Netflix has said that only Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, and Verizon demanded interconnection payments. Other ISPs let Netflix connect for free and, in some cases, host video storage boxes inside their networks to improve performance for customers.
The announcement should come as no surprise. Last year, the MPAA urged theater operators to crack down on movie piracy with the use of night-vision goggles, security cameras, and low-light binoculars. The MPAA’s “Best Practices to Prevent Film Theft” also urged theater operators to perform “random bag and jacket checks” of patrons and to “look for the unusual.”
As the Constitution states, the ultimate purpose of copyright protection is the spread of knowledge. A lot of the debate over copyright is carried on using the examples of famous novels and popular songs (as in this article). But people aren’t going to stop writing and reading novels, or making and listening to music. The analog-era industries will find—they are already in the process of finding—a sounder business model.