State Of The Union Address Highlights The Dirty Trick Of Hiding More Draconian IP Rules In 'Trade Agreements'

from the keep-up dept

As we've been discussing, it's great that the anti-SOPA/PIPA protests have awakened many to the horrors of ACTA. It seems that this may also help people finally learn about the nefarious practice of industry trade groups and governments to sneak bad IP legislation through "international agreements." With President Obama mentioning the importance of trade agreements and dealing with infringement in his State of the Union address, many people were wondering if it was a signal about SOPA/PIPA.

However, as Harold Feld explains, it's much more likely he's talking about these new international agreements and treaties, like ACTA and (the even worse) TPP agreement that's currently being negotiated (in secrecy, of course). Feld also highlights how these things always "ratchet up." He points to the infamous US-Korea Free Trade Agreement ("KOROUS"). The agreement, which had a lot to do with protectionism for Hollywood, rather than actual free trade, was held up for years as the kind of "good" trade agreement that the US should be negotiating with others. In fact, when complaints about ACTA first came out, the USTR kept saying that ACTA was merely modeled on the "successful" KOROUS agreement. Of course, the impact of that agreement has been pretty bad in Korea -- leading to an extreme increase in secondary liability for internet service providers, making it tougher to do business and causing them to shut off useful features. And all of this despite the fact that the Korean entertainment industry was thriving by adapting to a changing market.

But, as Feld points out, the efforts behind SOPA and PIPA show that the same entertainment industry who insisted that the trade agreement with Korea was so perfect, is now whining that the agreement is "too weak." And, apparently, that's why we need TPP. To make an already bad agreement much worse.

The good news here is that the public is becoming aware of this practice of hiding bad rules in trade agreements and then demanding we change our laws to "meet international obligations." President Obama's message may not have been directly about SOPA/PIPA, but it was an unfortunate signal about the continued use of questionable "trade agreements" to not just force the rest of the world into bad and damaging (for their own economies) IP rules, but to then turn around and use them to ratchet things up back here in the US as well.

One thing that anyone just becoming aware of these fights needs to know: the entertainment industry lobby is very, very good at what they do, and they never put all their eggs in one basket. While they love pushing for ever more draconian federal laws, they're always working multiple angles, including international trade agreements, laws in foreign countries and... state laws around the US, which they can then leverage to get other states to follow suit. If SOPA/PIPA really fails on the federal level, you'll see the same ideas pop up in all of those other places. In fact, we're already hearing stories of such plans in all three things, which we'll be covering in the days and weeks ahead.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 3:56pm

    Political Mindsets

    "So... What is it? How does it work?"

    "Nevermind that shit; we've got to regulate it!"

     

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    vegetaman (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 3:58pm

    Re: Political Mindsets

    My bad, I forgot to sign in when I made that comment. Much like I forgot to mention the important step between the two quotes where people stuff politician's pockets with money.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 4:59pm

    Re: Political Mindsets

    "Nevermind that shit; here comes Mongo"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:10pm

    Tinfoil Hat Question

    Could it be possible that SOPA, PIPA and OPEN etc. are part of a coordinated campaign to distract the "Internet" from ACTA until it's too late? SOPA and its kin are bad, but from what I have read ACTA is worse.

     

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    Beech, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:16pm

    Too late

    that would be weird since the US has "signed" (questionable constitutionally)ACTA already. Of course I recognize that the US isnt the be all and end all of the universe and maybe they're pushing those laws through to distract people in other countries, but wouldnt it make more sense to push the distracting laws in the countries that have yet to sign?

    I'm of the belief that the SOPA/PIPA push was indeed a big loss for the **AAAs (the extra A is for A-hole), but that they'll be back in short order and end up getting what they want in a much sneakier manner, or at least trying.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:26pm

    Re: Tinfoil Hat Question

    SOPA, PIPA and OPEN are the direct result of ACTA, they are not a distraction they are the manifestation of that agreement being implemented. Fortunetely people blocked it.
    So ACTA is still toothless at the moment.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:29pm

    IP isn't going away.

    If you're smart, you'll go to the table and work with the creative industries and work out your differences before government does it for you.

    The tech industry is not going to be allowed to hold captive IP holders and make them their serfs. It isn't going to happen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:31pm

    People should really read the IFPI: Digiral Music Report of 2012.

