Senators Insist Site Seizures Are NecessaryAdded: Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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Senate Committee on the Judiciary recently hold a hearing over targeting sites engaged in stealing US copyrighted content. On the hearing a number of Senators highlighted the necessity of seizing websites stealing American jobs.
Senators clearly expressed their support for the highly criticized COICA legislation, saying that this would make it easier for ICE to shut down websites suspected of copyright violation.
For example, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) admitted that he knows about concerns by a number of copyright owners arguing that the law didn’t go far enough, as well as by others, worried that it may go too far. He insisted that while the government is working to address these concerns, it is aware that the problem of Internet infringement is substantial and is a drain on the US economy. He also pointed out that the recent studies revealed that almost a quarter of all Internet traffic worldwide is infringing.
However, the problem with the “facts” the Senator mentions is that they are completely bogus, because they are based on biased estimations of rights owners, who have the sole incentive to make the losses appear as dramatic as possible. Back in 2010 the Government Accountability Office has quantified the effects of counterfeit and pirated products. As a result, it was found out that the effects were not as simple as lost sales. Instead, there were even positive effects discovered – for example, consumers benefited from both lower costs and increased access.
However, Senator Leahy doesn’t mind the fact that the rights owners’ estimations are based on guesswork only. He still continues comparing physical piracy with online one, insisting for the necessity to police online services even if they have no ties with the United States.
Next, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is also a bit confused. He believes that commercial file-sharing is the same as non-commercial one. Actually, it seems that ICE believes the same, since almost all the domains seized by the organization had nothing to do with online sales of illegal material.
Finally, the US Chamber of Commerce reiterated its research purporting over 50 billion visits to digital piracy services annually. As for the real “rogue” actions, lively discussed by the senators, the senators seem to conveniently forget about the ICE’s recent site seizure of almost 84,000 sites made “by mistake”, which paralysed the services and insulted their owners and visitors.
February 19th,2011Posted by:
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
|posted by (2011-02-19 14:07:21)|
|The government is full of idiots. How about fixing the damn unemployment, high taxes, infastructure, high fuel, forclosures, out of control debt, and after that, the middle east is about to explode! The government cant get out of its on way, get your prioroties straight. All them need to be fired. Sorry about the rant, thats how goverment makes me feel.|
And this is coming from a black conservative!
Thanks for report SAM!
|posted by (2011-02-19 21:51:42)|
|Please tell me that our idiot goverment can t be filled to overflowing with this many jerks ! ? wheres the usa pirate party we sooo need umn . . .|
|Senators see you as food ready to be eaten and the farted out,dont put them in power.|
|I am very sure when those 84,000 sites that were wrongly seized - oops.. Start suing; the Sen-Idiots will realize how much trouble they are in..|
|It's not senators, it's senilators...|
|pure idiots they are||
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