Copyright laws say “‘the music industry controls music”

From Slashdot Your Rights Online Story | Overzealous Enforcement Means Even Legit Music Blogs Deleted

This is exactly the spirit of the law (Score:5, Insightful)

by damburger (981828) on Sunday February 14, @01:48PM (#31135884)

The laws in question are basically a way of saying ‘the music industry controls music. There shall be no music without our say so’ whilst appearing to be a justified set of rules to make the industry fair. Even if this were the first example (it really, really is not) then nobody ought to be at all surprised. Few service or hosting providers have the balls to actually look into the matter when a legal-sounding letter arrives; they just err on the side of not being taken to court and comply immediately, which is exactly the kind of environment the content industry has sought to create.

Rather than there being a presumption of innocence for those publishing on the web, and the rights holder having to prove guilt – there is a a presumption of guilt and the publisher has to prove innocence, normally with far fewer legal funds available than the rights holder. There is also no consequence to the service/hosting provider for taking content down.

In a society so thoroughly and openly corrupt, how can this be a surprise? If the entire government and legal system is open to the highest bidder (true in every western nation I can think of) then naturally the intent of all laws will be to keep entrenched elites in place.

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