Beyond its effects on file sharing litigation, the bill would create a new, taxpayer-funded federal bureaucracy focused on policing intellectual property domestically and overseas, including:
a United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Representative, appointed by the President,
an Intellectual Property Enforcement Division in the Department of Justice, and
additional intellectual property attachÃ©s to staff U.S. embassies.
These new federal bureaucrats would essentially have one responsibility -- protecting the business interests of the biggest names in movies, music, and software. All of these industries are profitable, many of the corporations are foreign, and yet they want the American taxpayer to pick up the tab. Surely, Americans would rather see their tax dollars spent helping businesses and individuals who don't have ample means to help themselves.
NO, JUST NO.
Friggin' businesses can look out for their own interests, if anything these penalties are ridiculous, and we don't need to create a CITIZEN FUNDED BUREAUCRACY to deal with this crap. Government for the people my ass.
And before you think I'm on a rant because I download music (I don't,) it's ridiculous that you can go to a music store and steal multiple CD's
and the penalties aren't this bad. Even then you can use the stolen CD's to burn all your friends copies, so why is the penalty 500 times stiffer for using the Internet to do it?
It's an obsolete business model, time to think of something new instead of legislating your way through the business world, *******s.
Apologize for the rage, but the last thing we need is more laws on the books and more money in the crapper.Edited by Arkanor - 6/14/08 at 11:53am