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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    The Groove Tiger (profile), 28 Nov 2011 @ 3:56pm

    Re: SOPA

    "BUT, there is also stealing. Pur old simple unethical stealing. Call it whatever you want - the march of technology - the inevitable cost of innovation, etc. To the writer or songwriter who makes their money on SALES, it is stealing."

    Actually, it's copyright infringement.

    You can't "steal sales". "Stealing" is meaningless when you use it for everything you disagree with.

    Steal a kiss? Steal an idea? Steal a base! We should make a law to outlaw baseball.

    Copying is not Theft
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=djVaJN0f0VQ

    If I play a song that you wrote, am I "STEALING YOUR SONG?"
    If I read a book aloud, am I STEALING THE WORDS?
    If I teach my children how to build a birdbath, am I stealing birdbaths?

    Being a politician is stealing, plain and simple. (plain and simple are mighty words that are often used to describe something that isn't plain nor simple... basically the equivalent of "it is because I say so, shut up!")

    Think analog. You wouldn't run a red light, so why are you looking at internet porn!
    Think analog. You wouldn't kick a puppy, so why do you play videogames!
    Think analog. You wouldn't burn a building down, so why do you flame in internet forums!

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