Rep. Blackburn Seeks Stronger IP Laws

This week Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said that one of her top priorities this year is to ramp up intellectual property rights and "rogue websites" legislation this year. She called on fellow conservatives to join her in this fight.

This is the same representative that introduced a bill earlier this year to gut the FCC’s net neutrality rules. The two positions seem at odds with each other if you consider that the conservative mantra is smaller government, less regulation. Apparently, less regulation is only good when it serves the interest of corporations and lobbyist groups you support.

Her call for better intellectual property rights legislation includes the introduction of – you guessed it – more regulations and rules. Speaking this week at the "State of the Net" conference in Washington, DC this week, Blackburn laid out three propositions to deal with intellectual property rights issues (from Ars Technica):

Proposition 1: The ascendant economic sector is the Creative Economy.

Proposition 2: The primary commodity in this economy is intellectual property.

Proposition 3: The Creative Economy thrives online, in what is a unique, prosperous, and until recently free marketplace.

Blackburn also wants patent reform that includes "strict deterrents to infringement," user-controlled privacy legislation, and "rouge website" legislation that deals with questionable websites on the internet offering everything from piracy to knock-off drugs.

That sounds like more government — not less — to me.

Source: Ars Technica

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