DVDs for reasonable price

KMa s.r.o. – Levné knihy is a Czech publishing company specialized on publishing and selling cheap books, especially classic literature with expired copyrights. Now they publish cheap movies on DVDs as well, for a price of 3-4 €, that is about 1% of common salary here and easily affordable.

They publish various kinds of movies, including large selection of excellent movies by Ingmar Bergman and Akira Kurosawa. Thanks to them I can watch movies on DVDs for the first time now.

OSA can celebrate another victory

OSA (The Performing and Mechanical Rights Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) was successful again with their lobbying. The upgrade of Czech copyright law brings great news for them: While it’s now illegal to make any copies of a protected work (so you can’t make backup copies of your CDs anymore!), we not only still pay fees for each empty CD or DVD but the range of the taxed devices and media was extended. So the law either introduces pure taxes paid to an organization you have nothing to do with or it defines a priori compensation for criminal activities, paid by all the citizens. Both looks pretty absurd to me.

The problem is how to boycott this. Even if you ignore the bastards completely, i.e. don’t listen to their music, don’t watch their movies, etc., you still have to pay them in case you use photocopy services, buy DVD media, memory cards, music players, printers, recorders and other devices, regardless of the purpose you use them for (such as storing your own data or works).

Non-commercial broadcasting

Perhaps the first non-commercial TV broadcasting has started in Czech Republic about a month ago. It’s called TV Noe (Noah TV) and it’s a Christian broadcasting focusing on positive values and supposed to be financed mostly by voluntary contributions from its viewers and by broadcasting short messages from sponsors. Unlike other TV broadcasters in Czech Republic (including Czech public TV), TV Noe doesn’t broadcast advertisements. This model has already been successfully applied here for more 10 years by Radio Proglas, a Czech Christian radio sponsored almost completely by contributions from its listeners.

TV Noe currently broadcasts only through satellite and in proprietary video formats on Internet, so I can’t watch it. But I wish it success as it’s a unique and promising project here.