TO Fox News: Concerning your 4:45 PM Segment on 1/22/2012. Could you please get someone on who actually knows something about copyright, property rights, and the constitution to appear on Fox News.
Recently, on Fox News, a three person panel of clueless so-called pundits had a superficial. discussion concerning why the politicians did not understand the implications or SOPA/PIPA. The panel itself, however, did not evoke any comprehension concerning the nature of copyright. The only redeeming comment, they at least did comprehend that these proposed laws went to far.
During that discussion the panel tossed out the obligatory, but incredibly dumb, question "How can we bring the two sides together". The content industry has progressively moved the fulcrum point to the "right" by lobbying Congress to pass laws that give the content industry special privileges and depriving the public of their civil liberties. I have yet to hear the content industry, in the spirit of compromise, to give-up some of their special privileges or to return copyright to its original duration and scope.
You can NOT negotiate with someone who consistently demands give me more, give me more, give me more. The FOX News panel seemingly failed to comprehend this oppressive trend and blindly swallowed the content industry propaganda.
The Fox News panel also made the gratuitous and obligatory statement concerning "stealing". Once again the esteemed panel neglected to think this through. The activity of piracy is actually "infringement" it is NOT "stealing" . When you commit theft, you are depriving the owner of their property. Simplistically, piracy is the use of content in an unauthorized fashion. It is not theft.
U-tube animation illustrating the distinction. Copying Is Not Theft
The content industry has been pushing the "theft" angle because it makes for good sound bytes, is simple, and evokes sympathetic emotions. But there is an obvious counter-intuitive argument; it is the content industry that has actually been doing the "stealing" by changing the law. By changing the law, the content industry is making formerly legal activities criminal. By changing the law, the content industry is eliminating the public domain. By changing the law, the content industry is abolishing fair use. The so-called pundits at Fox News are seemingly oblivious to this repugnant "land-grab" by the content industry. Time for Fox News to stop mindlessly regurgitating content industry propaganda and get a person who has real knowledge on their news panels to add some real fair and balanced analysis.
There is a simple solution to the piracy issue. Restore copyright to its original intent, piracy will be reduced. Formerly legal activities will once again become legal. Legality is what both sides seek. Now will the content industry agree to this compromise?