Sunday, June 21, 2009

When Monoplists´ interests are above the Law

For years, Hollywood pushed Congress to pass laws that would hold colleges and universitiesresponsible for cracking down on unauthorized file sharing that happened on campus. The threat was that if universities didn't stop file sharing, Congress could withold federal financial aid funds from students. That's quite a big stick. What justified it? Well, the MPAA put out a report claiming that 44% of "losses" from file sharing came from college campuses. Of course, the number (like so many out of entertainment industry lobbyists) was entirely made up. In fact, it was so ridiculous that even the MPAA came out and publicly admittedthe numbers were bogus and apologized!

You would think, after that, Congress would think twice about passing a law that was written based on such bogus numbers. Think again.
Congress had no problem rushing it through and getting it signed by the President.
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