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Friday, September 26, 2008

  Weapons of Mass distraction used to shield PRO-IP bill passage

Am I the only one that noticed that amid all the hoo-rah and weapons of mass distraction unleashed during the financial crisis that the Senate passed the PRO-IP bill?

It essentially creates a copyright czar reporting directly to the president. The RIAA loves this bill.

My guess is that the extension of copyright's lifetime to the life of the author + 70 years probably will cost the public far, far, far more than a mere 700 billion. That crime was committed years ago.
While the DOJ pushed back, the new PRO-IP bill creates a federal copyright cop which will ultimately put more teeth in the current, wildly violated set of statutes.

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