Remember SOPA? The hiddeous beast of a bill sponsored by Hollywood which sought to jam the file content sharing genie back in the bottle? The bill that the whole Internet world rose up against and forced the politicians to back down on? Remember that? Well one of the lobbyists who headed the effort to severely restrict the Internet so that the media companies could cling to their outdated business models has now been nominated by Obama to head the effort in the secret (to us – hundreds of corporations are in on what is going on) Trans Pacific Partnership talks.
The business of content has been in flux for the last 15 years. The old business models are dead or close to dead, but that isn’t stopping the movie studios from trying to hold back progress while they still have the resources to deploy in government.
If you care about freedom, if you care about liberty, you owe both of these men a debt of gratitude. I know I owe them.
Copyright laws in this country are absurd and amount to little more than givaways to the entertainment industry.
The Motion Picture Association of America led by chief lobbyist, former Senator Chris Dodd, killed (it is denied officialy) a paper presented by the Republican Study Committee last Friday, which challenged long held views on copyright.