Typo Of The Week: ‘Stop Online Privacy Act’

That typo occurs in TPM’s otherwise perfectly serviceable article on the efforts of CA Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Darrell Issa (now there’s a pairing you don’t often see!) to kill the Stop Online PIRACY Act (SOPA), a draconian proposal that would require internet service providers to filter and apparently remove from the web,  without due process, any site accused of piracy of copyrighted material. Needless to say, this product of the people who hate fair use is supported by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Stop privacy, indeed!

As regular readers know, I do not buy recorded music and movies that are still under copyright. I also don’t pirate such movies and music. I live without them, in protest of the attempt by the industries to criminalize preteens. With the kinds of sentences and damage awards kids have been hit with, you’d think they had committed a dastardly violent crime, like smoking pot or something. [/snark]

Doing without is no hardship for me, for a number of reasons. But if everyone took my approach, it might have an effect on the recorded entertainment industry…

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  • jams o donnell  On Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I will frely admit that I “pirate” a lot of stuff. If a recording is not available to purchase in any format then where’s the harm?

    I am glad that a lot of my favourite artists, Hawkwind and Robyn Hitchcock among them, are cool on the subject of audience recordings. Just so long as nobody is trying to profit from them )or if a particular concert is being recorded for a commercial release) then they are happy to let their concerts be recorded

    Ad for RIAA and its UK counterpart they just don’t get the fact that people who “pirate” tend to buy rather more legal recordings that those that don’t.

    • Steve  On Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

      “people who “pirate” tend to buy rather more legal recordings that those that don’t.” – jams

      jams, this fact has been demonstrated several times in the US, but it doesn’t seem to matter. RIAA and MPAA would rather sue their regular customers than let a thief get away with making an illegal copy of their material. Europe and England dumped most of their moralizing bastards over here about 400 years ago, and you can see where it has led. 🙂

      I would be more tolerant of copyright enforcement if the musicians and actors were getting any reasonable portion of the take. But they aren’t. And so I don’t really fucking care whether the recording industry gets their ill-gotten gains or not.

      Not from me, in any case… the recordings I buy are used CDs of music typically between 50 and 300 years old. Let ’em eat that for dinner!

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