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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    Anonymous Coward, 22 May 2009 @ 7:22am

    Okay. Well, here we go

    It's always difficult to get a meeting with Howard.

    So, Howard Berman needs to meet me at Venice Beach at 12:50 this afternoon for a straight man-to-man talk. I'll wear a blue shirt and brown shorts. I expect him to wear khacki pants and a white shirt with a tie. No coat.

    Topics of discussion will be how I'm prepared to pull together the best, and most amazing group of people together to combat his own corporate sponsors. It will be accomplished with the best, and least blood-soaked money on the planet. The dollar holds no meaning: my partners will pay artists in Euros or Swiss Francs if need be.

    Venice Beach Pier. You drive in on Washington Ave and there it is. Come 1:07, I'm heading home. I assume he knows where it's at. Unless he's new to the area.

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