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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    TtfnJohn (profile), 28 Nov 2011 @ 2:38pm

    Re: At least a decade after widespread broadband, YET NO SOLUTION!

    Let's see now, on one hand you talk about an INDUSTRY, then you flip to the argument that copyright is the only way creators have to protect themselves from Big Media who are the INDUSTRY.

    You're quite right it does cut both ways and you just stabbed yourself in the navel with it.

    You manage it again when you criticize Mike for his stance that some free distribution of, say, a song, is actually a promotion that often leads to more per unit sales for the artist. Note: The artist is rarely the "content" owner because Big Media, that INDUSTRY, you seem so keen on both protecting and dissing all at once, ensures that said artist has signed all copyright over to them in return for rarely paid "royalties" dependent on a number of factors including sunspots on the 4th of July for the artist to ever see a dime. (The latter is a variable though massive cost in how Big Media does its accounting.)

    In the meanwhile there's a thriving group of independent artists with access to good production equipment (and if you think it's all about mixing you're more ignorant than I imagined and that's going some). Most of who sell high quality songs and CDs across this evil thing called the internet and do very nicely by it if they connect with people who like their music. Y'know, fans.

    Keep twisting yourself into these knots and someone is going to mistake you for a pretzel and start dumping sea salt on you.

    It's almost too painful to watch.

    Almost though it says volumes about applying analogue rules to a digital environment which isn't going anywhere and has changed things like the rules of production and distribution. It's your notions that add up to a big fat zero because you refuse to see the changes.

    More importantly refuse to adapt to them. Refusal to adapt leads to extinction not false notions of things like "piracy" and false panics.

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