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Ex-RIAA Boss Ignores All Criticisim Of SOPA/PIPA, Claims Any Complaints Are Trying To Justify Stealing

from the this-is-how-you-got-into-such-a-mess dept

Over the long weekend, Jay Rosen was kind enough to tweet out a link to my recent "definitive" post highlighting all the problems with SOPA and PIPA. Lots of folks picked up on it, but the one that struck me as the most interesting was from Hilary Rosen, who tweeted back:
The Definitive Post?? Think analog. If a store doesn't sell u what u want, u are justified stealing it?
Hilary Rosen, of course, spent many years as the CEO of the RIAA. And while she hasn't been in that job since 2003, she presided over the Napster lawsuit and the beginnings of the Grokster lawsuit. I believe she left just before the RIAA started suing individuals for file sharing. She also appeared to have second thoughts about the strategy she led while in charge of the RIAA. However, this comment suggests otherwise.

Thinking analog has been the major problem that the RIAA (and MPAA, among others) have had for a long, long time. Rosen's big mistake when she was in charge of the RIAA was that she kept thinking analog. Isn't it time, perhaps, that she started thinking digitally?

But, even more to the point, it's getting ridiculous how many people defending SOPA/PIPA are doing so using this logic. They brush off all of the specific concerns, the highlights of problematic language, and they conclude "why are you justifying theft?" Of course, that's ridiculous. Beyond the fact that "theft" and "infringement" are very different (don't get me started), nothing in anyone's complaints about SOPA or PIPA have anything to do with "justifying" infringement. In fact, in the post that was being discussed, we clearly noted that infringement is a problem. We just disagree that PIPA and SOPA are reasonably, or even effective, solutions.

It's really quite ridiculous to lay out in such great detail all of the problems of the bill, only to have someone -- and someone who is partially responsible for the mess the record labels are in today -- brush off the entire thing by falsely stating that we're "justifying stealing." Unfortunately, this kind of "debate" is all too common. It seems that almost no one is interested in actually discussing the problems of the bill. They just insist that if you highlight problems in the bill you're trying to justify something.

Filed Under: copyright, hilary rosen, pipa, protect ip, sopa
Companies: riaa


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    AR (profile), 28 Nov 2011 @ 1:05pm

    Re: OKAY, what is this "better business model"?

    Before I answer in less than 25 words let me explain a few things first. With your vehemently defending the proposals and the industries, it seems as though you are either part of the existing industry or a "wanna be". With that said, when I say "you" I mean the industry. The thing to keep in mind is that nobody cares about you, your profits, salary, or your company. "Artists" will still be making content after your gone. Forcing the public to support an 80+ year old business concept (recording content for sale) with 30+ year old technology (disk shaped plastic medium) is totally illogical when newer and cheaper forms exist. Business models come and go. Companies come and go. Their leaders come and go. But the content is always there, and always will be. No one owes you a living and like I said, no one gives a damn. So if the people are embracing and demanding the new technologies but you dont know how to make money off of it, then thats your problem. ITS NOT OUR JOB TO FIGURE IT OUT FOR YOU!!! You are the real problem, not piracy.
    With that said here is your less than 25 word answer.

    The better business models are those that dont include YOU.

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