If you farm Monsanto’s genetically modified crops, you don’t own them — as farmers quickly learned when they did what farmers have done since the first furrow was plowed, namely, planted some of last year’s harvest seeds in this year’s fields. Then they discover that they only leased the right to grow and sell one season’s crops.
In other words, farmers no longer owned seeds. Rather, they leased them and were denied the right to replant because the crops contained patented self-reproducing intellectual technology.
What an incredible discovery: You could appear to sell some thing while retaining actual ownership — including the right to lend, lease, or sell the product in question.
In one generation, the farmer had been transformed from an independent producer into a dependent corporate semi-serf.
It was nothing less than a counterrevolution, a return to a sort of feudalism.
But the same thing happens already with recorded music, entertainment, and books — transformed from physical objects like vinyl, CDs, DVD, reels of film, audio- and videotape, and bound volumes into packets of digital data reproducible only as leased rights operating on proprietary platforms. Buyers cease to be owners, and lose the right to freely sell or trade what they think they’ve bought.
The more dependent we become, the more restrictive the rights.
Media customers, like farmers, have been transformed from owners to renters, all because the artificial construct that is the corporation, operating in cahoots with banksters, hopes to claim ownership of quite simply everything.
Once in a while people catch on. . .
Here’s an example, from Chris Suellentrop of the New York Times:
Microsoft has proposed limiting players’ ability to resell games that will be made for the Xbox One, due in stores in November. Companies that create games for Xbox One, Microsoft said, will be able effectively to prevent consumers from reselling the games by ensuring that the resold games no longer function on the console. No companies that create games have yet indicated that they will exercise this right.
This controversy led to the odd spectacle on Monday: At an industry event devoted to new games, there was raucous enthusiasm for the untrammeled right to sell and purchase old games.
Microsoft is promising new experiences with the Xbox One, which will require a constant Internet connection, because hundreds of thousands of machines in the cloud will enhance an individual console’s computational power. But players seem to be hearing only what is being taken away by Microsoft’s online monitoring of their gaming: the ability to resell or give away your games to whomever you choose, whenever you choose.
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But Microsoft is going Monsanto one better. The product you leased keeps track of your every mood and move.
From Benjy Sarlin of MSNBC:
Edward Snowden told the Washington Post last week that he leaked the National Security Agency’s top secret surveillance programs in part because he feared the Internet becoming “a TV that watches you.”
What to make, then, of an Internet-connected household computer that requires users to install a futuristic microphone and camera able to track their movement—and even heart rate and mood—in pitch black?
The device in question is Microsoft’s Xbox One, the much anticipated gaming console hitting the market this holiday season. And while its features promise an unprecedented level of interactivity for gaming, they’re fueling concerns among gamers that they could be used to spy on the family living room.
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What a corporate wet dream!
And since the Xbox One links online with a whole network of users, what a wonderful way for the folks at the NSA to a watchful eye on users.
The Germany’s data protection commissioner sees it as a surveillance device, as noted in this video from GS News:
Monsanto must be jealous.