by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
congress, copyright, sopa, tpp

No, A New SOPA Is Not Likely, But There's Still Plenty Of Damage That Can Be Done

from the not-out-of-the-woods-yet dept

This isn't surprising, as we've been hearing the same thing for a while now, but those in Congress still remember the SOPA/PIPA protests and have no desire to go through that process again. Thus, don't expect a new SOPA/PIPA to show up in Congress any time soon. The article even claims that watered down or limited versions are a bit too scary for politicians. Of course, this still requires plenty of vigilance. As we noted back in July, Lamar Smith did look to zip through one small piece of SOPA when no one was looking, and it wouldn't surprise me to see more "little" attempts like that. But, it seems clear that the main event will move to different venues.

Historically, when the entertainment industry doesn't get its way in Congress, it just moves into international fora to seek the same thing. That's how we got the DMCA, of course. Congress hadn't been interested until copyright lobbyists went to WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization) and got it to create a treaty in 1996 that more or less required the DMCA. This is why we're constantly paying attention to various trade agreements and treaties, like TPP and others, which are really (among other things) about creating more ways for the entertainment industry to backdoor in new copyright laws. They'll get these agreements in place, and then point to them and insist that we have to change our laws due to "international obligations," ignoring, of course, that they were the same people who got those international obligations put in there in the first place.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Dec 2012 @ 10:41pm

    I found it amusing that the free culture epic fail is self evident in that 10 years after creative commons so much energy is still being spent on trying to take what is not given, when there must be so much quality content being made and given away for free - surely the solution is not to oppose copyright but to just render it inconsequential in practical terms by means of abandonment by artists and creators.

    begs the question, why do artists still want their rights protected? and why with all the great legally free content available that rivals that which is protected does anyone feel compelled to prove the value of copyright by insisting on taking that which is not given?

    surely, if people truly wanted what was given, and stopped fighting for what is not given, that would be the proof - however as it is, this truth is the complete opposite, a free culture copytheft fail.

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