    There is a preview of what is to come, like cellphone monitoring, web censorship, deputizing of ISP's, Internet companies, telcos, banks, financial institutions, 3 strikes, more criminalizing of acts that are today legal.

    That report is the roadmap to hell.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:37pm

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    Your ilk aren't in a position to demand anything. You've awoken the sleeping dragon and you're going to pay for it.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:39pm

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    Considering just one of the top ten tech companies could buy all of the record labels and studios. I thought you might have swapped some words ...

    The Content industry is not going to be allowed to hold captive the Tech industry and make them their serfs. It isn't going to happen.

    There FTFY.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:57pm

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    Considering just one of the top ten tech companies could buy all of the record labels and studios.

    uh no. Might want to check yer figures there, pal...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 5:58pm

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    lol. dream on.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 6:06pm

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    "It's not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated."

    President Obama- SOTU speech 1/24/12

     

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    Rekrul, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 6:17pm

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    IP isn't going away.

    If you're smart, you'll go to the table and work with the creative industries and work out your differences before government does it for you.

    The tech industry is not going to be allowed to hold captive IP holders and make them their serfs. It isn't going to happen.


    Yes, because we all know that the world has to revolve around the entertainment industry. Frankly, I don't see why the various governments of the world don't just simply hand of their countries over to Hollywood. I'm sure we'd all be much better off with them making the rules. Get rid of all those illegal infringement devices like the VCR/DVR, iPod, Netflix...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 6:21pm

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    I suppose if internet companies weren't so dependent on the entertainment industry's content, they wouldn't have to worry.

    But they are, aren't they?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 6:48pm

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    IP will go away that is not a question of if but when.
    in 40 years all that people you pissed off will be taking office somewhere and they will remember vividly what a monopoly is all about.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 6:49pm

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    The one that nobody respects right now?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 6:50pm

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    They are not dependent, it is the reverse.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:08pm

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    Nope, monopolist are dependent on the internet for their survival now, is not like if you people disappeared it would make a difference you are not vital for the survival of the human race you know, now communication, sharing those are foundations of society.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:10pm

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    IP isn't going away today, maybe not tomorrow but it will go away, the reason is simple people need that space that is being right now occupied by social leeches that call themselves content/patent owners, and people will get it one way or the other.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:17pm

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    Imagine what Google could do to the entertainment industry if they have spent the 11 billion dollars in producing content instead of having to buy patents LoL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:23pm

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    I suggest you stop bullying creators, or you'll wake up to a world where music, movies etc have moved to a closed platform- leaving the internet to produce their own "content". For all those people that love cat videos...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:23pm

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    At the very least they can buy more politicians than the entertainment industry can.

    How many politicians the industry can bribe?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:25pm

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    Don't you have some politician to bribe somewhere?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:27pm

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    They are legion. I mean, everyone loves cat videos. And there are so many of them!

    Did you know that YouTube receives over one hour of video footage every second!

    That's so many cat videos. And so many people watch them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:28pm

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    Please do so, the interwebz will be forever greatful that you idiots are out of it.

    Please go far away from the internet and die.

    How can I bully you people more?
    Tell me I want to know.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:31pm

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    Here I even will help you find open source tools that are free and can help you clean the internet of your filth.

    Get every service provider to use AcousticID to filter things out.

     

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    SuperiorAnonymousCoward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:31pm

    So SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, OPEN, PCFIPA, TPP and others not yet named/discovered.
    Great,

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:40pm

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    Do you need image fingerprinting too?

    Here muppet.

    A robust image fingerprinting system using the Radon transform

    Now remove all your filth from my beloved internet now!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:49pm

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    Thanks for all the quotes, guys. I'm forwarding this page to my Senators.

    It's important they know how you really feel.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:56pm

    Obama is so going to lose the election playing both side of the fence.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 8:09pm

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    The only question left about the election is how wide Obama's margin of victory will be.

     

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    Loki, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 8:38pm

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    IP isn't going away.

    You know, I've seen/heard people in power tell the people they control (or think they control) thoughtout most of recorded history. That's very much the attitude a bunch of priveledged nobility gave a colinists in the mid 1700's. In the end it's not going to work for you anymore than it worked for them.



    If you're smart, you'll go to the table and work with the creative industries and work out your differences before government does it for you.

    Yeah, the tech industry and the general public (at least those who were aware of the issue) offered, asked, almost pleaded for a seat at the table when they negotiated ACTA. They did the same with SOPA/PIPA. Your ptrecious IP industry gave us the finger and told us to kiss their collective ass. They insisted that it was all going to be on their term, end of story.

