From an article
'"This bill strengthens the intellectual-property laws that
are vital to the ongoing growth of our economy," Utah
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said.'
It's clearly not as bad as it could have been, but it does not seem
particularly just or balanced to put people in a cage for 3 years for
using a video camera. We'll see if it passes the house. They are still
considering even more draconian copyright measures that would hold developers accountable.
I've often wondered why an insignificant industry that represents such
an small portion of the US economy is able to manipulate Congress so
much and in general hurt the United States of America in the process.
The copyright bills that are being considered, and some like the DMCA
that have passed, produce a climate of fear in the one segment of the
population where we, as a nation, really need there to be no fear;
innovators. If I develop a technology that serves some legitimate
purpose like making it easy for researchers to share large files, but
that technology is then ultimately used by copyright violators to share
music or movies, should Congress even consider holding me accountable?
That is a threat to innovation. When innovators are afraid to innovate
it's a threat to the country.
There is probably no single thing that undermines our future prosperity
more than a lack of innovation ... and the current climate here is
becoming the antithesis to innovation. The highest standard of
living in the world demands the highest level of progress.
Unfortunately, Congress critters are continuing to pass laws that
artifically protect antiquated business models and simultaneous crush
innovation by producing a climate of fear. One might think strong
patents on "ideas" and draconian copyright laws would spur research
based on profit motive, but one would be wrong. It crushes it.
This shortsighted and ultimately foolish behavior, if left unchecked,
will eventually lead to a decline in the American standard of living.