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SOPA Provisions Being Introduced Piecemeal From Lamar Smith 134

bricko sends this disappointing but not unexpected news from Techdirt: "While it didn't get nearly as much attention as other parts of SOPA, one section in the bill that greatly concerned us was the massive expansion of the diplomatic corp.'s 'IP attaches.' If you're unfamiliar with the program, basically IP attaches are 'diplomats' (and I use the term loosely) who go around the globe pushing a copyright maximalist position on pretty much every other country. Their role is not to support more effective or more reasonable IP policy. It is solely to increase expansion, and basically act as Hollywood's personal thugs pressuring other countries to do the will of the major studios and labels. The role is literally defined as pushing for 'aggressive support for enforcement action' throughout the world. ... In other words, these people are not neutral. They do not have the best interests of the public or the country in mind. Their job is solely to push the copyright maximalist views of the legacy entertainment industry around the globe, and position it as the will of the U.S. government. It was good that this was defeated as a part of SOPA... but now comes the news that Lamar Smith is introducing a new bill that not only brings back this part, but appears to expand it and make it an even bigger deal."
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SOPA Provisions Being Introduced Piecemeal From Lamar Smith

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @05:15PM (#40607443)

    Smith is a congressman for a district in north San Antonio and several, sparsely populated counties surrounding, such as Bandera, Kerr, Kendal, and part of Travis. The people he represents are either too lazy, too stupid, or just flat out don't give a damned and only keep voting him in on name recognition alone. That and some of his constituents are fairly wealthy, and probably have some vested interest.

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dave Emami ( 237460 ) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @05:27PM (#40607579) Homepage
    I'm pretty sure Rampant is referring to this scene [] from Revenge of the Nerds.
  • Re:DAMN DEMOCRATS! (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dave Emami ( 237460 ) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @06:42PM (#40608379) Homepage

    Copyright (and intellectual-property and Internet legislation in general) is one area where Republicans and Democrats are pretty much equal. Unfortunately for us, they're equally horrible. As a sampling, so far we've had:

    The CDA, pushed primarily by a Democrats (Exon) in a Republican congress and signed by a Democratic president.

    The DMCA, passed unanimously by 57 Republican and 43 Democratic senators, and signed by a Democratic president.

    The CTEA, sponsored from beyond the grave by Republican Sonny Bono, likewise passed unanimously by the same Senate and by a Republican House, and signed by a Democratic president.

    Prior to that, we had the Copyright Act of 1976, which among other things also extended the length of copyrights, passed by a Democratic congress and signed by a Republican president.

    Copyright Renewal Act of 1992, passed by a Democratic congress, signed by a Republican president.

    COICA, introduced by Patrick Leahy (Democrat), unanimously passed by a committee of both parties, blocked by Ron Wyden (Republican).

    PIPA, exactly the same as above (though the committee members may have changed, I didn't check that).

    SOPA, sponsored by our good friend Lamar, a Republican, but co-sponsored by members of both parties, backed by groups from associated with both parties and by ex-Clinton and ex-Bush 2.0 administration members.

    So it's basically been a bipartisan buggerfest, for several decades, for almost as long as there's been consumer-available copying equipment.

"How many teamsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?" "FIFTEEN!! YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?"