    So now that they have discovered they aren't the all powerful wizards they convinved themselves they were, and have been exposed as hacks behing a curtain, NOW they want to deal? I DON'T THINK SO. You will not treat me like shit when you think you have the upper hand and the expect me to compromise when you suddenly discover it is YOU on the defensive.

    No I will not negotiate.
    No I will not compromise.
    You were offered the opportunity time and again when you had (or thought you had) the high ground, so you're just going to have to deal with the consequences now.


    The tech industry is not going to be allowed to hold captive IP holders and make them their serfs. It isn't going to happen.

    You seem to be mistaken. It's the IP industry trying to hold people captive and make everyone their serfs. IP has become just a twisted form of welfare, these days, and like welfare, some of you people choose to vastly abuse the system. Well, your about to be taken off the bottle, so start getting used to it.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 8:39pm

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    It's not like the tech industry doesn't hold a few shiploads of IP as well,so we know that eventually the situation will have top be worked out.

    Come to it, the tech industry is holding no one capitve. That the "content industry" can't or won't adapt to reality is no reason to change reality to suit them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 8:52pm

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    There is no such thing as an "IP Industry" any more than there is a "Negotiable Instruments Industry", a "Tort Industry", etc., and the sooner people disabuse themselves of this and other similar terms the sooner relevant discussions can move forward.

    IP, a term I believe is terribly misleading, only adds ambiguity to discussions since it is merely a reference to a body of law, and nothing else.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 8:58pm

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    Gee, isn't that what they're trying to get with ACTA, SOPA/PIPA and that sort of thing?

    And what makes you think the Internet can't or won't step up to fill the hole left?

    It could start to get real lonely in that closed, walled garden no one can get into or out of. So why produce content no one will ever see?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:00pm

    "Horrors of ACTA" is an opinion that has always given me a measure of discomfort because it is not based upon a substantive understanding of law, but is in my view much more in the nature of a policy argument.

    The horror stories about the provisions in ACTA as a matter of substantive law are simply inaccurate. It is, however, quite fair game to question whether or not the policies associated with ACTA are appropriate.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:01pm

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    Feeling has nothing to do with these issues.

    Economics does.

    The current content industries want to legislate inefficiency into distribution markets through IP and copyright. History has proven efficiency will always win. It benefits both the producers and consumers.

    If a company does not take advantage of what new technology has to offer, there is some other company in the wings who will. And there are plenty of other content producers out there.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:09pm

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    No, you might want to check on your figures. Remember, Apple is the most valuable and capitalized company on earth and Google, Microsoft and many other tech companies aren't far behind.

    The figures are accurate.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:10pm

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    And please tell me just where this dependency on the entertainment industries products are our there on the Web.

    Just askin'

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:12pm

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    Hey, if you commit suicide, maybe your Senators will pass more anti-bullying laws.

    Go for it!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:22pm

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    And what makes you think the Internet can't or won't step up to fill the hole left?

    Maybe they will. I've already seen what that would look like:

    http://www.soundclick.com/default.cfm

    Have fun with that if it became your only choice.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:28pm

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    Content industries treat IP more like theology. People who preach it seem to say "Because I believe in this imaginary thing, it must be true and everyone who doesn't believe like me must be wrong."

    Praise IP!

    If you don't believe in IP you're going to hell (or jail; thank you Kim Dotcom).

    One nation under IP!

     

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    Ed C., Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:29pm

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    Yeah...call me cynical, but ain't it awfully convenient for the media industry that all of the stupid IP BS like software patents and import bans have kept most of the tech industries too busy to pay much attention to what had been going on in Washington. These "trade agreements" are only going to fan the flames too. Nice how that works out, ain't it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:42pm

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    Wow, the opening line of the report is "A digital world that rewards artists and creators" When the whole paper is focused on protecting the recording industries current business model. The IFPI has some major Whoooosh! going on in terms who they should support.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:45pm

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    Though I have to admit the pictures made me smile.... They're classic!

     

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    Ed C., Jan 25th, 2012 @ 9:51pm

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    Nice try, but with the number of creators scrambling to get the fuck out of the legacy gatekeepers' "walked gardens" increasing by the day, good luck trying to convince customers to keep paying again for retreads of the same tired schlock. The old guard had their chance to do it right, but they blew it--and blew it big. Now, the tide is turning, and it's pointless to fight it. No matter how many competitors they get congress to nuke, it will no nothing to stem the flood--customers and creators who leave at this point are NOT coming back. In fact, the more they tighten their grip, the more creators and customers will slip through their fingers.

