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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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), 28 Nov 2011 @ 3:07pm

    Re: SOPA

    I am sorry that you feel Mike misinterpreted your analog analogy, but this comment adds nothing to your side of the conversation.

    The problem with big labels and movie studios is that people want their stuff, but the labels and studios will not give the customer what they want.

    I know of no business that can succeed outside of a monopoly without giving their customers what they want. If I run a game store and do not stock the most popular games and consoles, people will leave my store and find them somewhere else.

    Same goes for movies, tv, music and books. People will get them where ever they can. It is up to the producers of the content to make money off that. If Netflix is bringing in money for film and tv while at the same time reducing piracy, then we need more Netflix, not more copyright enforcement. If Spotify is bringing more revenue in for artists, then we need more Spotify not more copyright enforcement.

    This is what these big labels and studios don't understand. Now you can claim that it is all about a "big ship turning" but the fact remains is that they have had plenty of time to turn but are staying true to their original and fatal course.

    Thank god I don't have to care so much anymore.

    Based on your analogies, it really shows that you don't care.

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