After reading this article about Congressman Howard Berman from California, I was disgusted. Basically, he wants to hold universities accountable for the rampant amount of piracy and file sharing that goes on at universities.
Berman has announced that he is accelerating his subcommittee’s hearings on piracy at American colleges and universities, and he is preparing an multi-fronted attack on what he characterizes as the hypocrisy of higher-education in the United States. Berman is upset by the apparent difficultly both the RIAA and the MPAA are having working with universities to catch file sharers.
Why does this make me mad? Simple, the government and big business need scapegoats. They are afraid to point the blame for a slumping economy on their own greed, lies, cheating, stealing, and general devious and evil nature, so they chose to blame college kids. As much as this country likes to do things, as my father says, “for the children”, they are quick to drag high school and college students through the muck when it serves their purposes. It is truly pitiful. When will big business and politicians realize that THEY are the problem. They want to protect their money and their power, so they will do anything to protect it…even if it means placing the blame on kids downloading the new Fall Out Boy online.
Need another reason…read the snippet below from this article:
When Congressman Berman stands up for Hollywood, Hollywood stands up for him—and that means campaign contributions. In the most recent election cycle, Berman received just over $166,000 from the movie and music businesses, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. This was by far his largest single bloc of support (it was followed by lawyers and real estate agents). The top seven contributors this year to his campaign read like a Hollywood roll call: Time Warner, News Corp., Viacom, Sony, Disney, General Electric (owner of NBC), and Vivendi.
I rest my case.