Senate Gives The White House A Copyright Czar

from the have-fun-with-it dept

The Senate has now unanimously passed the new entertainment industry-approved copyright legislation that was proposed by Senator Leahy earlier this year. After the Justice Department complained about the provision that would grant it the ability to take on civil cases, that provision was removed, but there's still plenty to be worried about by the bill -- such as the creation of a "copyright czar" position in the White House. While some of the worst provisions were removed, this still remains a bill that has one purpose: to protect an obsolete business model, rather than letting more innovative models proliferate.
The House still needs to vote on its version of the bill, but it's quite likely to pass quickly.

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    Michael Long, 26 Sep 2008 @ 5:12pm

    Better for whom?

    "... it damages innovative business models that would work BETTER."

    Better for whom? As you yourself indicated, better is in the eye of the beholder.

    As far as I'm concerned there are two ends to the spectrum. The greedy mega-corporation who spends millions upfront making a Batman: The Dark Knight or The Lord of the Rings and who (horrors) would like a return on their investment, and the equally greedy consumer who believes that he's entitled to anything and everything he wants for free.

    Most people (as in individuals and businesses alike) fall somewhere between the two poles. I, for one, happen to think that having the film industry create a 100 million dollar plus movie and letting me judge the end result, and then, if I choose, pay a miniscule portion of the development cost to own it and watch as often as I like is an OUTSTANDING model.

    Better that than trying to figure out some way to get the film (which I want) for free by buying yet another t-shirt. A t-shirt, I might add, that I don't want, don't need, which is entirely incidental to the transaction, and the purchase of which only serves to make the t-shirt industry happy.

    Feel free to substitute "t-shirt" with any other product or service you feel I should be buying in order to get that which I actually wanted in the first place.

    Those models?

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