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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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Nov 2011 @ 5:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    A wonderful story, except...

    since YouTube in your example is subject to the law as well, they require any new video posting to be checked, and require that the poster provide proper ID or documentation for the music. As Beiber is unable to do this, he just can't get it done.

    Alternately, the music industry reaches a global agreement with Youtube for this sort of video, with YouTube agreeing to pay an amount X for every play. As a result, the Beiber video is classed as "using copyright content" and youtube pays to run it. If there is a DMCA notice on it, they will still take it down, but they would not be specifically liable under SOPA because of their master agreement.

    Those are two examples.

    The next Beiber? Maybe he will sing his own songs.

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