by The Mighty Buzzard

Mighty Buzzard's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

from the short-and-sweet dept

It's been a heck of a busy month or two for copyright. We've had SOPA and PIPA. We've had the organization of a grassroots campaign against them. We had a significant number of serious heavyweights of the Internet join in. And now we have nations around Europe bailing on ACTA over protests of their citizens.

My question is, why? Why do we have to see stories like this:

Over 70 different groups, including many who were central to the January 18th online protests against SOPA, have put together a letter asking Congress to put a halt to any attempts to further expand intellectual property laws.

The movie industry has one main lobby that they can put all their weight behind. So does the recording industry. Why don't we have one?

And why are these yahoos still supporting bills that they know are poison? I thought they were supposed to be realizing that it wasn't Google lobbying that stopped SOPA/PIPA.

Anyway, those aren't necessarily my favorite Techdirt stories of the week but they are the ones that made me think the most. I consider that a bigger win than a good chuckle or a burn on Righthaven.

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    Drizzt, 11 Feb 2012 @ 3:05pm


    i doubt that the entertainment industries have enough openings to give all those a job that get voted out of office.

    I wouldn't count on that. There are countless ways to provide jobs. Ranging from a direct employment by one of the main media companies to some lobby organization or think tank (way more profitable, as the politicians knows everybody in parliament). Apart from that you can enter in other agreements, e.g. he can go on tour as a speaker on various conferences (usually those are highly paid, with "highly paid" standing for "a sum larger than most see in a year") or allowing the politician to open a sub-entity to your conglomerate (like a sub-label).

    Though I really doubt that every politician is offered one of the "big bribe packages". Most will just receive donations to their campaigns or parties (the recipient depends mostly on the country, in the USA it would be the individual politician, while it would be the party in many European countries), so the problem "too much politicians for too few bribery positions" won't arise very often (and if it ever does: the lobbyists don't have to play fair, there is always a mud-slinging and compromising campaign possible, to get people out of the picture).

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