Don't these guys know that you're eight times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist? I've also noticed how they think it's perfectly fine to put ordinary citizens under surveillance, yet when we put the cops under surveillance, that's a criminal offense.
All in all, this goes to show just how much contempt congress has for the internet and the free market. They would rather establish new sources of revenue than do the hard work of cutting wasteful spending.
Of course, as we all know, this proposal has nothing to do with "cyberbullying" or anything like that. It's all about control. They just want to control the internet. They don't want the common rabble to be empowered and have the ability to speak out against the injustices that are committed against them on a daily basis. They want to make it so that only the privileged few can use the internet. The state fears the internet because it gives power to the powerless. This proposal is yet another attempt to take away that power.
"How many screw-ups do you get to make and keep such a job?"
She's a government employee. Government employees are impossible to fire. Have you ever wondered why public schools never bother to fire bad teachers? The process is so hard and complicated that most schools don't even try.
On a more related note, I'd like to thank Carmen Ortiz and the federal government. By persecuting Aaron Swartz and bullying him into suicide, they turned him into a martyr. Many more people are carrying on his legacy. Governments have this strange idea that if they get rid of a radical thinker, then no one will try to follow in his footsteps. They have this idea that if a radical thinker dies, then all his ideas will die with him. Hahaha! Jesus Christ!
You can't vote for either party in this country. Republicans hate porn and the Democrats are in the pocket of the entertainment industry, so both parties have an agenda when it comes to censoring the internet.
Obscurity is a far bigger problem than piracy. Even if people were buying CDs for $10,000 each, if no one has heard of you, you're not gonna make any money. If someone downloads your music and they like it, they'll be more inclined to attend your shows and buy your merch.
All in all, the times have changed. There is now more to music than just buying a CD. When the environment of the market changes, you either adapt or you die.