Comments on: Amid SOPA debate, SCOTUS gives Congress broad copyright power On the Case Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:42:45 +0000 hourly 1 By: Intriped Sat, 21 Jan 2012 03:59:15 +0000 Nothing more than an effort to make us even dumber than we have already become. The entire Legislative Gang in Washington DC and throughout each and every state need to be replaced. They are far to long in bed with Hollywood which has a very open marriage with big business that swaps partners with Legislators in DC. Bulldoze the disease upon us and our great nation and do not let any of this nonsense ever become law so that it does not get into the halls of our highest court in the land.

By: AlkalineState Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:43:09 +0000 DifferentOne writes: “People who complain about having to pay for the entertainment and software they enjoy, should try earning a living as a creative professional, and see for themselves just how difficult it is.”

The reason it is difficult to make a living at making music is because it is not that hard to make music. It’s a glut product. You’re competing for ears against teenagers, bald old men, and about 50 million other part-time half-assed ‘musicians’. What we are actually seeing is an appropriate price adjustment for entertainment. The internet has removed some long-held price distortions and monopolies.

The downside is, there will never be another rock star who makes 400 million dollars like Elvis did. Sorry. The upside is, there will be a million bands making 400 dollars each. Which is exactly what they are worth. Personally, I’d rather have the diversity and spread the money around.

By: txgadfly Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:49:43 +0000 A very simple answer — limit the maximum copyright to seven (7) calendar years, no extensions. Put the thing in a Constitutional Amendment. Use a wooden stake and a mallet!

By: bruce1963 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:27:38 +0000 DifferentOne — think about the inherent contradiction in what you just said. You can’t “earn a living” with income you receive after you’re dead.

The notion of “intellectual property” is a legal fiction designed to benefit society by encouraging and supporting creative work. If it works, then fine, but it may not be work as well as the movie industry would have you believe.

In the software industry the notion of intellectual property seems to have actually backfired. Promising developments get stifled in court battles between large companies, and “patent trolls” shake down successful small businesses that didn’t knowingly copy anything.

What’s really surprising is that the highest quality software seems to be “open source” (free and publicly editable). The first evidence of this was a paper in the December 1990 Communications of the Association Computing Machinery that set out to measure the reliability of various suites of Unix utilities and found that an open source suite was dramatically less buggy than any commercial alternative.

The entire notion of intellectual property needs to be revisited for the 21st century. Perhaps intellectual property restrictions should only apply when the property is used directly to generate a profit for the user? But the supreme court is right, it’s not their job to do this.

By: DifferentOne Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:34:59 +0000 We need to carefully protect our right to free speech. But we also need to protect the right of creative professionals to earn a living from their work. Since their work may not earn them fair compensation during their lifetimes, we need copyright protection that extends over many years, as it presently does.

People who complain about having to pay for the entertainment and software they enjoy, should try earning a living as a creative professional, and see for themselves just how difficult it is.

By: AlkalineState Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:27:39 +0000 Right Wing supreme court to legislate where right-wing legislators come up short. SOPA sponsors:

Roy Blunt (R-MO) *
John Boozman (R-AR) *
Scott Brown (R-MA)
Ben Cardin (D-MD) *
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) *
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Marco Rubio (R-FL) *
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
David Vitter (R-LA)*
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)