Take this IP law and shove it…
Well, getting derailed is so often the way things go… The last few weeks have been an insane distraction from all things Endless Blue. Day job plus planning for a trip for China… Whew. There was a day there that I thought I was going to have to hop in a car, drive to Chicago, and have a cup of tea with the Chinese consulate. Yow.
I’ve also been pretty caught up in politics lately. I read a lot of blogs, trying to distill what is going on in America today. Pretty grim stuff, I might add. And although I am not normally one to wax political publicly, this just makes me sick. To summarize, “Abu” Alberto “Fredo” Gonzales is proposing a bunch of new, extremely draconian intellectual property rights laws. Here’s a few lovely things the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007 will do:
- Criminalize “attempting” to infringe copyright
- Create a new crime of life imprisonment for using pirated software
- Permit more wiretaps for piracy investigations
- Allow computers to be seized more readily
- Increase penalties for violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention regulations
- Add penalties for “intended” copyright crimes
- Require Homeland Security to alert the Recording Industry Association of America
Once again, we see Big Media franticly attempting to lock down every single piece of property they own by buying out our political leaders. They continue to believe that with just the right laws, they can make all the honest consumer drones out of all the amoral thievies that are currently their customer base.
This kind of disconnect from reality is just amazing. Music culture itself is based on a certain amount of counter-culture and pushing the lines of the law. As a young music consumer, there is no way I would have been exposed to as much music as I was without a little good intentioned piracy. A friend would make me a tape of a tape that he thought was good. Now, as a copyright holder for the music for Endless Blue, I realize there will be a little of this kind of piracy for our stuff as well, and I’m okay with that. The *real* use of copyright law is to protect us from getting our music ripped off by a large advertising agency or record label — protecting the little guy from the big guy. Not vice versa.]]>