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Lobbyists stage pro-copyright event in U. S. capitol

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 14 Oct 2007 6:41 User comments (21)

Lobbyists stage pro-copyright event in U. S. capitol Last week, a copyright lobbying group called the Copyright Alliance held an expo in Washington DC that looked a little more like a three ring circus, to show elected officials how serious they are about copyright. The event was filled with the paraphernalia of entertainment industry propoganda, from RIAA t-shirts reading "Feed a musicion, download legally" to Entertainment Software Association (ESA) posters proclaiming "Game Over Pirates Game Over."
And what Washington event would be complete without a few government officials. With organizations like the RIAA, MPAA, ESA, and Association of American Publishers joined by company representatives from Microsoft, Viacom, NBC Universal, and Walt Disney, it was ineveitable that visitors from Congress and the White House would be interested. Unfortunately for expo organizers, the Senate was in recess all week, and the House of Representatives wasn't in Session that day because of a funeral.

There were still a few die-hard copyright industry supporters who made brief appearances. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Commitee, responsible for copyright law, showed up for a photo op, saying "When you walk into this room, a copyright becomes real." He also referred to a bill supposedly being written in his office to "bring together" the major U.S. intellectual property regulatory and enforcement bodies. He didn't give any further details about the bill, and neither did his office when contacted later.

Source: CNet News

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114.10.2007 7:35
nobrainer
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Ah the give us all your money and f**k off lobby! Fair use, what's that!

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feed a musician, download legally
all i got to say is c**ksuckers!

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214.10.2007 9:15

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Feed a musician, download legally

How can they possibly compare the loss of record sales to malnourishment? Millions of people in countries around the world really do go hungry. This is the most despicable low brow tactic I've seen yet.

(There was a south park episode a few years back that pointed out how ridiculous this idea was)
For just a dollar a day you can help these poor malnourished musicians. After all everyone knows true musicians can only survive on caviar and crystal!
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314.10.2007 9:15
vinny13
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Ugh those guys make me sick! I hope they die and burn in hell!

lol

414.10.2007 9:37

its more like "Furnish an RIAA member with a very expensive cars and homes, download legally". idiots.

514.10.2007 10:43

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feed a musician, download illegally

Fix for the greater truth, the media mafia is is taking all the money away as the middle man, the middle man has now become the king demanding his servants (artists) and slaves (consumers) to stop poaching his fields.

614.10.2007 11:59

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"Feed a musicion, download legally"
Feed a musician, download an album illegally and mail the artist two bucks. It's more than they'd get from the blood-sucking labels.

714.10.2007 12:34

What self-respecting human being would wear an RIAA shirt? This propaganda makes me sick, as if they needed more press.

814.10.2007 14:43

omg...what a bunch a f**kups...i mean come on seriously now, what is that going to accomplish.

They can't even plan a rally properly,

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Unfortunately for expo organizers, the Senate was in recess all week, and the House of Representatives wasn't in Session that day because of a funeral.
ugh, morons.
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914.10.2007 19:24

I love this, first they humiliate themselves by wearing RIAA Propaganda then the exact people they are trying to influence are out of town due to a funeral and recess. Apparently the copyright "supporters" don't have much in the mental department.

Anyone up for a anti-copyright or Anti-DRM rally at the american capitol?

If so, we will be sure to do it when the house of representatives and the senate are both in session so it makes an impact and shows we know what we are doing unlike the "Pro-Copyright" people. :P

1014.10.2007 19:32

The last CD I purchased was Brooks & Dunns Hillbilly Deluxe. I haven't heard any music that I just couldn't do with out. I listen to the radio and the radio isn't on a music station. I became fed up with radio stations and labels pushing artists with little talent while good artists were left by the wayside. As far as music goes, the artists should play it live the same way it was recorded. Thats the reason so many recording artists (Example: Mel Tillis had his band "The Statesiders" record and tour with him) have their own bands. I realize there is a place for studio musicians but when artists go on tour the songs performed should sound very close to what they recorded.


Just my $.04 (Inflation)

1114.10.2007 21:45

This is a very contemporary cheap agenda. As you all know, election is just around the corner. The exaggeration is absurd! Perhpaps, they need to take on a different career path.

1215.10.2007 9:57
spydah
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i think these people all took that trip there in a short yellow bus with helmets and body pads on. Then before they got off the bus they had a permanent marker and glue sniffing contest to see who's brain cells would evaporate fastest.

1315.10.2007 11:36
morguex
Inactive

Originally posted by spydah:
i think these people all took that trip there in a short yellow bus with helmets and body pads on. Then before they got off the bus they had a permanent marker and glue sniffing contest to see who's brain cells would evaporate fastest.
You forget the mittens pinned to their sleeves and their shoes marked with giant "R's and L's", you know so they put then on the correct feet.

Good lord these riaa people really are stupid.

1415.10.2007 11:41

P51ride
Music for the most part has gone to hell and country has tuned into the bastard child of rock.

1515.10.2007 15:16

feed a musician?

how about feed a musician's leeches? As so many studies have shown, wouldn't it benefit big business most?

a$$holes.

1615.10.2007 15:38

Exactly, download illegally, donate to the band.

1715.10.2007 17:23
theridges
Inactive

Originally posted by nintenut:
Exactly, download illegally, donate to the band.

thats not always true though...
there was just an article on here where a musician in a rock group said he didn't care if people bought his cd because he gets 0$ from it anyways the label gets all cd sale money im sure its the same if you download the song legally...
the thing is cd sales and song downloads count for so little with artist most artist make money from live shows and endorsements...

1815.10.2007 17:36

I'm saying download the songs illegally and donate to the band directly, add to their income... What are you on about?

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1919.10.2007 13:40

Someone REALLY needs to keep an eye on this John Conyers AND his bill. Find out when he is comming up for re-election. I would bet that will be soon. The pigs already loaded his re-election funds with tons of money in exchange for the new bill. That bill will be the beginning of end of the war.

2019.10.2007 14:18

John Conyers, is in the 14 district of MI next election.

If the public does not fight back we could get all sorts of crazy laws. I love how the upcomming law is to protect starving artists. Why are they starving? Because the lawyers (the Media Mafia) keeps most of the profits. That is where the law needs to be change. Why should some organization get all the profit and do nothing but legal stuff, contracts and suing? That is not the arts this is wahat is wrong with the USA.

Here is a blog site you can vent out side this one.
http://somafm.com/blogs/rusty/2007/07/pe...orm-parity.html

2123.10.2007 7:00

A pointless get together.

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