Bush Administration: Happy, But Wrong, About RIAA Courtroom Win
from the effective-policy? dept
It’s no secret that entertainment industry execs tend to exaggerate the impact of their “successes” — and it would appear that such thinking works with politicians as well. President Bush’s Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement made a statement to applaud the RIAA’s courtroom victory last week, saying that it shows that the legal system is working, and noting that: “Cases such as this remind us strong enforcement is a significant part of the effort to eliminate piracy, and that we have an effective legal system in the U.S. that enables rights holders to protect their intellectual property.” Except, of course, that’s simply politician speak. This win is not going to help the RIAA “eliminate” piracy. In fact, few think it will have any dent at all. And, it’s hardly an “effective” legal system if the end result is just as much infringement and a ton of people pissed off that a single mom is being fined a quarter of a million dollars for wanting to listen to a few pop songs. If anything, it makes more and more people wonder what the hell is wrong with the legal system — and the companies that insist this is the best way to keep their obsolete business model in place.