Now you're making sense. The article's about a government agency, no sense is required or desired. Churchill said that a nation of 10,000 laws made people less respectful of the law. The US passes more than 10,000 annually, and many of those are redundant, often many times over.
Over 100 million in that quarter in lobbying by the recording industries. Spread evenly, that would divide to $150,000 per Congressman. I'm sure it was very surprising that they didn't get the laws they purchased.
Over 100 million in that quarter in lobbying by the recording industries. Spread evenly (of course it wasn't), that divides up to $150,000 per Congressman. I'm sure it was very surprising that they didn't get the laws they purchased.
They spent 100 million in a quarter to "lobby" for those bills. Spread evenly, that's $150,000 per Congressman.
It's just ridiculous, but it explains statements like Lamar Smith saying that it will happen no matter the complaints. He apparently feels obligated for the "lobbying" he received.
Since copyrights are all about national security, it's clear that if Canada has more IP in the public domain, it's a terrorist nation and needs a regime change.
Actually, they have allowed for things to be taken from the public domain and recopyrighted under the new rules.
Legally, if you sing "Happy Birthday", written in 1893, in front of anyone, or record someone singing it, you owe AOL Time Warner and you can send payment through ASCAP.
That's how twisted copyright is today.
After reflecting on it, I have to ask, when did Lamar Smith of Texas become a Democrat? Blaming SOPA on the Democrats alone is just revisionist garbage, which makes Mr. Masnick seem like a partisan tool.
I hope they sue for damages using the RIAA's calculations of value, but of course at a rate per family picture in place of mp3. A couple of trillion in damages MIGHT get a Congressman's attention even with the lobbyists in the hallway.