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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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Oct 2008 @ 9:43am

    How Much Money do you need?

    From PC World: Although major industry copyright protection groups like the Business Software Alliance, Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America did not comment immediately on the president's signing the bill into law, the latter two were major supporters of the bill from its introduction last year through its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

    It was just a matter of before the MPA and RIAA got organized enough to lobby congress in a big way. This really shouldnt surprise anyone. Especially from a president who said the best way for citizens to handle the terrorist threat is to go out and shop!

    Can someone please tell Bush, "YOU HAVE A COUPLE MONTHS LEFT IN OFFICE. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE". 700 Billion dollars to private for profit business (AIG, Freddie, Fannie). Hey you could easily figure the economic impact from the loss of money from MPA and RIAA. After these lobby groups get stronger I wonder how much tax payer money will go to the RIAA and MPA to keep them in business? That is what we are talking about here right? If you are a huge corporate business you no longer are subject to taking loss. You just funnel money to the right government people. Democracy is dead. I wonder just how far in we are going to go when it comes to capitalism?

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