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madpeon
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« on: September 11, 2008, 10:27:16 PM »

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080911-copyright-bill-blasted-as-enormous-gift-to-big-content.html

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I'd be furious to know that I'm paying for the prosecution of IP violators knowing that the MPAA/RIAA are receiving the settlements. How in the world does it make sense?

On a related note, Joe Biden sits on the Senate Judiciary Committe, so it'll be interesting to me to see what his thoughts are on this bill.
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2008, 12:48:55 AM »

Quote from: madpeon on September 11, 2008, 10:27:16 PM

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080911-copyright-bill-blasted-as-enormous-gift-to-big-content.html

Thoughts?

I'd be furious to know that I'm paying for the prosecution of IP violators knowing that the MPAA/RIAA are receiving the settlements. How in the world does it make sense?

On a related note, Joe Biden sits on the Senate Judiciary Committe, so it'll be interesting to me to see what his thoughts are on this bill.

Biden's been up the ass of the RIAA for years now, so I'm sure he'll support it.  It's one of the issues on which I think he's simply wrong. 

It's a shitty bill, but it'll pass because it's more corporate welfare at the expense of Joe Citizen.  If there's been one universal truth about our Government for the last 30 years, it's that corporate interests always prevail over the little guy.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2008, 02:35:15 PM »

I've only read the linked-to summary, but the second one sounds more-or-less fine.   The sort of international IP issues it seems to address are valid trade issues, so I can't see why they shouldn't be accounted for.  They shouldn't be given undue weight, obviously, but I really don't think we're going to cut off diplomatic realtions with China over bootlegging textbooks and Harry Potter novels.

Only the "developing country assistance" part seems a bit lame.  If we wanted to give a poor nation more favorable trade terms if they respected US copyrights, patents, trademarks, whatever, fine.  But this:

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building, activities designed to increase awareness of intellectual property rights, and training for officials responsible for enforcing intellectual property rights in the developing country.

will likely end up in a lot of wasted money.   As will that first piece of legislation.

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008, 11:12:59 PM »

I imagine the law will go up against some pretty stout legal challenges on their first attempts to enact it against American consumers. 

As for the learning, I bring you the return of Don't Copy That Floppy.
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