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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    Ben (profile), 30 Nov 2011 @ 1:57pm

    The RIAA's 10 commandments (new vs original)

    ONE: 'You shall have no other gods before Me.'
    RIAA: 'You shall have no other content creators before Me.'

    TWO: 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.'
    RIAA: 'You shall not make your own content in case it's similar to ours, or is better than ours and results in a lost sale'

    THREE: 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'
    RIAA: 'Don't pass off your stuff as our stuff'

    FOUR: 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.'
    RIAA: 'Go to the theatre on Sundays. Corn farmers need income'

    FIVE: 'Honor your father and your mother.'
    RIAA: 'Take them to the theatre too. We need to inflate the box office figures'

    SIX: 'You shall not murder.'
    RIAA: 'We're saving that tactic for when SOPA fails'

    SEVEN: 'You shall not commit adultery.'
    RIAA: 'It's our job to fuck people'

    EIGHT: 'You shall not steal.'
    RIAA: 'You shall not steal our infinite digital content'

    NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.'
    RIAA: 'Don't blame your neighbour for downloading movies on your open WiFi connection'

    TEN: 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.'
    RIAA: 'Don't borrow any of your neighbours DVDs, BluRays, MP3s or CDs. Don't watch his TV through his window or listen to him humming the latest song he heard on the radio. That represents a lost sale'.

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