Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus Singles Out Five Nations

May 22, 2009 -

On Wednesday game publishers' lobbying group ESA issued a press release praising members of the bipartisan Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus for singling out Spain, Canada, Mexico, Russia and China as anti-piracy priorities for 2009.

ESA CEO Michael Gallagher praised the IAPC in a press release:

We thank the Caucus for this year issuing a challenge to Canada and Mexico to pass additional legislative protections – such as prohibitions on ‘mod chips’ and other circumvention devices that are used to play pirated games – and to follow through with greater enforcement and border controls.

We also thank the Caucus for highlighting the severe problems that exist for our industry and other copyright industries in Spain. Online and peer-to-peer piracy are rampant and virtually unchecked in Spain and in other major European markets...

But Nick Farrell of the U.K.-based Inquirer, doesn't think much of the caucus, implying that the senators and representatives on the IAPC have been lobbied by the RIAA and other IP rights holders. Farrell writes:

The RIAA has got its tame politicians in the US congress to rail at other nations that don't hold such a jack-booted attitude toward copyright infringement as the Land of the Free...

[IAPC] singled out Baidu, China's largest Internet search engine, as being "responsible for the vast majority of illegal music downloading in China." That's interesting, because Baidu does the same thing as Google which, as a powerful US company, the music industry has not dared to denounce...

It seems almost as though the entertainment mafiaa would like the US to mount a cross-border raid into Canada over its perceived lack of draconian copyright enforcement and wants the US to treat its NATO ally Spain as a pariah for having the temerity to say that peer-to-peer file sharing over the Internet isn't a crime.

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Re: Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus Singles Out Five Nations

Oh well... time to put on my tri-cornered hat, my eye patch and parrot, I guess.

With all their beady little eyes
And flapping heads so full of lies
Blame Canada!
Blame Canada!
We need to form a full assault
It's Canada's fault!
They're not even a real country anyway.
 
 
 
 ... I wish I had a pirate emote.
"I'd far rather be happy than right any day."

Re: Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus Singles Out Five Nations

LOL!!!

South Park the Movie.

I have that song on my iTunes.

Everytime I think about the song, I imagine how many parental feminist groups would one day blame Japan for Hentai and I can only sit back and think of how much this song makes sence. 100% accurate about American Political culture.

 

TBoneTony

Re: Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus Singles Out Five ...

Re: Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus Singles Out Five Nations

I just read through the recent news article in the link, and they compare saving the media industry to saving the auto industry. What I want to know is how they hope to extend U.S. copyright law into other reaches of the world, especially through the intagible realm of the internet.


 

Re: Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus Singles Out Five Nations

"[IAPC] singled out Baidu, China's largest Internet search engine, as being "responsible for the vast majority of illegal music downloading in China." That's interesting, because Baidu does the same thing as Google which, as a powerful US company, the music industry has not dared to denounce..."

 

lol awesomely true.

Re: Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus Singles Out Five ...

I seem to have heard an idiom before that goes something like ""People who live in glass houses should not throw stones."

Making the claim that they are is a little hypocritical at this time don't you think?

Re: Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus Singles Out Five ...

Canada, rly? I can understand mexico, china, russia, but Canada???

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