NJ Gubenatorial Candidate Speaks Out Against Six Strikes: ISP Shouldn't Decide What You Can Download

from the a-political-rallying-point dept

Via Slashdot, we learn that a gubernatorial candidate from New Jersey has staked out a clear position against the new "six strikes" Copyright Alert System. Carl Bermanson, a regular in New Jersey politics who entered the race a few weeks ago, made a nice statement about why six strikes is so problematic. Basically: why is it the ISPs' business at all?
"The internet has become an essential part of living in the 21st century, it uses public infrastructure and it is time we treat it as a public utility. The electric company has no say over what you power with their service, the ISPs have no right to decide what you can and can not download". He went on to say that while he believes copyright infringement is unethical, it is not surprising that as the law evolves to disrespect the public domain, that the public would grow to disrespect copyrights.
While some will just brush this off, it is significant in that, to date, most politicians have been playing down the whole six strikes thing as a "good example of voluntary agreements," without realizing just how angry it's making people, and how it's giving them less reason to respect copyright at all.

Filed Under: carl bermanson, cas, copyright, copyright alert system, governor, new jersey, six strikes


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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2013 @ 2:13pm

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    Anyone who remotely approves of copy'right' law, or at least our current iteration of it, or the expansion of these laws (or enforcement thereof), is either completely ignorant about these laws or they have no regard for morality. I hate these laws, I hate them with a passion. and, in all likelihood, I hate IP laws more than Mike. and I see nothing morally wrong with infringement, though generally I try to avoid infringing and breaking the law and I don't encourage anyone to infringe. and what are you going to do about it? I want these laws abolished. What are you going to do about it? Call me a 'freetard'. Act like a little crybaby? Do you think this is going to change anyone's mind or do you think it's only going to convince people that you're too short sighted to even discuss the issue beyond calling those who disagree with you names? Your immature behavior is a huge disfavor to your position. You and your laws can get lost and if you think that makes me a 'freetard' I can care less. No one is forcing anyone to make content, if they don't want people 'infringing' they can stop. There are many others that will still create content. Whatever content or innovation that is allegedly lost due to IP abolition is a risk I'm more than very willing to take. Abolish IP. Completely. I don't want it at all. So what's your response now? That this blog is full of freetards? Get lost loser.

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