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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Nov 2011 @ 7:15pm

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

    Can you show me proof/evidence that "people aren't sampling and then buying"?

    Because all the evidence and studies show to the contrary. The "pirates" are doing the most buying. I.e. they like what they find and they then go out and pay for even more stuff. (Note: These studies are being done independently. From non-biased sources/groups.)

    "People are ripping it off, listening to it all the time on their ipod, and never bothering to renumerate the artist."

    Again, I'd like to see some proof of your "gigantic load of horse shit". Because evidence shows to the contrary. People are acquiring things and then giving money to the artists elsewhere. Either through purchase of merchandise, other media they've produced, and/or the more popular concerts/shows. (This applies easily to film as it does music.) And that money goes DIRECTLY into the artists' pockets. As opposed to say the coffers of middlemen.

    "Fuck you for being such a lying slimeball.

    Go die in a fire."

    Well, one could say right back at you, but that'd mean sinking to your level. Of which, as much as I want to do, I shan't do just because I am better than you and an adult. I do not need to resort to ad homs to make a point. I can make one using logic and facts. I haven't presented any in this article (as in actual links) because you haven't either. I'm of the mind that you can state things and not back them up, I can do the same. (Except of course my data/facts/evidence are REAL and readily available and easy to find online.)

    AC, grow up or get lost. The adults are talking here. We don't need your childish posts cluttering up screen space.

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