President Signs ProIP Bill Into Law; White House Gets Copyright Czar

from the don't-you-feel-safer? dept

Apparently, having our elected politicians completely lie to the President, combined with various business groups using totally made up numbers about the so-called "costs" of piracy was enough to convince President Bush to sign the ProIP bill into law, and accept the addition of a "Copyright Czar" position to the White House. It also strengthened copyright laws, yet again, despite little evidence they needed any strengthening. This law is nothing more than a weak attempt to prop up some struggling businesses who made the mistake of clinging to an obsolete business model far too long. All it will actually serve to do is to limit more creative forms of expression and much more innovative business models from being allowed to thrive.

Filed Under: congress, copyright, copyright czar, pro ip, white house


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    Jeremy M, 14 Oct 2008 @ 8:33am

    Ugh.

    Well, it's good to know that politicians in the most powerful country in the world take as fact whatever drivel they're fed from lobbyist groups and force it down the President's throat... :-/

    While some IP legislation is necessary in this society of software, this era of electronics, it most definitely needs to be revisited and re-legislated. Innovation can be had, but not if there's a glass ceiling of what people can do before big business alliances sue and your inspiration is left crushed and mangled.

    At first, reading this blog pissed me off. But then I realized it wasn't the blog or its writers. It is the increasingly idiotic practices that are upheld and NOT updated to reflect the current state of technology's role in society. It is what happens in this world that, as another commenter hinted at, maximizes business success at the cost of what is right for the people.

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