U.S. Coypright Czar Sounding Very Libertarian

by on June 8, 2011 · 2 comments

The U.S. government doesn’t need to pick winners and losers and the last thing we should think about doing is messing up the Internet with inappropriate regulation.

Amen, sister! The above quote comes from Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the Office of Management and Budget (AKA the Copyright Czar), speaking at the World Copyright Summit in Brussels about how corporate innovation is often more effective than laws. She went on to explain that the cloud-based music services now offered by Apple, Amazon, and Google “may have the effect of reducing privacy by giving value to consumers …” Espinel is an Obama appointee, which calls into question the concerns voiced a year ago that the RIAA is taking over the Department of Justice.

The next stop on her speaking tour should be the Federal Communications Commission.

  • http://twitter.com/McLff Emmett McAuliffe

    Ms. Espinel must have some esoteric knowledge about this “value to consumers” which is supposed to “reduce” piracy.  Because my scorecard after yesterday’s Apple announcement is:  “Do I pay $1.29 for that download, or do I bitTorrent it and have Steve Jobs store it in his cloud, costing me only 99 one-hundred- thouandths of a dollar ($0.00099)?”

    And it does not call into question the concerns voiced a year ago that the RIAA is taking over the Department of Justice.  In fact, it re-echoes those concerns since these cloud services so obviously diminish the value of copyrights yet the same RIAA took an estimated $75 to $150 million payment (read: bribe) from SJobs to look the other way.  See ( http://digitalcontentexchange.blogspot.com/2011/06/icloud-and-piracy-initial-reaction-from.html )

    p.s. Adam … you mean “piracy” above I believe.

  • http://twitter.com/McLff Emmett McAuliffe

    Ms. Espinel must have some esoteric knowledge about this “value to consumers” which is supposed to “reduce” piracy.  Because my scorecard after yesterday’s Apple announcement is:  “Do I pay $1.29 for that download, or do I bitTorrent it and have Steve Jobs store it in his cloud, costing me only 99 one-hundred- thouandths of a dollar ($0.00099)?”

    And it does not call into question the concerns voiced a year ago that the RIAA is taking over the Department of Justice.  In fact, it re-echoes those concerns since these cloud services so obviously diminish the value of copyrights yet the same RIAA took an estimated $75 to $150 million payment (read: bribe) from SJobs to look the other way.  See ( http://digitalcontentexchange.blogspot.com/2011/06/icloud-and-piracy-initial-reaction-from.html )

    p.s. Adam … you mean “piracy” above I believe.

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