Skip to comments.Bills to Stop Web Piracy Invite a Protracted Battle
Posted on 01/16/2012 3:36:11 AM PST by abb
When the Obama administration announced on Saturday its opposition to major elements of two Congressional bills intended to curtail copyright violations on the Internet, the technology industry, which has been loudly fighting the proposed legislation, could declare victory.
But few people in Silicon Valley or Hollywood consider the battle over.
The Motion Picture Association of America, which represents Hollywood studios and is a principal proponent of the antipiracy legislation, suggested that it would continue to push the administration to approve a modified version of the bills, known as the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. Look forward to @whitehouse playing a constructive role in moving forward on #sopa & #pipa, the association posted on its Twitter feed Saturday night.
Some leaders of the movie industry were not as diplomatic. The chief executive of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, in a flurry of Twitter messages in the hours after the White House announcement, accused President Obama of capitulating to the technology industry. So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery, he posted on his Twitter feed.
The antipiracy bills presented a difficult test to a young, disorganized and largely politically inactive technology industry. It is unclear that companies like Facebook and Google, left to themselves, could have swayed members of Congress or the White House without using the Internet to marshal opposition from technologists, entrepreneurs and computer-adept consumers. Opposition came from a vast spectrum, including computer security specialists who worried about a provision to tinker with Internet addresses and venture capitalists who feared the legislation would thwart the innovation of technology start-ups.
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Can’t zer() just Executive Order this in for the MPAA? Maybe, he could do it while he deemed the Senate or the House or both were in Recess... like Recess legislation? If they don’t vote, he could just Deem it passed. It’s the Slaughterhouse way.
If Congress won’t act, I know he will!
It is impossible to control piracy in a networked digital age!
These idiots would know this if they had better than a room temperature IQ.
All they are doing is accelerating the evolution of inscrutable means of data exchange.
Once the totally secure methods are developed they will become common knowledge and spread like wildfire.
To stop the use of secure, anonymous data exchange they would need to control encryption, the right to privacy, the way the internet functions, free speech, the end-user hardware....etc etc.
They are doomed!
Traditional copyright simply cannot exist once a technology like the internet exists.
A few decades from now the same crisis will be reborn when people can replicate nearly any device or object at home using advanced 3d printing technology.
The biggest problem with SOPA/PIPA is that it puts the Federal government directly into the business of determining what is allowed on the public Internet--a clear violation of the Free Speech clause of the First Amendment. In fact, any Federal judge in their right mind would declare SOPA/PIPA unconstitutional in essentially no time flat.
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Did you actually mean to write that? LOL (^;
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