they may never be able to truly defeat
piracy and drive it from the lurking depths of the internet,
copyright protection attack-dog organizations like the RIAA and MPAA
have long dreamed of the day when they would no longer have to pay
for their own copyright enforcement. Now that dream is on
the verge of coming true, thanks to the Obama administration.After
countless lobbyist dollars from the music and film industry and a
brief "public review", the administration rolled out its
vision to fight piracy yesterday afternoon. U.S. Vice
President Joe Biden -- whose blunt speech has sometime left
him in trouble -- did not mince words.He states,
"This is theft, clear and simple. It's smash and
grab, no different than a guy walking down Fifth Avenue and smashing
the window at Tiffany's and reaching in and grabbing what's in the
window."The sound-byte comparing downloads to stealing
jewels from New York City's finest jeweler quickly lit up the
web. Bob Pisano, interim chief executive officer at the
Motion Picture Association of America praised the VP, "It
is especially critical that the United States has an effective
framework for protecting creative content online and enforcing
intellectual property rights in the digital environment."According
to the Obama administration, the RIAA, and MPAA, the world economy is
pretty much doomed if we don't start prosecuting pirates at home and
abroad. Without such a crackdown, businesses will go bankrupt
the coalition argues. Biden states, "Piracy hurts, it
hurts our economy."Interestingly, the statements seem to
fly in the face of a recent Government
Accountability Office study released to U.S. Congress
earlier this year, which concluded that there is virtually no
evidence for the claimed million dollar losses by the entertainment
industry. That study suggested that piracy could even benefit the
economy.Another noteworthy study from three years back notes
that virtually every
citizen violates intellectual property laws in some way on a daily
basis.The White House press release was full of buzz
phrases, but short on details. It did however indicate that the
U.S. government may increasingly monitor filesharing networks and
BitTorrent sites and assist media groups in their prosecution/threat
letter efforts. It speaks of improved "law enforcement
efforts at the Federal, state and local level."The
biggest effort, though, will be devoted to cracking down on piracy
websites in the U.S. and overseas. The administration was short
on details of how exactly it would convince piracy-loving
nations like China to change their ways, but it did say it
would try to do so by "being as public as we possibly can"
about infringement.The press release states, "As we
shine the spotlight on foreign governments that have rogue actors
doing illicit business within their borders, it's the government's
responsibility to respond."Such efforts have shown mild
success. After lots of threats against the Swedish government
by the U.S., the European Union nation finally tried admins with the nation's largest torrent site The Pirate Bay last year and found
them guilty. The trial was later exposed to be a perversion
of the justice system, with the judge who gave the verdict have
multiple ties to copyright protection organizations. The
verdict -- $3M USD in damages and a year of hard prison time for the
admins -- is currently being appealed.The White House's
vision is perhaps a prelude to the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement, which will go before Congress later this year.
The bill would make P2P or BitTorrent client development a criminal
offense if the distributed software was used for infringement.
It also implements an interesting provision called "imminent
infringement", which allows the government to charge people who
they think might be about to infringe with a civil offense (for
example if you searched "torrent daft punk"). This is
among the first official "thought crime" provisions to be
proposed by the U.S. government. The bill also makes it
offense to bypass DRM.Ultimately, it should be
interesting to see how American taxpayers react to President Obama's
decision to spend their money on efforts to prosecute them and try to
choke out piracy at home and abroad, particularly when the current
evidence is inconclusive of its effects. One thing's for sure,
though. Top politicians on both
the aisle are firmly behind the music and movie industry anti-piracy
and money-collection efforts.
quote: Damn it feels good to be a gangstaGettin voted into the white houseEverything lookin good to the people of the worldBut the MAFIA(A) family is my boss
quote: i simply cannot afford to purchase everything
quote: Then don't buy it.
quote: But don't use the product without paying for it.
quote: What you are looking for is a rental system. Like Blockbuster, Netflix, OnDemand, PayPerView, RedBox, iTunes, XBOX Live, etc. You could even see it at a theater if $19 is too much to pay.
quote: Gotta be a lesson in there somewhere...
quote: Then don't buy it. But don't use the product without paying for it.
quote: If he doesn't love that girl, he may as well rape her.
quote: I take it you're one of those people cannot grasp basic economics and seriously believes "copyright infringement is theft"?
quote: However having no repercussions absolutely will have negative economic effects and it will further erode the quality since it is cheaper to churn out clone format crap and do remakes than make new material
quote: If there were absolutely no ramifications to the actions do you really believe that the vast majority of people would still pay anything for something they can get for free?
