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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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 28 Nov 2011 @ 10:33am

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

    They fear change, they have proven this time and time again and everything they fear ends up making them more profits when they stop fighting and embrace it. See VCR killing the film industry.

    I swear we've seen articles about people doing just fine with CC licenses, and even traditional copyright without having to hand them over to a corporation.

    The problem is the refusal to admit there is a huge market that they have no real desire to address. That in a world where a message can get to the upside down land of OZ in seconds, there should not been a 6 month gap in providing content people want to purchase.

    Industry profits are up, which guts the whole piracy is killing them argument, and at the same time there are people being successful by leaving the gatekeepers in the past where they want to stay.

    Here is an instance - if someone hears a song they like on the radio, they will purchase it. If someone sees a TV show they like, they will purchase it. The problem is when they play games and make it harder for the consumer to obtain what they want by adding restrictions and delays to the release ignoring that people can and will turn to alternate methods to obtain it when they want it. Hearing a song from an unknown might create a multimillion dollar empire - See Justin Beiber violating copyright by singing other peoples songs on YouTube and becoming famous for it.

    The zero I think you are seeing is the number of real things you ever manage to bring up, because your a shill. You have your opinion and you assume anyone who disagrees must be wrong. You steadfastly stand by your statements as they are proven wrong time and time again.

    But please tell me...
    Why are you spending $100M on a movie?

    :D

    Oh damn... I think I just out trolled you.

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