FMC on Congress Hitting "Pause" on SOPA & PIPA

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Both these hastily written

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 20, 2012 - 3:23pm.

Both these hastily written and far too broad bills would have as much effectiveness as the RIAA suing a preteen downloader. It is great news that lawmakers will have to rethink their strategy (or lack thereof).

Regarding those industry

Submitted by Dr Roger Wallis, Royal Institute of TEchnology, Stockholm, S (not verified) on January 23, 2012 - 1:37pm.

Regarding those industry attempts to push through Draconian laws on piracy - interesting how the major film and music companies have co-opted the labour unions (film hands association, musicians union) to do their PR for them. The BBC had a sport on this the other day and support for the new laws was provided by the chairman of the US film industry film hands association (film workers).
THe simple facts from Sweden that a) those who download films regularly buy more cinema tickets than those who do not, b) that an increasing number of those who download illegally are buying cinema tickets regularly, and c) a diminishing number of those who do not download regularly are buying cinema tickets, does not seem to affect the heated arguments.
There was a good quote in the Financial Times from one Tim O'Reilly ( of a technology friendly media company)

"SOpa and Pipa not only harm the Internet, they support existing content companies in their attempt to hold back innovative business models that will actually grow the market and deliver new value to consumers"
This tallies with my experience at our UNiversity in STockholm (Dept of Media Technology) where I have seen so many new initiatives from students which have ben immediately squashed after receiving nasty threatening letters from big media companies.

Personally I think these step

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 3, 2012 - 3:57am.

Personally I think these step are necessary, even if they look draconic, since the self regulation of the internet simply doesn't work at all. Highly illegal things are considered as legal and everybody is just blaming the bad rich music industry. People can't go to your house and take away what they want, too, somehow the sense for right and wrong doesn't seem to work well in the digital world.

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