Anti-Piracy Laws and the Independent Artist
By Michael Jones
On October 13th 2008 former President George W. Bush signed a bill called PRO-IP Act that gave greater protection to intellectual property (IP). Intellectual property is the creative ideas and finished products that come from the mind of an individual. Software, movies and music are examples of intellectual property. Intellectual property comes in three forms; they are trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Unfortunately, there has to be laws to protect the creativity of an individual. Since the internet there has been an explosion of copyright infringement. The black market or torrent websites have been profiting on the backs of creative people working hard to produce songs, movies and writing quality software programs. There are also people who have ten thousand dollars of software on their computer and they did not pay a dime. In the long run who is it who really gets the short end of the stick? It is the honest consumer who does.
There are some opinions that anti-piracy laws need to be completely overturned. Brandon Lee in the article, “Record Industry is becoming obsolete”, says “Progress should be the overturning of federal anti-piracy laws so that popular culture can be available to all people regardless of method of obtainment”. There are opinions that with all of the technology and websites that are out there everything should be free to the public. Specifically, digital music and movies. This is partially coming from the fact that Citibank owns EMI records which are one of the biggest if no the biggest record company in the world. If you remember the bank bailouts Citibank was one of the many banks bailed out by American taxpayers. Therefore, American taxpayers own EMI records and should be able to download music for free. This is a logical prospective from opponents of PROP-IP bill.
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