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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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 14 Oct 2008 @ 10:17am

    Re: Re: How Much Money do you need?

    A government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. Or you can replace corporations with "reallying fecking rick people".

    The chance of them appointing somebody like Larry Lessig would be A) for the people (decreases chance of likelyhood from 100% -> 50% and B) Intelligent (decreases chance from 50% to .001%).
    When was the last time our government did something smart and for the people?

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