LA Includes Piracy With Drugs, Gangs, Prostitution And Gambling As 'Detrimental To Public Health & Safety'

from the but-of-course dept

Various laws have allowed local governments to declare specific property "detrimental to public health & safety" when that property becomes overrun with drugs, gangs, prostitution or gambling. However, the entertainment industry's hometown gov't in Los Angeles has now expanded the list to include music and movie piracy as well. Whatever you think of unauthorized copying of content, it's difficult to see how you can, with a straight face, claim that it is the equivalent of property being overrun with drugs, gangs prostitution or gambling.

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    MLS, 8 May 2008 @ 9:00pm

    "Feel Good" Ordinance

    LA ordinance an excellent example of a feel good law with absolutely no teeth and no hope of ever being successfully applied. Federal statutes and case law pertaining to copyrights makes it abundantly clear that federal law trumps local ordinances where the claim under a local ordinance necessarily depends upon a finding of copyright infringement.



    The signing of the ordinance likely created a wonderful photo-op and made political contributors in the music and movie industries quite happy. Beyond that the ordinance is generally meaningless words on paper.

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