White House seeks to clamp down on piracy, copyright infringement

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011 13:58 EDT
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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration unveiled a blueprint Monday to beef up digital copyright laws, as part of an effort to adjust intellectual property regulations in the age of the Internet.

“Our efforts focus on combating significant acts of infringement, protecting legitimate uses of the Internet and respecting principles of free speech and fair process,” the 92-page report (pdf) reads.

However, it doesn’t clarify what fair usage of digital copyrighted material would entail.

CNET’s Declan McCullagh reported that the proposals would “curb Internet piracy and other forms of intellectual property infringement” and will boost laws that “aid right-holders and the U.S. government to combat infringement.”

He added that the White House plans to send the proposals, authored by President Barack Obama’s intellectual property enforcer Victoria Espinel, to Congress “in the very near future.”

The effort could have implications for online news and media venues, many of which share content on the understanding that original work is to be property attributed and linked back to the source.

The enhanced copyright protections may be welcome news to other digital media organizations that are disdainful of the sharing of content online.

McCullagh argued that the document “reads a lot like a report that could have been prepared by lobbyists for the recording or movie industry,” as it invokes the recent rise in copyright infringement investigations.

The proposals build on legislation enacted by President George W. Bush in 2008 called the “Pro IP ACT,” which also included ideas by Obama’s current intellectual property enforcer. CNET reported at the time that the measure, championed by the Recording Industry Association of America, “steepen[ed] penalties for intellectual-property infringement.”

Congress has generally supported efforts to beef up copyright laws pertinent to the Internet, including unanimous Senate authorization of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

US industry groups have also played a key role in helping reorganize online infringement laws in other countries, according to documents released by anti-secrecy outlet WikiLeaks.

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  • Anonymous

    GREAT! This will sure keep those jobs in America, keep corporations from screwing us all for our last penny, get us out of two wars that we have NO business in, stop the jobs from going off to other countries, and bring our standard of living back up.

    Is there ANY way a politician can look at the country and do LESS to fix the BIG problems? Yeah, copyright infringement sure is the BIGGEST problem we have here. Oh, and look for more of US to get screwed, and not ONE corporation will do a damned thing for US in exchange. WE get screwed, and big business gets more ways to do it to us.

    Just great.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Doing more work that mirrors Bush. Way to differentiate your regime Obama. How many other Bushite policies will this administration enact?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSUCZCM2JHJMIADMEX66UUPN2E Nick Samuels

    It’s about time. Updating our copyright laws are way overdue. It’s time for artists to get what they desearve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rambotheshark Robin Cooper

    This is not about just “copyright infringement”. These are back door laws to stifle the free exchange of information on the internet.

  • Guest

    OBAMA 2012!!! Yeah…and I’ll have a shit sandwich on Rye, hold the vomit.

  • Anonymous

    This happens to be the latest corporate scam. Here’s how they do it. While this article exemplifies the process, it’s not unique to bit torrent by to anything they can tag it to such as copying and pasting a paragraph from an article somewhere. Caveat emptor! And now, thanks to Obama, they have carte blanche to do it unimpeded.

    100,000 P2P Users Sued in US Mass Lawsuits


    The avalanche of copyright infringement lawsuits in the United States, mainly against BitTorrent users, are about to hit a dubious milestone. In total 99,924 defendants have been sued in the last 12 months, and new cases are being filed at a rapid rate. Adult companies in particular have embraced the profitable pay-up-or-else scheme where tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

    Mass P2P lawsuits have been filed all across the United States in recent months, especially by companies dealing with adult content. They have embraced this new revenue stream by the dozen and new studios are joining every month.

    Through these mass lawsuits the copyright holders are trying to obtain the personal details of (mostly) BitTorrent users who allegedly shared their material online. Once this information is handed over, they then offer the defendant the opportunity to settle the case for a few hundred up to a couple of thousand dollars, thereby avoiding a full trial and potentially even bigger financial penalties.

    In the United States the judicial system is currently being overloaded with new cases, but the scope of the issue was never really clear until now. An anonymous TorrentFreak reader has spent months compiling a complete overview of all the mass P2P lawsuits that have been filed in the US since the beginning of 2010, listing all the relevant case documents and people involved in a giant spreadsheet.

    The research shows that between 8th January 2010 and 21st January 2011, a total of 99,924 individuals have been sued. The vast majority of the defendants have allegedly used BitTorrent to share copyrighted works but a few hundred ed2k users are also included.

    Of the 80 cases that were filed originally, 68 are still active, with 70,914 defendants still in jeopardy.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the one that would apply to everyone on public forums who use quotes from other people, articles, newspapers, etc.

    Suing Your Readers for Spite and Profit
    Copyright suits final hope or last gasp of print media?


  • Anonymous

    I still don’t know the difference between downloading a movie from a stranger or getting into your friend’s car and listening to the new album HE bought. Same principle. It’s a slippery slope and it comes down to NOT protecting the artist, but protecting the billions of corporate dollars…aka RIPOFF.

