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Bush Signs Law Creating ‘PiracyCzar’

Bush Signs Law Creating ‘PiracyCzar’

PRO-IP Acts makes cabinet-level piracy position on par with the US drug czar.

President Bush signed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP Act) into law yesterday which increases penalties for intellectual-property infringement and provides the Justice Department with more resources to coordinate federal and state efforts against counterfeiting and piracy. The bill covers everything from film and TV to music, drugs and software.

The White House had initially opposed the bill out of concern that Congress was making unconstitutional attempts to create executive branch positions and a reluctance to divert precious Justice Dept resources towards civil prosecutions for copyright infringement. After the latter proposal was removed from the bill, the President apparently found the legislation palatable enough to sign.

“President Bush has worked to ensure that there is a level playing field worldwide for American businesses and innovators, free of counterfeiting and piracy,” reads the White House press release.

What I think was his main intent with signing the PRO-IP Act was to please the powerful business concerns who lobbied so heavily for its passage.

“What the Congress recognized and the president has ratified is the critical importance of innovation, technical invention, and creativity to the US economy,” said Rick Cotton, executive VP of NBC Universal. “This law will dramatically move the priority of IP enforcement up the agenda in critical ways.”

I’m sure it’s vital to the US economy that we now have a Copyright Czar who can waste taxpayer money on trying to rid the Internet of pirated “Heroes” or “The Office” episodes.

“By becoming law, the Pro-IP Act sends the message to IP criminals everywhere that the U.S. will go the extra mile to protect American innovation,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

This is the same Tom Donohue who had even gone so far as to recently equate interference with copyright laws with Marxism.

The presidential appointee will chair a committee comprised of representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, the DOJ, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Department of Homeland Security and more. The Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s (IPEC) main role will be to plan how best to tackle copyright infringement with the aid of law-enforcement agencies. However, he or she will have no direct control over how law enforcement agencies operate or prosecute.

“The PRO IP Act broadly reflects the principles of STOP! (The Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy) and helps to reinforce and codify the Administration’s accomplishments in protecting and strengthening the rights of American workers, consumers, and innovators,” continues the White House press release.

Why is that American workers are always the first people as being helped by any signed legislation? It wasn’t American workers who lobbied for the bill any more than it’s American workers who it most protects. The people who worked so hard to get it signed into law are the same ones who stand to gain the most – the entertainment and pharmaceutical industry.

Even more galling is where the press release reads: “The PRO-IP Act protects the work of American innovators, strengthens the rule of law, and will help keep American families safe.”

Safe from what? Bootleg copies of “Iron Man?” Congress has already made sure we can’t import cheaper medications from other countries like Canada which sets price restrictions, so what exactly are American families being kept “safe” from?

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
open_universe
open_universe

Yes the Drug War has been successfully won P2P-Wars are next.

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

By "Level playing field" they really mean "Fulfilling the copyright industries wishlist""This countries finished" -George Carlin

Trencher93
Trencher93

I wonder why people keep giving money to big content companies. Where are the boycotts of movie tickets DVDs CDs DRM solutions like Windows Vista and iTunes and everything else? No one cares that freedoms are being taken away?

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

Trencher that wont work. Now that they have a cezar they will just give them a 700 billion bail out when things get rough.

windoze9x
windoze9x

"strengthens the rule of law"The core element of FREEDOM seems to be law.FREEDOM IS LAW WAR IS PEACE IGNORANCE IS STRENGTHlol

manakazero
manakazero

I'm not that surprised. The lobbyists got exactly what they wanted.

Gamer8585
Gamer8585

G-NEWS:IN THE WORLD TODAY: BUSH RETURNS TO BEING A DOUCHEBAG!Its been a long strange journey. A while back US President George W. Bush announced his opposition to the new Copyright Bill the "PRO-IP Act." Putting him on the side of the majority of Americans; a strange twist of fate that caused many heads to explode and faces to melt. However in a return to classic form President Bush signs the bill into law and his poll numbers sink even lower.In other news: the massive cold front that was threatening the lower depths of the Underworld took a 45 degree turn and passed by. Many damned souls in Hell were hoping for some cool relief from the eternal fires that burns their skins and parches their throat and some demons were hoping to engage in a snowball fight. We asked Satan the Lord of Darkness and Ruler of Hell for comment on the situation "Hell HAS NOT frozen over BITCHES!!!!!!!!!" This was followed by some mindless evil cackling at which point our reporters got the fuck out of there.This has been G-News.

ConfusedMime
ConfusedMime

I reckon in the not so distance future theirs gonna need to be an interweb uprising



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