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Old 1st December 2011
Originally Posted by charles maynes View Post
I really wish the sea werent so filled with muck in the matter- Google and the big aggregators are certainly not on the sides of the copyright holders. It feels very much like a dip into NYC or Chicago power politics. And it should be a simple enough matter for the government to efficiently draw laws which are technology independent and are more concerned with protecting the idea instead of the bits and bytes. And it certainly shouldnt require 200 million dollars worth of lobbying to get it done.
a little common sense could go a long way. we are well on the way to the snake eating it's own tail, and there's an old saying, "you don't miss your water, till your well runs dry".

alot of this plays out in an epic battle between two government agencies, the judiciary committee who is sympathetic to the infringement and protection of IP, and the commerce committee who supports the telecos, tech and ISPs...

I can't recommend enough the new book by robert levine, it does sway towards to pro-IP side of things, but it doesn't pull punches in unraveling the history of how we got here.

Book Review: Free Ride by Robert Levine - Businessweek Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back (9780385533768): Robert Levine: Books

and from his blog:
Thoughts on SOPA