MPAA, RIAA Create Yet ANOTHER Lobbying Group; Push For Stronger Laws

from the no,-seriously? dept

At some point, you have to just wonder if the folks running the MPAA and the RIAA are just collectively pulling everyone's leg. If it wasn't such a huge waste of taxpayer money while also limiting the economic possibilities of this country, it would almost be funny. Remember just last month that the RIAA and MPAA were leading the charge with yet another new lobbying organization called the Copyright Alliance? That was amusing enough, since the RIAA and MPAA already had plenty of clout -- and their main purpose was lobbying anyway. However, apparently they still don't think it's enough. There's now another new organization called the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy. Of course, it's being headed up by the RIAA and the MPAA, along with the National Assn. of Manufacturers and the pharmaceuticals industry -- two other groups that apparently don't already have enough lobbying clout. This new group is pushing for an intellectual property czar, who will work directly from the White House to crack down on IP violations. As Boing Boing points out, this new group certainly isn't going to shy away from ridiculous and totally unsupportable statements about why it needs stronger copyright laws. They had NBC/Universal's general counsel Rick Cotton state this outright fabrication:
"Our law enforcement resources are seriously misaligned. If you add up all the various kinds of property crimes in this country, everything from theft, to fraud, to burglary, bank-robbing, all of it, it costs the country $16 billion a year. But intellectual property crime runs to hundreds of billions [of dollars] a year."
First of all, even in the most ridiculously biased studies that have been put out by the industry itself have we seen any one that has said that losses total hundreds of billions of dollars. Second of all, each of these industry sponsored reports are easy to prove incorrect. They tend to count every copied content as a lost sale. They tend to double, triple and quadruple count, by including ripple effects that count the same "lost dollar" many times over. They never, ever account for the promotional value of the content and how those ripple effects actually can (and often do) increase market sizes and help companies sell more. Unfortunately, the press and politicians don't bother to report any of this. They'll just take Cotton's completely unsupportable statement as fact.

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    Chris, 15 Jun 2007 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Let Me Get This Straight

    So I see, by saying that we don't agree with the law, or that we think the law should be changed, or by saying that a company fails to see how the market has changed, etc... we are saying that we should just break the law. That's interesting because I haven't heard one person say anything like that. But since "TiredofLame" said it it has to be true!

    Sir/Ma'am, please use at least an eighth of the brain that God gave you to comprehend what we are saying and writing. We don't think it's right to break the law, but we don't think the laws are right. We have never said anything along the line of "If you don't agree with the law you should just break it", my personal thinking is if you don't agree with the law change it.

    Also, on your second point "If you don't like someone or a company then you can do what you what with their property". This is also not true. I may not like Microsoft, but I still buy their product and license it legally (even when I know of flaws in their licensing verification program) because it is "their property".

    Perhaps we got off on the wrong foot though. I doubt that you use less than an eighth of your brain. So, how about you actually read through what we say before you open you mouth (or in this case, use your hands to type) and say something.

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