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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    Trails (profile), 28 Nov 2011 @ 10:36am

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

    "That cuts both ways, guys. IF you had a practical solution for the INDUSTRY, it'd have been adopted by now. You just keep asserting that the dinosaurs don't even /want/ to make /more/ money with new methods."

    Sorry, wrong on two fronts. This has been asked and answered several times by mike. Feel free to search, but I've seen it (and seen it pointed out to you several times). Second, and I'm bolding this because it's important, solving large content distributors' business model problems is NOT the responsibility of the tech industry.

    "You continue to dance around the problem of piracy -- of course nearly everyone here denies that they do it, so the whole area shouldn't even matter to you -- while saying that if you can't get what you want, then you WILL pirate it..."
    Mike says the following things on piracy very frequently:
    - It's wrong
    - He doesn't do it
    - He doesn't think other people should do it
    - Studies (with actual published data and methodology) show people who pirate also tend to consume more
    - These laws will not stop piracy.

    This is not dancing.

    "You continue to say that large numbers of artists (at least, rappers and mixers with cheap products, none who sink, say, $100M into a movie) are already using the power of the Internet to get around the gatekeepers, while pointing out that industry profits are up..."
    Ok, not much of a point in this, but many of the artists Mike points to who are using the internet successfully tend to be alternative rock types. Mike points to remixers for a different purpose: showing the cultural value of transformative reuse of content.

    "You continue to insist that piracy is actually good for the industry by "promoting" its products, while of course unable to answer how an instance of consumption without paying in any way results in more income for the content owner."
    I'll give you an example: someone pirates Mass Effect, plays the game, loves it, when Mass Effect 2 comes out on Steam, buys it. Would have ignored but for the pirated Mass Effect. I know several people who have done this.

    Another example: people who pirate and like Metallica, shell out $180/seat for concert tix(despite the fact that Lars Ulrich is an epic douchebag).

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