Recently, the US House of Representatives introduced a “rogue websites” bill to counter the absolute torrent (pun intended) of foreign copyright infringers who make a living by stealing and trading in the intellectual property of others. Here’s some snippets of the article from Xbiz:
“The legislation would let the U.S. Attorney General seek court orders to block foreign websites that steal and sell U.S. products.”
““Rogue websites that steal and sell American innovations have operated with impunity,” Smith said. “The online thieves who run these foreign websites are out of the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies and profit from selling pirated goods without any legal consequences.””
Then we get a quote from an attorney since they know everything and aren’t motivated by money at all right? But this attorney is an expert in this matter because he represents a large number of *cough* alleged *cough* copyright infringers.
“This bill, like the companion Protect IP Act pending in the Senate, will impose undue burdens upon online service providers to monitor and police user activity, and ultimately stifle free speech on the Internet,” adult industry attorney Larry Walters told XBIZ.
“While it may be appropriate to consider new approaches to protecting intellectual property in the digital age, shutting down websites based on mere allegations is inconsistent with fundamental constitutional values such as due process and freedom of expression.”
Now here’s the thing to keep in mind. Walters is an attorney. Of course he would be opposed to the government doing anything that cuts his profession out of their piece of the pie. There are literally 100s of 1000s of foreign-based copyright infringers. According to Lawrence Walters, if you’re a copyright holder, you should have to sue each and every one of them individually. That in essence would bankrupt copyright holders so of course no one will do it. What this means is that as long as the government doesn’t pass tough copyright laws there will always exist a problem with piracy. And lawyers like Walters will be there to represent the pirate and another attorney will be there to represent the copyright holder. At the end of the day…the lawyers win. The only things lawyers will ever oppose are things that don’t require a lawyer. One wonders how Walters would feel about a law that would require an individual to be accompanied by a lawyer at all times. Quite the win/win scenario for attorneys eh?
Or like the old Demotivator poster says:
“If you’re not a part of the solution, there’s good money to be made in prolonging the problem.”