Doc on Hollywood vs. Consumer Electronics

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Semi-speaking of which, a lot of the blinkage lately has been around Free (and/or Open) Media Management, a conversation involving Marc, Harold, Phil, Matt and others. Interesting stuff.

Add smart mobs, moblogging, Joi‘s many connections (I love following all the cool folks trekking like Pilgrims to Japan), and the stuff Sony is up to, and I get a sense that there’s a major change coming to everything touched by consumer electronics. The sides being taken lately by the Consumer Electronics Association are especially interesting. The break between the consumer electronics industry and Hollywood is wider than it looks, and will swell to oceanic dimensions as the differences in actual market involvement — conversations, again — become more extreme.

Dig this: the CEA supported Eldred, which, had it won, would have delivered a huge crater to Hollywood. Here’s Gary Shapiro, president & CEO of the CEA, on the Eldred decision:
It is simply unfair that companies who made their fortune taking works in the public domain and reformatting them for new technology are now preventing others from following the same business model… Congress took from the public and gave to Disney. And while most Justices recognized this was horrible public policy they also chose to find it Constitutional.

For decades the consumer electronics business was notoriously detached from its final customers (their actual customers were usually retailers such as Circuit City). For sport I used to write to the feedback link on Sony’s Web site, just to see how lifeless the response would be. The few responses I received basically all said “go away.” Now I look at the Sony feedback page, and I get the feeling that they’re finally taking some good advice.

Hollywood isn’t. That’s why they’ll lose.

Hmm… maybe they should change that label from Consumer Electronics to Smart Mob Electonics.