Howard Berman Looks To Send More Hated US IP Cops Around The Globe

from the enforcing-monopoly-is-hard-work dept

Earlier this year, we wrote about how the US's international copyright cops were complaining how people in other countries didn't like them very much. Specifically, they seemed shocked that other countries didn't necessarily agree with the US's view of copyright. Also, in that post, we had a quote from the US Chamber of Commerce, who was quite worried about "anti-IP activists" who were a "threat" rather than folks providing evidence of how excessive IP can do a lot more harm than good for industry. It's amazing that people providing evidence and data of how to build better businesses by adopting alternative models and trying to limit the damage done by excessive IP are considered a "threat."

Either way, it should come as little surprise that the Chamber of Commerce is now applauding the fact that Rep. Howard Berman (the Rep from Hollywood, who's never seen a copyright law he couldn't make more draconian) is trying to increase the number of US IP cops trolling the world trying to bully and cajole other countries into implementing more draconian copyright rules, no matter how much it goes against their own self interest. The details are hidden in The Foreign Relations Authorization Act because who could be against that, especially since it also authorizes funds for the Peace Corp?
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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 22 May 2009 @ 5:51am

    A small point to disagree on

    Hey Mike, I must disagree with this sentence:
    Specifically, they seemed shocked that other countries didn't necessarily agree with the US's view of copyright.

    That certainly does not seem to be your view, it is definitely not my view, or probably not most of the rest of America's view on copyright. It is just the view of those who are in control at the moment and paid to view it that way by big content and other lazy people who don't want to adapt to technology's advancements.
    You could say the 'current US government's view' and I would be perfectly fine with that statement. They in no way are representing the interests of the public at this point though, only the very few fake artists.

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