Press Goes Nuts Over Bieber Baby, But Ignores Bieber's Concerns With Regulating The Internet

from the priorities,-people dept

As pointed out by Harold Feld, it seems pretty messed up that our news media is going absolutely nuts over the story of the potential "Bieber baby," but has all but ignored the story of how the lack of clarity in the proposed SOPA law might mean Justin Bieber would go to jail for his performances of other people's works on YouTube -- something Bieber himself has spoken out against. Let's take a look. A basic Google News search on "bieber baby" turns up... 3,770 news stories:
And then let's do a search on "bieber sopa." For that... we get... a grand total of 15 news stories (including one from Techdirt):
Which story is actually more important? The one in which the government makes massive regulatory changes to the internet that will create felons out of ordinary people? Or the story about a baby that a pop star may or may not have fathered?

Filed Under: e-parasite, journalism, justin bieber, priorities, protect ip, sopa

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    Rikuo (profile), 5 Nov 2011 @ 12:39am

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    Why is it so hard for people like you to understand our problems with SOPA?
    Okay, here's what we're saying. Let's pretend Justin Bieber is not at this moment in time a mega-star in the world of pop music. Let's pretend that at this moment in time, he's just your average teenager, no-one's heard of him and that SOPA has passed and it's now an official law, enforced by the police.
    Bieber then takes it into his head, to record himself singing songs by Usher. He records using a video camera and posts the videos to Youtube. However, SOPA says he has now committed a felony. Some over-zealous lawyer working for Usher and/or his label sees the video and, frothing at the mouth, charges him with a crime. This teen, who has done nothing wrong (just posted a video of him singing a song to Youtube) is in court, and sentenced to up to five years in prison.

    We also have concerns that SOPA will stop the next "Bieber". The next big sensation in music, who started out violating copyright (yes, that's what Bieber did, by covering Usher's songs) but instead of locking him away, someone clever will decide to use him to make money.

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