President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

January 12, 2012 -

An interesting story on The Hill points out that U.S. President Barack Obama faces a tough choice if the Stop Online Piracy or Protect IP Acts are passed by lawmakers because he has a vested interest in both Silicon Valley and the entertainment industry - two segments of the business community that heavily contributed to his 2008 campaign and continue to support him in 2012.

If the bills pass and he signs them into law, he will alienate Silicon Valley, and if he vetoes the bills, he will make Hollywood, the music industry and television networks very, very upset.

The president hasn't taken an official position on either bill, and with the news media virtually blacking out any coverage (unless you want to count C-SPAN and a 15 minute report on Bloomberg as coverage), it's not surprising that he hasn't.. but Vice President Joe Biden certainly has a position:

"Look, piracy is outright theft," Biden told Variety last year. "People are out there blatantly stealing from Americans — stealing their ideas and robbing us of America’s creative energies. There’s no reason why we should treat intellectual property any different than tangible property."

Check out The Hill's story for a breakdown of just how much Silicon Valley and the entertainment industry helped the president in 2008, and you'll see how he faces a tough decision should these bills pass - and in an election year to boot. The best thing that can happen for the Internet and President Obama is that both of these bills fail to pass in either chamber.

Source: The Hill, Image credit: www.whitehouse.gov.


Comments

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

Hmm, very tough choice.

Either leave free speech as it is.

Or assist media corporations in binding, gagging, and bending us over a table.

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

Choice - there is no choice, his corporate masters paid to put him in office - now he must deliver for the sake of their Holy ROI.

Greenbacks be praised in the church of greed.

 

Oh and I agree with Biden 100%:

"Look, piracy is outright theft," Biden told Variety last year. "People are out there blatantly stealing from Americans — stealing their ideas and robbing us of America’s creative energies. There’s no reason why we should treat intellectual property any different than tangible property."

Let's look at an example here 'joe'.

Let's say - with tangible property.. I call the police and tell them someone stole my bike!

The police look - see the bike in my driveway and ask... "what do you mean stolen? It's right THERE!" - and I say - well, they made a copy of my bike, see and that means they stole it!

What do you think the cop will put in his report Mr. Biden?

But - with that, I think maybe I'll try that and tell the cop that Joe Biden says it's a crime.

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

Yup, that is part of the problem, they are trying to blur the line between digital downloading and counterfeiting. If, for example, someone had taken the design of the bike and copied it down to the last millimeter and sold it for profit, then that would be IP theft, but downloading a game is not the same thing.

Now my own opinion is that, whilst Piracy is wrong, the current concepts of 'theft' and 'counterfeiting' don't really apply in the case of lone, non-profiteering downloaders, neither of them really describe what is going on, and trying to fit the square peg of piracy into the round hole of the current law-system is Kindergarten legal thinking, they think if they bang the peg hard enough against the hole, it'll go through. It might, but in doing so, the odds are it'll break the entire toy.

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

""There’s no reason why we should treat intellectual property any different than tangible property."

Depends on the property. Take screenshots for an example, companies try to claim that these are their IP because it is a picture of their own game, despite the fact that the person taking the shot chose the position, situation and composition of the picture.

If the US Government claimed it owned all photos of Mt Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty etc, they would be collectively told to blow smoke out of their asses.

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

"Look, piracy is outright theft,"

No, it's not.

"People are out there blatantly stealing from Americans — stealing their ideas and robbing us of America’s creative energies."

I'd say it goes the other way

"There’s no reason why we should treat intellectual property any different than tangible property."

Yes, there is: IT'S - NOT - THE - SAME.

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

NDAA, National Dictatorship of Authoritarian America .

Don't drop the SOPA will soon come to pass and we will become Iran.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

It's been said that Obama will veto either or both of these bills if they cross his desk.  Then again, that's what he also said about the NDAA until they took out one or two provisions he didn't like.  I'm fearing something similar will happen here, as it's been reported that they're taking out only one of the more troubling provisions of SOPA, but otherwise leaves the 98-99% of it which is just a problematic as a whole.  And that taking out only one of the worst aspects of SOPA would be enough to satisfy him, as it did with the NDAA.

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

Good thing Joe Biden's opinions basically don't matter.  To reverse paraphrase Cracked, he's the U.S. version of Ahmadinejad.  He says stupid things that embarrass the country, but the leader likes him enough to keep him around.

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

Tough choice?  Nah.  Just do the right thing.  Simple.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

That requires a spine.

Re: President Obama's Hard Choice on SOPA, PIPA

*gasp!*  Joe Biden, the lapdog of the MPAA and RIAA, supports SOPA?  Will wonders never cease?

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/08/26/report-obama-vp-choice-biden-anti...

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2010/02/16/us-doj-launches-ip-task-force

etc.

 
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