Jan 24, 2012

Why does the music/film industry claim there is a "need" for SOPA/PIPA after the Megaupload shutdown?

While SOPA/PIPA has been beaten back for now, the RIAA and MPAA continue to push for additional laws to "protect" copyright holders. We just saw an international law enforcement operation that shut down Megaupload, arrested its corporate leadership, and seized its assets based on allegation of distribution of copyrighted material. FileSonic and FileServe have both disabled file sharing out of concern that the black helicopters will descend on their offices next. At almost the same time as the Megaupload raid, the owner of NinjaVideo was sentenced to 22 months in jail and ordered to pay the MPAA $209,000. This seems to me like a pretty convincing demonstration that there are sufficient laws already in place to protect businesses' intellectual property rights. Why does the entertainment industry still push for even harsher laws, aren't those already in place sufficient?


I got a chuckle from jimlynch's answer, and I'm not one to disagree with the teaching of Old Ben.  As a practical matter, it is likely that the push for laws like SOPA is motivated by a desire to impose on third parties a duty to seek out any copyright violations for the film/music industry and force the third parties to take steps without requiring specific action from the industry.  Who wouldn't want to force literally everyone to seek out material you objected to?  Plus, if they didn't, they would face penalties imposed by the federal government through force of law.  It's like a wish for a digital version of communist East Germany, where everyone was informing on everyone.       

It's quite simple, really. That industry is filled with greedy scum who only care about their own enrichment and bank accounts. They could not care less who's rights they violate in order to line their pockets with even more cash.

I don't know which industry is worse....Wall Street or Hollywood? Take your pick, I guess.

It reminds me of that line from Star Wars by Obi Wan Kenobi when he and Luke went to Mos Eisley:

"You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."
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