Let Congress Know That Now Is The Time To Fix Copyright, Not To Put Their Head In The Sand

from the mpaa-provides-such-nice-sand,-though dept

Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Republican Study Committee report on copyright reform by Derek Khanna isn't so much that it was one of the sanest pieces about copyright written from within a government, or that it was withdrawn so quickly after being published, but that Congress' response to the whole matter has been to stick its collective head in the sand and try to pretend the whole thing never happened. At the very least, you would expect people in Congress to admit that there are different views on copyright that go beyond the RIAA/MPAA view of the world. But, apparently, that's considered a "radical" thought and not allowed. The folks at EFF and Fight for the Future are now asking people to reach out to Congress and let them know that now is the time to fix copyright, rather than ignore it. Telling Derek Khanna to go find another job doesn't make the issue go away. Quite the opposite. It just highlights how corrupt Congress is concerning these issues, in that it doesn't even want to acknowledge the uncomfortable truth that it's been simply rubberstamping the entertainment industry's wishes for decades -- and that's created a huge mess today. The time to fix it is now, but it appears that most in Congress prefer the comfort of the sand around their heads.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Dec 2012 @ 5:20am

    Re:

    "A whole new generation of young people have grown up to hate the copyright laws. A revolution time-bomb just waiting to go off. One SOPA act too many, and you'll light the fuse."

    Just consider this: SOPA, PIPA, and the Megaupload raid woke up * a lot * of people that used to more or less ignore politics--myself included.

    Suffice it to say, most people age 30 and under have a very different view on copyright than the RIAA/MPAA does...and about half of them aren't yet old enough to vote. Let that sink in.

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