artists and producers with the help of several other foundations. One of which is Buma Stemra. Dividing the money happens with the help of a distribution formula which is created by doing market research.
The following concepts from the IMMCM I have been able to recognize:
However, there are also a couple of things fundamentally different from the IMMCM
- single fund manager, The foundation Thuiskopie and the other organizations like Buma Stemra manage the fund. The fund is filled with the compensation amounts payed by importers and producers of DVD's and CD's.
- the multi media tax, The producers and importers on-charge the compensation amounts to buyers of DVD's and CD's. Prices of DVD's and CD's are a little higher.
- download statistics, popularity pols and the like, The foundation Thuiskopie does market research to find out what is an honest distribution formula.
- register, Authors, artists and producers register their assets with Buma Stemra to become elegible for the compensation.
- payed on popularity basis, Authors, artists and producers get their money based on the distribution formula.
- Foundation Thuiskopie is only concerned with DVD's and CD's (plan is to charge MP3 players and hard disk recorders from January 2007 as well) and not with content on the Internet. Though what ends up on the storage may very well come from the Internet in the end.
- Storage media are charged and not Internet access. The fund is filled with a percentage from the sales of DVD's and CD's and not with a percentage from the fee to get access to the Internet: the money we all pay each month to our Internet Service Provider.
- It is only organized like this in The Netherlands. For the IMMCM to work for 100% it should be implemented world wide.
- The compensation amount to content providers is a compensation amount and not the only means of income for content providers. At the moment the amount is probably too low to sustain an interesting multi media industry. Content providers are still dependent on selling their content. This still entails all the piracy problems, although a little smaller now.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
If you are friend, co-worker or family of me, there is a good chance you heard me muttering something about a psychological revolution I was expecting in the next 100 years. My idea was simple: we had an agricultural revolution, an industrial revolution, an information revolution...there must be another one heading our way!
After having machines do our physical work and having computers do our mental work the next logical area for man to engage in was, in my eyes, human psyche. I expect 'man' to develop very strong in this area over the next decades, to make big new discoveries about human psyche and how to utilize them in our advantage.
In Dan Pink I found someone likeminded. In his book 'A whole new mind' he shows he has given it much deeper thought than I have and I totally agree with him.
One thing that I hadn´t realized is that we do not need to wait until computers can take over all our mental tasks. A lot of it can be outsourced to countries like India! We are already entering the new era, called the conceptual era by Pink.
Only thing left for us to do is to start developing our right brain halves, because that is the area in which we can still add significant economic value. That is where the creative and empathic stuff is going on which cannot be fulfilled by Asia, Automation and Abundance, as Pink calls the three main thrusters for the conceptual era.
Now lets try not to forget all the left brain stuff we learned! Like my dad mentioned happened in a science fiction novel he read: computers did the thinking and someone had found a revolutionary new skill, head calculus...
And what about the Mayans in Guatemala? From the city ruins and art work I have seen they were pretty well right-brain-half-developed. I wonder whatever skills have been lost since that society died away?
Labels: conceptual age, psychological revolution