Variety is reporting on a study that concludes that the average TV viewer age is now 50. Old people watch TV, young people interact on the internet I guess.
In Canada, the Conservative federal government is “updating” the copyright laws and part of their insane plan is basically to make anyone under 50 a criminal. Here’s a summary of the backwards bill.
-There is a $500 statutory damage minimum for possession of a single file freed from crippling DRM. With some audiobooks each CD has 99 tracks. Thatâ€™s $49,500 for one CD. WTF!?
-Any circumvention of DRM, even on files youâ€™ve owned for decades, files youâ€™ve purchased, been given as a gift, or inherited, will be deemed a violation and subject you to a $500 statutory damage minimum (per file). WTF!?
-It will be illegal to transfer DRMâ€™d files to your own iPod or portable media player (you canâ€™t strip-out the forced ads out of DVD that you own either). WTF!?
Here’s a Q&A session in parliament: