House Passes Pro IP Overwhelmingly

from the well-that's-no-good dept

Last week we questioned why Congress seemed to think that the White House should be playing the role of copyright cop. Yet, apparently, the House of Representatives didn’t think it was a question worth asking, as it has passed the PRO IP bill by an overwhelming vote, 410 to 10. It seems like our Congressional Representatives felt that, once they got rid of one bad portion of the bill, that the rest of it must be perfectly fine. This bill has a ton of problems, expanding copyright law and the executive branch’s authority in ways that are pretty clearly unnecessary. It is, in effect, a bill to prop up the obsolete business model of one particular industry, so it’s rather disappointing that our Representatives have rushed through to approve it with little discussion or debate over whether it’s even necessary. Either way, it seems unlikely to get much further, as the Justice Department has already come out against the bill, one would hope that even if the Senate approves a version of the bill, the President would veto it.

In the meantime, though, given just how much damage arbitrary expansions of copyright law have done, you would think that Congress would at least want to spend some time exploring the issues before rushing through new laws. Tragically, it seems that entertainment industry lobbyists still have politicians convinced that stronger copyright is naturally “good.”

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r fmc says:

You can’t say you love your country and hate your government. – Bill Clinton


The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing. -Saint Thomas Aquinas


and finally

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. – Henry Steele Commager

Lit_Teacher says:

I wish I could say that this is a surprise

“…you would think that Congress would at least want to spend some time exploring the issues before rushing through new laws.”

Well, while I may WISH that Congress would spend time exploring issues before rushing through new laws, I’ve long since given up any hope that it may actually happen.

Rekrul says:

I really hope this stupid bill doesn’t get passed, but I don’t have much hope. So far, the content industry has gotten pretty much everything it’s wanted, so why should this be any different?

Hey, we already take people’s cars, money and even homes for suspected drug crimes, let’s start taking peoples computers, cash and homes for copying movies and music…

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: A Government

Ever see a TV show called Jericho? It’s about an evil US corporation that attempts (mostly successfully) to take out 23 major US cities with nuclear bombs in order to shatter the existing government, and recreate it how they see fit. In essence, the corporation becomes the government, or tries to anyway. Granted, it’s just a fictional dooms-day drama, but it does make you wonder just how far some corporations will go to get what they want.

eleete says:

Re: Re: Damn Bush!

based on this
Rep. Frederick Boucher [D, VA-9]
Rep. John Doolittle [R, CA-4]
Rep. John Duncan [R, TN-2]
Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6]
Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10]
Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D, CA-16]
Rep. Gwen Moore [D, WI-4]
Rep. Ronald Paul [R, TX-14]
Rep. Ted Poe [R, TX-2]
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA-3]
Rep. Donald Young [R, AK-0]

More Repulicans Did not vote than Dems, hmmmmmmm.


Dan says:

I don’t have much faith that a presidential veto will happen in spite of the justice department.

If the office of the president cared about IP issues, Clinton would have vetoed the DMCA. Now a republican president is going to go against big business? I don’t think it’s going to happen.

His cronies will tell him it’s a good thing and he’ll blindly sign it without any thought.

Anonymous Coward (user link) says:

How many of you actually vote?

If you really want to make a difference, then do so.
Remember you can only truly whine, and complain about not getting your way if you actually made an attempt to get it in the first place.
Do you also Whine, Bitch, and Complain about not getting a raise at work when you never asked for one in the first place, or actually improved your work efficiency?
Of course you don’t because that would be stupid right?

Remember only you can prevent forest fires -Smokey the Bear

oregonnerd (user link) says:


To some extent at least this is asinine. This is only for published works, as far as I can tell, and also makes the assumption that anything not formally published is at best insignificant. The writer who goes along with Emily Dickinson (i.e. “The business of poets is writing poetry”–and then if at all perhaps getting published) would most likely see denial of access to the public as a strike against the writer.

This isn’t to say that publication is against writing. The artistic merits of the referenced ms. aren’t the question; access is. It’s poetry and free verse to boot so the ordinary reader here probably won’t be much interested in it save as an example.

MLS (profile) says:

IP inaccurate

Merely as a point of clarification, the name of this bill voted upon by the House (which means it has a long way to go to even be enacted by Congress) is terribly misleading. This is not about “IP” generically. It is specifically about copyrights under federal law and a legally questionable incursion by the federal government into the area of trade secrets, an area that has traditionally been the province of the states as sovereign entities.

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