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Followup on “ARGH!!! Andrew the Moron.”

Back in March, there was a consultation to be made on the Joint Strategic Plan on Copyright Enforcement. I wrote a very nice response for it, and then sent a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT one by accident (hence the topic). I noticed it 4 days later, and sent an email explaining, and giving the corrected version.

The  responses are now on the web, here.

My response is not there. Either one.  A bit disappointing really. Make that VERY disappointing.

However, I’m more disappointed  by the actual contents of the report Ms Espinel released. It makes little notice of the purpose of “Intellectual Property” (aka Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks) given in the US Constitution, and focuses on economic benefits. Actually, it focuses on alleged economic losses because of ‘lax’ protection. Just to be clear, the purpose of copyright, enshrined in the piece that allows the US Congress to pass copyright laws (and which, therefore, should be the prime focus of all such laws) is as follows:

The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

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;

It doesn’t say ‘to promote the ECONOMY, or certain industries, it says the progress of the whole field. And frankly, if that means that certain industries fall behind, have to restructure, or go out of business, well, too bad.

That’s what Capitalism is all about. Not that it’s stopped the Vice President talking crap either. But he was bought years ago, and is well known for talking crap.

  1. July 20, 2010 at 09:01 | #1

    Did you send it in as a private (Pirate ;)) person or on behalf of the Pirate Party US? Are there any rules on who can contribute?

    • ktetch
      July 20, 2010 at 09:49 | #2

      I sent it in personally, I was not an official representative of the US Party at the time. I do not believe there are many restrictions, no.

  2. July 20, 2010 at 09:56 | #3

    “I do not believe there are many restrictions, no.”

    …besides the one that seems to be the problem here: You voiced the “wrong” opinion. *R.I.P. democracy*

    Keep fighting the good fight though!

  3. July 20, 2010 at 09:57 | #4

    Btw, I got the following when trying to follow your blog on Networked Blogs (FB):

    “Blog does not exist.

    If you have changed the name of your blog after installing the widget, then please re-install the widget to get the updated link.”

    • ktetch
      July 20, 2010 at 10:02 | #5

      oh, I deleted it on there, it wasn’t working too well, so i went back to wordpress’s direct publishing on FB (especially since they upgraded it last week)

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