Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Are you kidding me?

I was reading this article on news.com about how the RIAA and the MPAA are lobbying the entire presidential field to declare that they support those organizations' view on copyright. Here's the quote which led me to this post,
"While national security and health care have dominated this season's campaign dialog, a key issue for the 2008 presidential candidates includes their commitment to recognizing the critical importance of intellectual property rights," wrote MPAA chief Dan Glickman.
Are you kidding me? These two draconian organizations that have demanded DRM to lock down digital downloads and treating the very people who purchase their products as criminals, and who sue pre-pubescent girls into the stone-age is saying their concerns are as important as health care? What moron came up with this campaign?

Here's another quote which leaves me scratching my head,
RIAA chief Mitch Bainwol put it this way: "When Americans vote, they are making decisions about the values important to them. And one of those values must be a commitment to creativity. For some, that commitment will be a function of the economic significance of intellectual property. For others, that commitment will be about the power of the ideas our content spreads throughout the world. But the commitment to intellectual property rights, whatever the motivation, is what we must look for."
Ummm, isn't this from the organization whose member companies are starting to have their artists tell them, "We don't need you anymore?" Anyone else think these folks are desperate. In an age where the Hollywood writers are on strike and no one seems to much care because of all the creative stuff on youtube, the very idea that they'd try to have voters bend over and take it for these dinosaurs is insane. What are they thinking?

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