p2pnet news view Politics | P2P:- With the economy in a shambles, investment banks on the verge of closing shop, and a recession worse than any since the great depression, the Senators did what any politician would do:
They passed the PRO-IP act.
Despite opposition from the DOJ and numerous pro-consumer groups, in a bipartisan unanimous vote, the bill was pushed through.
The good news is: they managed to pull the most egregious bit out which allowed the government to file lawsuits on unsuspecting citizens.
The bad news is: taxpayer dollars will go to fund an office whose job will be to look out only for the interests from the likes of the MPAA/RIAA/BSA- it will be an office called the IP “czar”.
Despite the fact the US has much more important issues to take care of and doesn’t need any more tax sink holes, the Senate has decided that this is the best form of medicine you can give an economically ill nation. Also sprinkled into the bill, like any bad recipe, is a dash of ‘increased infringement penalties for imported and exported goods, increasing civil forfeiture powers in infringement cases, and establishing greater coordination between state, federal, and international anti-piracy efforts’, according to Ars Technica.
With the passage of the bill, the decision now rests on president George W. Although he’s vowed to veto the bill due to it’s unconstitutional language, the question remains whether or not he’ll keep his pledge.
The civil forfeiture power grab alone is enough to constitute unconstitutionally sound law.
RIAA boss Mitch Bainwol, giddy with the news proclaimed it, “music to the ears of all those who care about strengthening American creativity and jobs”.
That’s right, Mitch — an industry that’s several orders smaller than the likes of the even technical sector will generate enough cash flow to give the thousands who lost their jobs some hope.
This just might turn our economy around. Or not.
Greed is as greed does ……
Unfortunately with the passage of the bill, most Americans know the only people who’ll have their pockets filled are the members in the Senate who are taking payoffs from the entertainment cartels.
It’s a sad day in America when the Senate, rather than doing something to fix the economy, unanimously votes for a bill designed to kick Americans when they’re already down.
Thanks a lot guys!
Tronix – p2pnet
[Tronix is a database administrator living in California who says he's and avid collector of all kinds of music -- including MIDI and MOD files. "I'm a fervent supporter of consumer's rights especially with regards to copyright laws," he says. "I've reached the conclusion the lawsuits launched against innocent victims are actually out-of-line even for copyright law. The law was never intended to be used against consumers and rather than promoting diversity, it has been used to stifle innovation at the cost to consumers."]
Los Angeles Times – , September , 2008
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