quote: Since the statutorily defined property rights of a copyright holder have a character distinct from the possessory interest of the owner of simple "goods, wares, [or] merchandise," interference with copyright does not easily equate with theft, conversion, or fraud. The infringer of a copyright does not assume physical control over the copyright nor wholly deprive its owner of its use. Infringement implicates a more complex set of property interests than does run-of-the-mill theft, conversion, or fraud.
quote: Except that it won't and doesn't unless you count the crap sequels the studios are making.
quote: People will pay more if they get more enjoyment from those things - if they got to hear all the songs an artist has and likes them more because of it, they'll be willing to pay more for concert tickets
quote: The real problem is good willed people are pirating because they refuse to pay for the price demanded. If the price were lowered to reasonable levels, these people would pay retail.
quote: There's a good reason why nearly every single human on Earth pirates, and it's because we feel like we're getting wallet-raped on every single transaction.
quote: It's to be expected. The US is a corporocracy (is that a word?). The administration in power at any given time wouldn't dare bite the hand that feeds him.
quote: It's to be expected. The US is a corporocracy (is that a word?). Obama wouldn't dare bite the hand that feeds him.
quote: And it's consumers that feed the corporations.
quote: Here is content you legally own ...
quote: huge majority is downloaded because it's not worth watching
quote: a : the act of stealing; specifically : the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it b : an unlawful taking (as by embezzlement or burglary) of property
quote: 1 : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as a : to seize or capture physically
quote: And to back up that definition:http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taking1 : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as a : to seize or capture physically
quote: I can't afford so I will justify by taking.
quote: But wait! It's a two party system and it is now becoming obvious that BOTH parties are in the pocket of the RIAA and MPAA lobbyists.
quote: Well, you know the rules...like the french in 1789, if the government is shitting on the people and there are no options (both parties are together on this), rebel and throw down the model...
quote: That pretty much speaks for itself. It is an interesting time, considering that now TWO states have rebelled against our President, starting with Arizona, now Louisiana. Who's next?
quote: Now I get to sit back and watch all the plebes come out crying about him, after they voted him into office. What a joke.
quote: Wow... You actually think that things would have been that much different under the GOP?
quote: According to the Obama administration, the RIAA, and MPAA, the world economy is pretty much doomed if we don't start prosecuting pirates at home and abroad.
quote: According to Biden, downloading an album is the equivalent of stealing a cd from a retail store. So, where does this ENORMOUS discrepancy come from in the civil suits? I'm sure someone wouldn't be sued for $150,000 if they stole a cd from the Universal store.
quote: ...pirating music is like petty retail theft.
quote: Up to and until you start copying and distributing perfect copies of the product that you stole. The problem with digital media is that it can be reproduced perfectly and distributed cheaply. Thus your theft could potentially be equated to the theft of MILLIONS of CD's.
quote: Eh? First of all I can't imagine even the most prolific sharers distribute "millions" of CDs. A few thousand -- maybe.
quote: A few thousand -- maybe.
quote: The White House press release was full of buzz phrases, but short on details.
quote: We're getting closer and closer to a socialist society with bigger government watching everything you do
quote: The bill would make P2P or BitTorrent client development a criminal offense if the distributed software was used for infringement.
quote: Ultimately, it should be interesting to see how American taxpayers react to President Obama's decision to spend their money on efforts to prosecute them and try to choke out piracy at home and abroad
quote: People who pay taxes can afford to spend ten bucks on a CD without whining about it.
quote: It is likely that if they are pirating music and movies that they are NOT paying taxes (not federal income taxes at least.) People who pay taxes can afford to spend ten bucks on a CD without whining about it.
quote: The White House's vision is perhaps a prelude to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which will go before Congress later this year. The bill would make P2P or BitTorrent client development a criminal offense if the distributed software was used for infringement.
quote: Such efforts have shown mild success. After lots of threats against the Swedish government by the U.S., the European Union nation finally tried the site's admins last year and found them guilty.
quote: The people who are in power know what is best for us, if they didn't then why would they be there?
quote: It's clear that most money that funds terrorism comes from Russia and that most piracy is done in Russia, hence it's a good move from the government. It would be even better if every computer sold was locked down so that only DRM items could be played we would all be safer and the terrorist's wouldn't have any more money and then we would all be safer and have more freedom.
quote: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uhmmm, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh, our education over here in the US should help the US, uh, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”
quote: The people who are in power know what is best for us...
quote: ... big companies.. are just looking out for us...
quote: It would be even better if every computer sold was locked down.. and then we would all be safer and have more freedom.
quote: Because if it were the same thing, thousands of people would be smashing the window at Tiffany's and reaching in and grabbing what's in the window.