During the protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), critics of the legislation portrayed its process of identifying foreign black market domains and then blocking them from gaining easy profits from, and access to, the US online audience, as “censorship” — full stop.
It bothers me that representatives from Google or the EFF, Reddit, etc. are so quick to lump in the attempt to protect artists rights with the political censorship of China or Iran. It is entitlement of the privileged at its worst and demonstrates to me how desperate some people are to excuse freeloading by any means necessary. But, the wonders of technology simply do not excuse clear cases of exploitation.
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This story originally ran on Constitution Day, but we just got hipped to it now. Worth the read.
Cyber-piracy increasingly costs the U.S. economy money that instead of creating and supporting jobs goes into the pockets of criminals. The government must act, and swiftly, by exercising its constitutional responsibility to ensure that this trend is reversed. This may require breaking some new ground and should be done only after careful, principled debate, with respect for liberty and adherence to our other, equally important, constitutional rights.
If the framers could understand this matter in the eighteenth century, we must believe the current Congress can grapple with it today. Previous efforts to update our intellectual property protection system were defeated in a flurry of misinformation. The proposed legislation may have been opaque and overly broad, but the concerns expressed by many conservatives and libertarians were overstated.
On this Constitution Day, let’s remember that even in the Founder’s concept of a limited federal government, it is the proper obligation of that government to secure the property of its citizens against lawlessness. Protecting intellectual property is a property rights issue. There is a difference between liberty and lawlessness: We should favor the former and oppose the latter. On Constitution Day we should think about the protection of intellectual property rights on the Internet as a logical, contemporary extension of the basic Constitutional rights of authors, scientists and inventors that our framers set forth so plainly two and a quarter centuries ago.
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Grab the coffee!
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From Around The Web:
- Friday’s End Notes 11/09/12 (Essential Weekly Reading)
- How to Stop Illegal Downloads
“Before it was my book being illegally downloaded, I was more on the “Information wants to be free” end of the spectrum. The sudden, though predictable, shift in my feelings when I found my own work being downloaded for free was a jarring experience.”
Digital Music News
- Goldman Sachs Is About to Invest $100 Million In Spotify…
- Dear Pandora, You Totally Suck. Signed, Songwriters…
- Pandora Is Now Suing ASCAP to Lower Songwriter Royalties…
- Spotify Is Having A Good 2012: Revenues Could Reach $500M As It Expands The Digital Music Market
- Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora’s Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music’s Justin Kalifowitz
- NAACP blasts Pandora-backed Internet royalty bill
The New York Times:
- A Clash Across Europe Over the Value of a Click
The Precursor Blog:
- Google’s Top Ten Anti-Privacy Quotes — Part 3 In Google’s Own Words Series
“We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about” – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt 10-1-10 per the Atlantic
- Supreme Court Rejects Hearing For Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde
- RapidShare Limits Public Download Traffic to Drive Away Pirates
- “Six-Strikes” BitTorrent Crackdown May Target Private Trackers
Columbia Journalism Review:
- Audit Notes: digital ads, margins of error, freehadists – French publishing’s online revenues make the Americans look good
Music Tech Policy:
- IRFA and the Future of Music Policy Summit: Why Would FOMC Miss An Opportunity to Defend Artist Rights?
- Stretching the Possibilities of Offensiveness, Pandora Demonstrates How to be Ugly at Scale
The Washington Examiner:
- Report: Google and Facebook competing for an Obama cabinet slot
- Sorry, Internet, SOPA had zero effect on election day results
“Of the 24 House Members up for reelection who co-sponsored or otherwise supported the highly contentious anti-piracy legislation, all but three won reelection on Tuesday. This includes Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, of Texas, SOPA’s author and chief co-sponsor who became the Internet’s Enemy No. 1″
- Free Online Music in China Coming to An End?
Posted in Artist Rights, Artists Rights Watch, Pandora Royalty Rates
Tagged CCIA, Freehadists, google, IRFA, Lobby, NAACP, pandora, SOPA, Spotify