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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  1. identicon
    Steve Florkey, 14 Oct 2008 @ 8:34am

    Today's xkcd Comic

    xkcd's timing could not be better. Randal Munroe boils down the ??AA's intent perfectly -- we're all criminals. See http://xkcd.com/488/ and laugh (or cry).

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