The report is long – almost politically long. And the intellectual property thieves, singled out by the report, resides by and large, outside the jurisdiction of the United States government. China and Russia were pointed to as examples of intellectual property thieves. The report suggest America do something about IP theft.
Joejolly scanned that report and did not see American citizens singled out as intellectual property thieves. The focus was international – mainly Russia and China. While the Internet is international, America’s laws are not. And negatively impacting trade among countries would just make a bad economic situation worse.
So, when it comes to the theft of American Intellectual property, are Americans exempted? Americans have been singled out for cruel and unusual punishment for illegally downloading music. Listen to this exchange:
WASHINGTON (AP) – The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet.
The surprise remarks by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during a hearing on copyright abuses represent a dramatic escalation in the frustrating battle by industry executives and lawmakers in Washington against illegal music downloads.
During a discussion on methods to frustrate computer users who illegally exchange music and movie files over the Internet, Hatch asked technology executives about ways to damage computers involved in such file trading. Legal experts have said any such attack would violate federal anti-hacking laws.
“No one is interested in destroying anyone’s computer,” replied Randy Saaf of MediaDefender Inc., a secretive Los Angeles company that builds technology to disrupt music downloads. One technique deliberately downloads pirated material very slowly so other users can’t.
“I’m interested,” Hatch interrupted. He said damaging someone’s computer “may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights.”
The senator acknowledged Congress would have to enact an exemption for copyright owners from liability for damaging computers. He endorsed technology that would twice warn a computer user about illegal online behavior, “then destroy their computer.” […]
If the neocons can sneak the IP Commission’s Report through, it will be a bigger disaster than their sneaking through the idea that rolling bank laws back to the Great Depression era was modernization.
As joejolly has said on many occasions, the Internet has a comfort zone for everyone – for the good, for the bad and for the ugly. And anyone can play any role at anytime. Business ethics permitted both America and Germany to hire Internet hackers who demonstrated a lot of skill.
Big business(American) wants the Internet and it wants it now. While it can’t really do much about what Russia or China does with the Internet, it can do something about Americans. One neocon politician took the approach that America, the country, can’t own the Internet. Only people can own the Internet.
So, the IP Commission is not focusing on America – at this time. What is being suggested will work in America but not in Russia or China. President Bush(George W.) attempted to own the sky. That Doctrine provoked a response from both Russia and China. And so the “sky’” remains the common heritage of mankind – like the United Nations said.