Thursday, September 25, 2008

My new business

(I've had this as a drat for a long time, I just wanted to push it out, so .. this is an "AS-IS"article) This is a farce letter to the government posted in response to this article.

Dear government,
I represent the Union of Mind Examiners better known as UoME. We have been selling devices to scan minds and to help people deal with all sorts of issues like anti-telepath warfare and aliens. It has come to our attention that we can no longer sell these items because people have become to informed, they know to much about scams. They believe our product to be produced by shysters. Our Business model can no longer work, so we need you to create an artificial market in which to sell our devices. Our market can only work if you help us enforce it.

I've seen how you work and understand how we can integrate our model into your methods. Much like the music and movie industries we wish to stop selling physical items, and start selling information the stuff we are selling is already covered by copyright laws, but we want to complicate things by incorporating complicated encryption schemes. We know these schemes will prevent hacking into our copyrighted stuff, but we need you to enact laws that will make it a federal offense for people to break our copy protection.

I think these ideas will work well, and when we come up with new stuff well market it in a similar manner.

Thank you,
UoME

So I wrote this to convey the idea of what I feel is a craptastic way to do business, to artificially inflate a small gap in the market that you can fill.

The MPAA wants to create a new market. This is of course my opinion. The MPAA is trying to create a new market. They might defend that the market was always there. It might have been, I haven't researched it entirely. What I do know is that recording pay per view movies has been around for a while, and they have yet to go out of business. Sounds to me like their business is working fine. They are making efforts to petitions the government to prop up their business model. Its simple math - if it costs us 800billion to buy off uncle sam, and it helps us make 80billion a year this step will pay for itself in 10 years. .. so then uncle sam steps in and says well we should tax this new market so we can make some off the top as well - the industry refuses to loose money so they push the taxes onto the consumer...

I'm getting increasingly annoyed at the governments interference in business. When I grew up I was tought that a government protects the rights of its people, and allows the people to have representation of those rights. They are no longer protecting people - they are protecting big business. I can understand the need to protect the economy, but instead of enforcing that an market doesn't die they could just enforce that market doesn't die quickly - at this point they've fixed so many holes they are running out of little dutch boys faster than the diocese

A couple of things in the past few weeks have disturbed me. The idea that a company can have a business model that once a caveat is found, and flaws in that model are discovered that threaten it in the least. They can petition government to make criminals out of the people they represent.

Second is that when a new marketable idea is discovered. If this idea is good enough to threaten established businesses and make them loose billions of dollars uncle sam steps in and plugs the hole - by forcing a person to purchase an item from a manufacturer there by allowing that company time to maintain their market share - ( natural gas vehicle conversion ) In this document it simply states that if you convert your vehicle to natural gas - you are tampering with a government regulated emissions system, and you must pay 5000$/per day of violation.

bah.. so you think they do that to protect our safety, or do you think some big business rep came in and decided that they should "take the stance, of regulated emissions tampering" ?

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