  • Anonymous

    Yes because the scum at disney never make a dime.

  • Anonymous


    According to the above, it’s more about protecting outdated business models than about protecting intellictual property.

  • David R Velasquez

    Obama, kissing up to the RIAA and MPAA thugs….as part of his recent act of contrition to the US Chamber of Commerce.

    The world will end before he grows a set.

  • Anonymous

    “Copyright infringement is your best entertainment value” – Negativland

  • Anonymous

    They aren’t talking about updating anything but the law enforcement of it. The artists are still going to get screwed by the big companies that dangle millions in front of them, and then screw them for their last pennies.

    Ever hear of the Disney extension? It took place in the late 70′s, and upped the term of copyright for quite a few years. Since then, it’s been upped again, so that now the term is 50 years PAST when the artist is dead. That is NOT for the benefit of the artist, it’s for the CORPORATION that had the artist sign away all their rights for the privilege of recording for them. NOT what the intent of copyright was, or should be. Don’t kid yourself, this has NOTHING to do with the artists at all, it has EVERYTHING to do with the corporations making money for doing NOTHING.

    Remember TLC, the girl group that once had 6 or 7 tunes in the top ten? not one of those women made a dime, in spite of having that much airplay, and that kid of sales. Not one of them made over $30,000 for that feat. Meanwhile, how much did the record company get paid for their “advance” to record the album?

    The game is rigged, and when even those like Elton John tell you that, you have to understand what is REALLY going on. Big business screws EVERYONE it touches, the artist more than the rest. This is just another ay to screw US for more money.

    It just amazes me that business thinks Obama is so “hostile”, when every time he turns around, he’s kissing their asses, giving them more money they DON’T deserve, and allowing them more ways to shaft US for money. Fuck this horse shit. It’s one reason I haven’t bought a CD of music since 1985, that and the fact that 99% of it is corporate crap that I wouldn’t listen to in an elevator.

    And for the record, I am a professional musician and copyright holder. I just HATE what the big business SCUM have turned my industry into.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Just think.. abolish money, abolish private ownership of natural resources, and all of this nonsense goes away.

    The only reason we care about IP is because it parallels the natural resources the few have locked up in dynasties… it is a way for the “common man” to compete with resource mongers so the common man can “earn a living” without owning natural resources themselves. Yet, if no one needed to “pay” for anything, there would be no reason for people to ask for money for their creations… they would create simply to share and bring enjoyment to others.

    So many of our “problems” only exist because of the ancient ways we choose to live in a modern world. And so many of our impending problems are being ignored so we can keep propping up those ancient, unsustainable, failing ways.

    http://www.thevenusproject.com and http://www.zeitgeistmovingforward.com .. 90% unemployment is only a few short decades away. We keep leveraging technology to benefit the few the most, instead of everyone, and that practice is going to bite us in the ass.. hard.

  • dlindem

    I don’t buy music, for the most part new music sucks, same with movies.

    I flat out guarantee that these greedy bastards will never see a dime of my money, ever.

    The only way to get rid of a parasite is to starve it out.

  • http://twitter.com/savagelight ThatBostonMan

    This will make it easy for them to go after anonymous. Just watch.

  • http://twitter.com/savagelight ThatBostonMan

    LMAO @ Abolish money.

  • Anonymous

    One thing for those of you who think this is a good thing: You might want to go to the home page here and look up the article about Michael Moore having to sue to get the profits HE made with Fahrenheit 9-11. Yeah, we can ALWAYS trust big business to be honest and to do the right thing by everyone. And if you believe that, you MUST be a tea bagger.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    President Asshole took an oath to protect my papers and effects. Where’s the pdf on that one?

  • Anonymous


    SEE WHAT THEY ARE UP TO AT:……… inventored.org

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Headline should read:
    White House seeks to suppress Free Speech harmful to it’s corporate partners.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    ROFLMAO, you think the record companies will do that? They screw talent every chance they get, this is only about corporate profits and campaign money.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    As many as they can until people get fed up and Caribou Barbie does the same.

  • Anonymous

    This administration gets worse everyday. I don’t even know what to say anymore.

  • Anonymous

    And what’s the bet that SUSPICION and NOT PROOF will be sufficient to take you down, fine you, jail you and SHUT YOU UP.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    keep laughing, debt slave. Your ignorance will hardly cause pain and misery and suffering to billions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5DNGHRMCYOPUEN6FAVO7JNH7KU d

    Been saying this for years…. Money runs us into slavery. If we all work for eachother and our own then we will create a society of a barter system that sustains itself through giving to others just like us.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Bartering requires you have access to raw resources to convert/trade. The planet is virtually wholly owned by relatively few people at this point… you’re (we’re) a slave because you have to beg the few for resources in the first place. Bartering won’t change that (it’s another form of a monetary system).

    Check out those links (more the second than the first).

  • Anonymous

    No clamp down on piracy by bankers, just those already beaten down and legally defenseless.

