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Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Law, Politics, Science & Technology | 5 comments

Breaking: Reid Tables PIPA, Smith Tables SOPA

Congress has capitulated, at least temporarily. Both Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-NV) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) have tabled their “copyright piracy” bills, PIPA and SOPA, respectively.

But rest assured, these bills are NOT dead. This isn’t the first time rights holders have demanded political action and it won’t be the last.

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  • RP

    The only way the anti piracy is going to work is for those with something to protect is to keep up with technology and stop expecting government to protect them.

    This is the same as parents that work, are too tired to cook at night, go to a fast food restaurant 5 nights a week, feed their kids unhealthy food and then demand that government make the restaurants provide food that the restaurant never intended to sell.

    Take control of your products and your life and stop expecting government to be big brother. If you can not hire experts to design products that can not be produced illegally, then maybe you need to be in another business. And parents need to start fixing healthy meals at home and stop buying out every night!

  • The_Ohioan

    A friend had a College Math textbook published. He worked for 5 years getting it just right. Now it can be downloaded on the internet and he is out the royalties everytime it’s done.

    How could this be prevented, RP?

  • slamfu

    Its pretty hard to find experts to make a product that can’t be produced illegally. The pirates are quite sophisticated, often more so than the creators of products and their job is a lot easier.

    That being said, I don’t want Disney or any other entertainment company policing the intarwebs. The abuse that will generate is far more of an issue than piracy.

  • The funny thing is, these bills probably could be written in an acceptable way, with jury trials, court orders, and the normal trappings of the justice system, but the publishing side tried for too much.

    The big complaints weren’t about how the orders could be enforced, but the complete disregard for normal justice procedures to start the process.

    Also note that the big difference between these bills and the NDAA was the presence of a counter commercial interest.

  • Besides what Prof said, one of the other problems was trying to make the providers responsible for all the content posted on their sites by their users. The measures were so heavy-handed these businesses would probably just shut down as provide their service.

    These providers currently take (or at least should take) steps to remove pirated copy via the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. If they don’t make that attempt, then they should be shut down per a legal process (i.e. Megaupload).

    The physical corollary to SOPA/PIPA is walling off a city because someone is selling fake Rolex watches on a street corner. Wrong approach. Right approach is do an investigation and find the folks doing the selling and arrest them.

    As far as what to do about overseas sites, well, it’s time for the Commerce Department to work through various trade treaties to get that stuff in line. Perhaps that’s where Hollywood should put their focus.

    Or maybe they should get off their dead asses and develop business models in-line with the new age of media. Plenty of musicians are making decent livings in this day and age. Maybe they’re just pissed off they can’t control the industry anymore.

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