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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Feb 2013 @ 6:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    That is the corruption speaking.

    Copyright was supposed to be for the benefit of the public first and for limited times.

    But, through the corrupting influence of lobbyist money, governments and politicians have altered copyright to the exact opposite of what was intended in our constitution, for the benefit of corporate monopoly special interests at the expense of the public.

    Copyright maximalists really don't want the public to wake up about what is truly happening. That's why they try and label their fight as a fight against "freeloaders" and "pirates." Copyright infringement is nothing, it's been going on for decades and will continue on for decades more. What they're really attempting to achieve is the ability to retain control and power. They feel they need that control and power in order to prop up corporate profits and shareholder returns. That's why they want to extend copyrights into perpetuity and invent more draconian methods of enforcement.

    This isn't artists doing this. This is corporations doing it. They have entirely too much power and it is high time they were reigned in. But, they have the government in their hip pocket so its not going to happen often.

    The public needs to wake up and put tons of pressure on their elected officials to stop pandering to the copyright lobby. This happened with SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. It needs to continue to happen.

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