     

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    Ed C., Jan 25th, 2012 @ 10:10pm

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    In fact, the tech industry could hold the media industry captive, if they really pushed it. Who holds the "IP" for the digital cameras that Hollywood needs? The tech industry. Who holds the "IP" for the digital mixers that the labels need? The tech industry. Who holds the "IP" for the hardware and software that just about all creators depend upon for their livelihood? The tech industry. Who holds the "IP" for the internet infrastructure? The tech industry. Seriously, are NOT the guys big media want's to piss off.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 10:25pm

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    You can also find Jamendo and Magnatune can't you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 10:28pm

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    No what there is, is a lot of fat cats that have become addicted to the monopoly they illegally gained by bribing people in congress without the input of the whole of society.

    IP laws are at the front and center of all this debate they are the very reason censorship laws are being proposed because now the old laws don't work so good and neither will new ones, but I want to see any person inside society that will be willing to give up freedom and democracy for IP holders.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 10:30pm

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    The ones you bribed or the ones you are courting?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 10:41pm

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    What exactly is inaccurate about the ACTA hype today?

    People warned everybody that it was bad,, we all saw it and understood what it meant and how it would be implemented in our own countries.

    The long tail goes like this:

    Monopoly ▶▶ Copyright ▶▶ ACTA ▶▶ SOPA/PIPA/OPEN ▶▶ Censorship ▶▶ Harm to market competition = Erosion of democracy/reduction of economic activity.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 10:47pm

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    This coming from the guy that:

    - Takes pride in the fact that his people can buy politicians.
    - Keeps saying to everyone to trust him and inumerous times was proven wrong.
    - Supports a monopoly.
    - Supports censorship.
    - Supports erosion of the legal system for self serving reasons.

    Oh that is just reach, what was that you said about SOPA again?

    Was it not "Trust me, SOPA will pass and you freetards are screwed!" was not you saying all that BS?

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Jan 25th, 2012 @ 11:13pm

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    One nation under IP!

    Please, at least include a version number. And it would be better to say "One nation under IPv6!" because the number of IP addresses in IPv4 are just about all used up.

    At least you didn't say "One nation under LANE!" or we would have had to giggle derisively at you.

     

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    Joe Perry (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 12:48am

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    We're not bullying creators. If we're "bullying" anyone it's corporate shills and media gatekeepers that use their accounting methods and control over the industry and lawmakers to make a huge profit off of their artists while only sharing the profit with a select few big names, whom they decide on. If we were bullying the content creators there wouldn't be musicians and authors coming out against SOPA/PIPA.

    https://www.cdt.org/report/list-organizations-and-individuals-opposing-sopa has a short list of 24 about a third of the way down the page, and this blog has pointed to others who have come out against those bills.

    Also, way to completely dismiss artists that aren't part of the current system. That's cool. There are plenty of good content creators who primarily use the internet to independently distribute their works, whether it be for free or at a premium.

    This discussion has never been about protecting creators, or whether people will create in the future. There will always be artists as long as there is intelligent life, because people make art for the love of art. It was done that way for a long time before copyright laws and it will continue to happen in the future no matter what. This is about enormous marketing/production industries holding on to old methods of distribution and not giving their consumers what they want. They have tried to hold technology back at every turn and have continuously failed. This time will be no different. Even if they win this battle, as technology makes production less expensive and people learn to use the internet to market for almost no cost they will lose in the end.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2012 @ 2:34am

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    You don't think the Internet blackout - or, for that matter, anything we do here - count for anything. If that's the case, what's a screenshot of this page going to do?

    While you're at it, how about forwarding some pages about Chris Dodd. You know, the ones where he said that he'll stop paying MPs if they stop being his lapdogs.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2012 @ 3:17am

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    I didn't need a definition of the economic landscape of the 19th century wild west, but thanks anyway.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2012 @ 3:23am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    nah, dude. Your defense of piracy was exactly like the Arab Spring.

    fer sure.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 4:11am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    And the smart ones will see you for who you are and give you a time out.

