And once again we return to The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen. Because . . . the internet is still not the fucking answer. And if you think the internet is the answer you asked a stupid question.
I wonder if Andrew talks about YouTube in this book? Why look at that. He sure does.
I wonder if he will explore the notion that making YouTube videos is a job? Why look at that. He sure does.
Everything on the interwebz is “free” and can be copied endlessly and effortlessly. Who suffers? And by “suffers” I mean doesn’t get paid the value of their creations.
Video makers. Musicians. Journalists. Authors. Photographers.
Last year, we joined over 130 other bands and artists to oppose Pandora’s campaign to cut the royalties paid for digital radio spins. Widespread artist opposition stopped them last year, so this year Pandora is trying to enlist artists support for their next attempt at passing this unfair legislation.
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We’ve heard Pandora complain it pays too much in royalties to make a profit. (Of course, we also watched Pandora raise $235 million in its IPO and double its listeners in the last two years.)
But a business that exists to deliver music can’t really complain that its biggest cost is music. You don’t hear grocery stores complain they have to pay for the food they sell.
Netflix pays more for movies than Pandora pays for music, but they aren’t running to Congress for a bailout. Everyone deserves the right to be paid a fair market rate for their work, regardless of what their work entails.
This point about “you don’t hear grocery stores complain they have to pay for the food they sell” is an excellent point. You – yes, you – want “free” music. You want everything on the interwebz for free.
And thus the companies who’s cocks you suck seek ways to give what you want to you for free. In the process they fuck over the creators.
And you just keep sucking the cocks while whining about how you can’t get paid for that which you create and put on the internet. You are oblivious to the root cause of your problem. Which is you.
Welcome to Bitcloud
Bitcloud is a universal protocol aiming to provide a massive distributed database and filesystem, or “virtual hard disk”, capable of storing data encrypted and signed across all connected nodes, protecting privacy and guaranteeing quality of service (QoS).
Bitcloud can be the base for decentralized applications that require data storage and bandwidth. There are many Bitcoin 2.0 projects in the works right now, but they all still rely on some type of blockchain. In Bitcloud, the blockchain is replaced by a distributed database, also known as the nodepool. Bitcloud creates a new decentralized system of trust where entire web applications can be hosted without a centralized server.
Bitcloud is coin agnostic, meaning that it only intends to be the base for the storage needs of future Distributed Applications (DAs). Bitcloud can use the escrow capabilities of Bitcoin and/or the contracts of Ethereum. Bitcloud intends to substitute the way in which servers interconnect today and make it much easier, more secure and more private for users, publishers and DAs to share files. It will be fundamental for the upcoming DAs.
Whether you’re watching videos from YouTube or listening to music on Soundcloud, you’re getting all of your content through one centralized source. That centralized source could decide to delete certain content or be forced to delete controversial content by a local government. The core principles behind the applications built on top of Bitcloud are decentralization, complete autonomy, open source, and the choice of anonymity.