RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

January 5, 2012 -

The RIAA earlier this week strongly and quite publicly rejected calls to support the OPEN Act, the SOPA alternate online piracy bill from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The group which represents the music industry said that the OPEN Act was not a "meaningful solution" to the problem of online piracy.

RIAA senior executive vice president Mitch Glazier argued that the ITC doesn't move fast enough for their tastes.

"Every day that these sites operate without recourse can mean millions of dollars lost to American companies, employees, and economy, and an ongoing threat to the security and safety of our citizens," Glazier said. "Why in the world would we shift enforcement against these sites from the Department of Justice and others who are well-versed in these issues to the ITC, which focuses on patents and clearly does not operate on the short time frame necessary to be effective?"

Glazier pointed to a patent infringement claim from Kodak against Apple and Research In Motion as evidence. A ruling for that is expected in September. The case was originally filed in January 2010.

"SOPA was introduced to address the devastating and immediate impact of foreign rogue sites dealing in infringing and counterfeiting works and products," Glazier added. "More proof why the OPEN Act is not a meaningful solution to a serious problem."

Source: The Hill

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Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

2 things:

-Why is it so easy for all people on this site to admit that no money or jobs are lost due to copyright infringement of music, TV and movies; however, when it comes to games, it's suddenly hypocrisy/a bad defense to say so?

-Second, he's mostly right. OPEN is not substantially better than SOPA. This is why BOTH should fail. PIPA, SOPA and OPEN are just the continuation of a long string of such attempts at passing draconian laws and should be prevented with all our might.

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I reject it because it's just political BS at this point.

"Jobs" is just another buzzword to excuse any over the top, draconian law that corporations try and shove down our throats.

It's used when these companies are making record profits... profits that are NOT filtering down to their employees.

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I don't think I've seen many people say that piracy of video games is a good thing.  What I have seen is people saying that draconian, customer-punishing DRM is a pretty stupid way to try to fight piracy.

And even if he happens to be right that OPEN is kind of shitty, his reason for thinking so (the fact that it actually has some kind of due process, rather than them being able to kill a website at the drop of a hat) is all wrong.

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Wow. Did you do that on purpose or is were you hyper-tired or something? Reread, re-answer?

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Ok... Let me see if I can figure out this:

-Why is it so easy for all people on this site to admit that no money or jobs are lost due to copyright infringement of music, TV and movies; however, when it comes to games, it's suddenly hypocrisy/a bad defense to say so?

When you say "this site" are you referring to GamePolitics? When you say "people" are you referring to commentors? Honest questions. It goes a long way to figuring out the answer you are seeking.

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Yes, yes I was. As you can see, in this thread, a lot of people have claimed that the lost jobs & money were exaggeration/lies. However, when we have copyright infringement debate about video game, most commentators of this site will deride anyone replying the same thing to the publishers. Again, I'm part of the game industry myself, but this does nothing but make us look hypocritical.

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Ok. I understand a bit more. Usually those two groups of people do not overlap though. Most people are in one camp or the other.

As for the numbers lost, I never believe them no matter who says them. It doesn't matter if it is the games industry, music movies, tv, books, whatever. The losses they claim from piracy are a far cry from what reality would say.

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Ditto on that.

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To be clear, my point was not for or against said claims, just that to the exterior, GP's readers could appear somewhat hypocritical...

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Well to me it's hard NOT to call BS on those claims, partly because publishers have had a nasty habit of closing developers that even do games that are major hits.

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Considering it seems many of these 'victim' companies were directly responsible for encouraging file-sharing and piracy, attempting to use a nuke on these same sites and the whole internet now they don't like it is nothing but the baldest hypocrisy.

http://youtu.be/WJIuYgIvKsc

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

They've been saying stuff like this for so long that I wonder if they actually believe their own lies.  But they're still essentially begging mommy and daddy to save them from the monsters under their bed.

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Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

"Hell no, that would mean we would actually have to go to court and prove stuff!  It's much better for us if we can just have any website we don't like taken down at our immediate whim."

Hate the RIAA so much...

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Musical acts like Limp Bizkit, Insnae Clown Posse, and Kesha(I refuse to put that asinine dollar sign in it) are still making money, so their claims are absolute SHIT.

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

I hope they don't settle for OPEN and get nothing. These chumps are so used to getting what they want but I think enough public opinion is agianst them that they might not actually get it this time around.

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Wow. They pretty much said "terrorism" without saying "terrorism".

Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Strawman much RIAA?


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Without shame; and who can blame them? It obviously works... -.-

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Re: RIAA Rejects Calls to Support OPEN Act

Ahh, once again the RIAA falls back on the mythical figures of lost revenue and lost jobs.

Yet, there is no proof that if SOPA passes that they'll suddenly find this revenue and create these jobs.

These comments are simply more proof that groups like the RIAA want power they should never be allowed to have.

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