  • Anonymous

    the white house really has no pull on any thing …this person does not make the laws …check the people on the hill … any presidents can say any thing they wish… people on the hill has the power…wait sorry the lobbyists has the power…

  • Guest

    Hmm, let’s see here, corruption in the US stems from wars to wall st, to the fed, chamber of commerce, big energy, big banks, health insurers, pharma, and congress, in other words almost a complete state of fascist corruption, yet, this prez has the time to go after copyright infringment, what an absolute farce! This prez is a fool!
    And, it’s going to get worse before it ever gets better

  • Knot

    Corporate money is allowed unlimited secret financing of campaign ads, and independent blogs without access to lawyers will be shut down by fair-use laws. Does anyone else get the feeling that the 2012 elections are going to be the biggest sleazefest in the history of the planet? When ads start running showing a silhouette of Obama snorting coke and his daughters working as escorts for the Secret Service, and there are no independent truth-telling blogs to watch his back, I hope he remembers that he supported the laws that made smear merchants enshrined, and independents outlaws.

  • Anonymous

    I already boycotted the music industry after 25 years of buying at least one cassette, record, then CD per week when they started suing kids and others for obscene amounts of money. Next will be movies if they stat the shit again. A song is one of the only things that you can put a few hours work into and get paid for life, then the company who owns the copywriter profits forever. Does a carpenter get money every time a person uses the deck he built. The good artist are making millions, what is enough for these greedy turds? I have a tablature music book of Kill Em All by Metalica and in an interview Lars mentions how when he was young they would make and exchange tapes and that was how they were exposed to British punk bands. Then years later he attacks people for doing the same. Their career was hit hard! American’s can be so dam greedy, profits go up every year for these turds but that isn’t enough!

  • Anonymous

    So true. And the most recent copyright extension happened, by coincidence, of course, just as copyright in Mickey Mouse was about to lapse.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the final Plutocrat Corporatist Nail in the Cofffin of what in the old days used to be a Wonderful American Paradise of Utopia.


    Laughing my ass off.

  • http://lw-christian.blogspot.com/ SongBookz

    Copyright used to be 20 years with the option of renewing for an additional 20 years until Mickey Mouse got close to falling into the Public Domain. 20+20 was fair, gave creators enough time to earn a decent profit then it became everyone’s property. Extending copyright actually stole from everyone without compensation.

  • Anonymous

    publishers and BMI and ASCAP…………… SCREW THE ARTISTS AND WRITERS
    THE ……. CORP. B O A R D S

    ps. Universities are Screwing their CREATIVE TOO……………….

  • hegesias

    Does the White Hou$e ever do anything besides suck corporate cock?

  • Anonymous

    That’s cool. But can we go after the banksters that robbed us of over $172 billion? Can we find the 15 Billion that got lost on those “pallets” in Iraq? Can the bush crime family go to jail? Can you make McShit pay for that plane he crashed? Can “turd-blossom” be hung for outing a CIA agent? Can the Big Piss tories go to jail for “copyright infringement” on our commons?

    Come on people, let’s do what the Brits are doing:

    UK Uncut was born in a shop doorway.

    On October 27th 2010, just one week after George Osborne announced the deepest cuts to public services since the 1920s, around 70 people ran along Oxford Street, entered Vodafone’s flagship store and sat down. We had shut down tax-dodging Vodafone’s flagship store”….



  • Anonymous

    More change we can believe in. Helping corporate special interests make more money.

  • Anonymous

    “Copyright” comes from Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution. Halfway between the powers of Congress to declare war and to print money it says this: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries” –
    Note that is says absolutely nothing about a “copyright” or a “patent.” Congress did that in order to fulfill its responsibility. They created a copyright office and a patent office. These have become instruments of business. Microsoft Corporation would not exist without copyrights. General Electric would not exist without patents. Etc.
    The original plan to motivate and nurture creative individuals seems to have been overshadowed by efforts to protect the interests of large business organizations.

  • Anonymous

    lol…..man, you just don’t know anything at all about what you are talking about do you. YOU are the greedy turd. A few hours to make a song…..just wow. MOST artist don’t get rich, MOST meanint 99/9999% of them….turd. The ones that do ONLY get rich on volume alone, not price per unit, pennies on the dollar my friend….pennis IF that. For ‘cult’ like artist and homebrew musicians…..hah. Piracy RAPES that work.

    Greedy indeed. You pay more for a disposable movie ticket than a song that last a lifetime. Get your priorities straight….theif.

  • Anonymous

    you don’t actually produce anything do you…..just another consumer in the mill. Good job.


  • Anonymous

    that pay wages, for people to have……jobs.

    apply much thought….or do you just combine and/or confuse drooling with spewing rhetoric propaganda.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KQ4SCKJJD6DMQI7CQJNYGOLNE Graham

    Ripping off music and movies isn’t free speech. Quit trying to pimp the first amendment just so you can be entertained for free.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KQ4SCKJJD6DMQI7CQJNYGOLNE Graham

    The business model isn’t outdated at all. That guy’s logic is moronic. Piracy is what hurts their business and then he complains when the government enforces the law. Real brilliant.