Piracy Czar Expected To Be As Successful As Other War Czars
from the we-winning-any-of-these-wars? dept
Late last year, Congress gave the President the right to create a position of intellectual property enforcement czar, more simply known as the "piracy czar." This wasn't too surprising, given the administrations willingness to equate file sharing to drugs and terrorism as one of the biggest problems faced by the country. So, it's really no surprise to see President Bush follow through and appoint a piracy czar, Chris Israel, who (oh, look at that) formerly worked at Time Warner. It sounds like the main point of the position is to focus on stopping counterfeit goods and knockoffs coming out of places like Asia -- but, the whole idea of setting up a piracy czar sets up the problem as a "war" that needs to be fought, rather than an issue that can be addressed in multiple ways. As has already become quite clear, what's commonly considered "piracy" (a misnomer, at best) when it comes to intellectual property can often be quite helpful to an industry. However, when you have a piracy czar whose stated goal is to reduce piracy to "zero," it completely wipes out any talk of more creative responses to the situation. The similarities to other such "wars" are pretty clear -- as is the expected success of this particular war.