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Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:33

Big Content stacks Senate committee

Written by Nick Farell



Calls Google a pirate


The US government continues to show how much it is in the pockets of big corporates with its latest Anti-Pirate bill. For those who came in late, this law is the one which will lock up any one who hums a tune online without paying the record companies shedloads of dosh.

US Senators have done their level best to give Big Content the law it wants to basically lock up citizens who might think of piracy or file sharing without having to worry about that pesky thing called constitution. The House Judiciary Committee today held an important hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act but only those witnesses who would not object to the law being invited. This was designed to give the impression that all the witnesses were in favour of the law.

Off the list of witnesses were dozens of foreign civil rights groups, tech giants like eBay, the Consumer Electronics Association, China scholarRebecca MacKinnon, hundreds of law professors and lawyers who had all said the law was terrible. So senators heard quotes like "the First Amendment does not protect stealing goods off trucks" which was made by Big Content pin-up Paul Almeida. Ironically the First Amendment was designed by smugglers so it probably does protect the transportation of illegal goods.

But the target of the attacks were the content industry's public enemy number one, Google. Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) commented that Google just settled a federal criminal investigation into the company’s active promotion of rogue websites that pushed illegal prescription and counterfeit drugs on American consumers. He said that Google didn't want to stop piracy because it made so much money from it. Ouch.

The Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro said outside the meeting that the bill attempts a radical restructuring of the laws governing the Internet. It would undo the legal safe harbours that have allowed a world-leading Internet industry to flourish over the last decade. It would also expose legitimate American businesses and innovators to broad and open-ended liability. The result will be more lawsuits, decreased venture capital investment, and fewer new jobs.
Fortunately what ever stunt the senators try to pull, President Obama has told them that the law is so bad that it will be vetoed.

Nick Farell

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+5 #1 123s 2011-11-17 10:52
Couldnt google just buy and fire all the idiots o.o
 
 
+1 #2 Kryojenix 2011-11-17 11:59
Viva Obama! :D
 
 
+1 #3 Bors Mistral 2011-11-17 14:32
USA! Oh, yeah!
 
 
+2 #4 dew111 2011-11-17 19:31
I hadn't heard that Obama opposed the law to the point of vetoing it. At least one democrat has his priorities straight. I'm very left-leaning, but seriously this law is bad from and person's political point of view (unless you think corporations are people).
 
 
+1 #5 Greg4422 2011-11-17 23:14
Quoting dew111:
I hadn't heard that Obama opposed the law to the point of vetoing it. At least one democrat has his priorities straight. I'm very left-leaning, but seriously this law is bad from and person's political point of view (unless you think corporations are people).

I'm a far left liberal as well, and I hope Obama does oppose this law, but it remains to be seen. If you haven't notice the Justice Department, under obama, has shut down far more web sites, than George W Bush ever did, all without court orders, warrants, or giving those sites any chance to refute whatever claims were against them... Obama says he for net neutrality... but these action prove otherwise.
 
 
0 #6 Medallish 2011-11-18 00:15
Well isn't this odd, does anyone remember when Rupert Murdoch claimed that Google were pirates? And if US politicians bow to anyone, it's definitely Rupert Murdoch.. This is what all the Occupy protests was about, Americans don't want their politicians bought like this! I doubt Obama will do anything, he's a good guy, but he'll probably cave, in order to get some crappy deal that's not worth it.
 
 
0 #7 JAB Creations 2011-11-23 03:33
Democrats favor destroying liberty and personal morality (e.g. promoting homosexual marriage) while telling you what you can and can not say (e.g. security at the expense of liberty) and Republicans favor big businesses creating monopolies (e.g. the fake shortages of oil) and driving up prices for everything while squashing local competition (the places you should buy at that aren't called Walmart)...neither support personal liberty. If you want to talk politics go Libertarian, the less government is deciding for you the more you decide for you, for better or worse. Frankly it would be nice if survival of the fittest applied to human species again through their own personal actions and not to the whims of corporations and governments.
 

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