Hollywood's Favorite Lawmakers Preparing Next Level Of Draconian Copyright Laws
from the because-ProIP-wasn't-enough dept
Because (of course) last year’s ProIP bill that (once again) strengthened copyright laws wasn’t enough, Hollywood’s favorite lawmakers all got together outside of LA and complained about how copyright laws needed to be even more draconian. They once again quoted the same mythical stats about the damage done by infringement, and didn’t hear from a single defender of the public or someone who could explain the basic fact that strengthening copyright law doesn’t solve anything. Instead, they just complained, blamed pretty much every foreign country (other than France) and insisted “something must be done!”
Apparently changing their business models to adapt to a changing marketplace has yet to be considered. Not when all of these Congressional Reps from California have no problem swallowing made up stats and misleading fear mongering from an industry unwilling to embrace new business models. Instead, they blame everyone else, including apparently a major session blaming Canada. It’s still not clear why Hollywood thinks Canada is such a copyright pariah. The country already has pretty strong copyright laws and doesn’t seem to be a haven for piracy at all.
The only country they did seem to like? Apparently that would be France, which just sneakily (after most of Parliament had gone home for the night) passed a three strikes bill. The entertainment industry execs seemed to think this might be a perfect solution — once again looking to kill off any opportunity to create a better business model, and instead piss off fans and drive them further underground. It’s like seeing the same dumb horror movie over and over again, where we the consumers/audience keeps yelling out “no, don’t go in there!” and yet they still go in there, make the same mistakes over again and end up only damaging themselves. Is it really that difficult for them to recognize that the business model is the issue, and no amount of increased copyright protection is going to change that?
In the meantime, it’s pretty sickening that our elected officials would choose only to hear from one extremely biased side on the debate, and will now introduce legislation that bails out that one industry at the expense of the public. Clearly, these hearings were not to “hear” anything new — but to put on a puppet show prior to already written (by the industry) legislation to be introduced.