CreativeAmerica Denies Copying; Inadvertently Shows Why SOPA/PIPA Are Dangerous
from the private-right-of-action? dept
Remember how CreativeAmerica flat out copied an anti-PIPA organizing email from Public Knowledge, and “remixed” it to make it a pro-PIPA organizing email from this MPAA-set up astroturf group. It was obviously directly copied text. The style and the text were so close, there was no way that it was developed independently. And yet… CreativeAmerica is now insisting it did it on its own and is pretending that people are complaining about the idea of the email:
But that’s not the case, said Craig Hoffman, a Creative America spokesman. He said Creative America did not copy Public Knowledge’s email but was just encouraging supporters to get in touch with their senators, a common strategy.
“It’s a standard organizing technique,” Hoffman said.
Either Hoffman didn’t understand what happened or he’s being purposely misleading (neither of which makes CreativeAmerica look very competent). No one is complaining about them sending out an email urging supporters to contact Senators. What they’re complaining about is that the text is almost identical, and uses the same three bullet points that folks at Public Knowledge admit they “over-edited” internally, including a long discussion that turned what had formerly been a paragraph into three separate bullet points.
But, ironically, Creative America’s insistence that it didn’t copy the email demonstrates one of the many problems with SOPA and PIPA. It’s that reasonable people might disagree over whether or not something is infringing. I’m pretty damn sure that CreativeAmerica copied PK’s email. But they say they didn’t. Now, under SOPA/PIPA, with its “shoot first, admit you shot the wrong dead guy later” approach to censorship… that would be a problem for CreativeAmerica. Isn’t it a better situation when you guarantee that everyone gets to make their case before we cut sites off…