    "I'm telling. waaah"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2012 @ 4:21am

    Re: Re:

    He's not going to win. I'm not sure who will but Obama has broken (smashed) so many promises that would have made our government great.
    He's just as bad as the Congresscritters he yells at.
    Arresting people in the dark of the night, taxing the wealthy at 30%, etc, These are just empty promises to get ppl to vote for him.

    So far, he's been one of the most dishonest politicians we have had, ever.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2012 @ 4:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    What does Arab Spring have to do with this? Supporters of SOPA were only too happy to dismiss Internet protests as minority. Based on that perspective, what difference do you think a screenshot of Techdirt commentary is going to do, since it came from the minority that wasn't espected to do much, eh?

     

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    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 5:06am

    Definition of 'Industry Lifecycle

    A concept relating to the different stages an industry will go through, from the first product entry to its eventual decline. There are typically five stages in the industry lifecycle. They are defined as:

    i. Early Stages Phase - alternative product design and positioning, establishing the range and boundaries of the industry itself.

    ii. Innovation Phase - Product innovation declines, process innovation begins and a "dominant design" will arrive.

    iii. Cost or Shakeout Phase - Companies settle on the "dominant design"; economies of scale are achieved, forcing smaller players to be acquired or exit altogether. Barriers to entry become very high, as large-scale consolidation occurs.

    iv. Maturity - Growth is no longer the main focus, market share and cash flow become the primary goals of the companies left in the space.

    v. Decline - Revenues declining; the industry as a whole may be supplanted by a new one.

    http://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/industrylifecycle.asp#ixzz1kZLPLo3v

     

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    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 5:13am

    I have a question...The Game Industry

    Where is the game industry? I haven't heard much from the game industry during the whole debate or companies in the game industry.

    I wonder if that is because they are still in the innovation stage?

     

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    Zane Stuart (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 6:24am

    Re: Tinfoil Hat Question

    I've wondered the same. In hind sight SOPA /PIPA almost seems like a smoke screen. "Hey, look over here. Never mind the man behind the screen". Of course some form of SOPA/PIPA will eventually rear it's ugly head in the US Congress again...

     

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    kirillian (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 6:31am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Cry more about spilled milk. Instead of worrying about the few dollars you're losing through piracy, why don't you worry about the customers you're turning away through your incessant stupidity? It's been shown time and time and time again (Google it. You're not worth my time to do so if you want citations) that piracy has little if ANY negative effect and more than likely has a strong positive effect that is difficult to measure. There's no reason to penalize us for your stupidity and laziness. That's what this boils down to.

     

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    jose (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 7:02am

    ACTA and Wikipedia

    ACTA says:

    To protect electronic rights management information,16 each Party shall provide
    adequate legal protection and effective legal remedies against any person knowingly
    performing without authority any of the following acts knowing, or with respect to civil
    remedies, having reasonable grounds to know, that it will induce, enable, facilitate, or
    conceal an infringement of any copyright or related rights:

    (a) to remove or alter any electronic rights management information;
    (b) to distribute, import for distribution, broadcast, communicate, or make
    available to the public copies of works, performances, or phonograms,
    knowing that electronic rights management information has been
    removed or altered without authority

    My question is : Is wikipedia in danger because of this article? or is this article only attacking sites dedicated to infringing IP??

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 7:21am

    "One thing that anyone just becoming aware of these fights needs to know: the entertainment industry lobby is very, very good at what they do, and they never put all their eggs in one basket. While they love pushing for ever more draconian federal laws, they're always working multiple angles, including international trade agreements, laws in foreign countries and... state laws around the US, which they can then leverage to get other states to follow suit. If SOPA/PIPA really fails on the federal level, you'll see the same ideas pop up in all of those other places."

    This takes a lot of money. Quit giving it to them.

     

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    The_Merovingian, Jan 26th, 2012 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re: Tinfoil Hat Question

    ACTA is not toothless, it's a completely different beast. It's not so much about censoring the net as it is about forming an "international gang" that would give gang members the ability to enforce their own laws in other countries, as well as giving these countries the ability to "gang up" on other, non-conforming nations. IP holders are usually able to go after infringers in their own country, however ACTA will broaden that ability to the rest of the world (essentially giving groups like RIAA and MPAA global powers).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2012 @ 11:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You make it sound like that would be a bad thing.

     

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    DH's Love Child (profile), Jan 26th, 2012 @ 11:23am

    Re: Re:

    Problem here is that it really doesn't matter who gets elected. The real question is which special interest group will win the bidding war.

     

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