Record industry lobby attains chutzpah singularity

IFPI, the international recording industry lobby, has gone on the offensive to save ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, an unprecedented international copyright agreement negotiated in secret (so secret that even Congress and the European Parliament weren't allowed to see it). In recent weeks, popular protests against ACTA have grown, and many nations are pulling back from ACTA.

IFPI doesn't like this. In fact, it says that popular demonstrations calling for substantive treaty negotiations to take place in the open "silence the democratic process."

In this statement, IFPI is using the term "democratic process" in a highly technical, specialized manner, citing a little-understood definition: "a process undertaken by corporate lobbyists and unelected bureaucrats without public oversight or transparency."

Another specialized vocab use that's interesting is the word "silencing," which, again, is used in the rare technical sense of "marching in the streets in thousands-strong throngs asking lawmakers to oversee and publicly debate international agreements."

Over the past two weeks, we have seen coordinated attacks on democratic institutions such as the European Parliament and national governments over ACTA. The signatories to this letter and their members stand against such attempts to silence the democratic process. Instead, we call for a calm and reasoned assessment of the facts rather than the misinformation circulating.

IFPI & Other Lobbyists Tell Parliament That ACTA Protests Silence The Democratic Process


  1. Dearest MAFIAA:

    The democratic process is where you lot shut the fuck up and the electorate decides what to do with you, not the other way around.

    1. Unfortunately, due to unjustly extended copyright terms and bought laws transferring huge amounts of money from the public to a chosen elite, MAFIAA and similar corporate entities already have too much money on their hands. So much, that they can now raise their game to the major leagues and attempt to change the legal environment for whole nations, and laws that secure more profit, despite being toxic to the people.

      The only way around it is to address the core issues with copyright laws (read terms), reinstall the sanctity of fair use and make it illegal and prosecutable for corporations to collude with governments. Governments negotiating behind closed doors against the interests of their constituents is a fire-able offense. 

      Protecting ourselves from the ongoing attacks is inefficient, as these entities keep growing, keep corrupting our politicians and laws, keep pushing the public interests out of the equation.

      So, no, they won’t shut the fuck up because their scap is too profitable and they’ve become too powerful. So it is up to us to restore balance.

  2. Government does something the people do not want, people protest, government listens to people and changes policy. Democracy seems to be working just fine on this issue.

  3. Every time I hear that some interest group is lobbying in this way my resolve to illegally download everything increases.

    You hear me you stupid fucks? You are making enemies of your customers to the point where your poorly-made guilt trip ads telling me that I wouldn’t steal a car have me thinking “If it was the president of RIAA or IFPI’s car I would steal it and torch it”.

    1. The FBI will be happy to give them a copy of your download data once the punishment is agreed upon. That’s why a law needs to be passed enshrining freedoms: they won’t quit.

  4. So am I living completely in my own little world when I speculate that we might be able to get everybody (or at least the vast majority) to… I dunno… STOP going to movies, buying DVDs and CDs, stop going to concerts, and stop watching TV programs produced by anyone other than independent artists and filmmakers for… say… a month?  What are they going to do?  Make you pay to watch their latest craptacular 3-D remake at gunpoint?

  5. haha… :(
    Came to make a quip like, ‘don’t look directly into the centre!”
    but really, when will the public perception of an ‘attack’ disseminate with enough impending doom to spur an instinctual, self-preservation based push for moderation?

  6. This is one of those things I consider a punchable offense. If I saw the person who wrote this in public, I would state who they are to all around and punch them hard and invite all others to do the same…

  7. Chutzpah Singularity, eh?

    That’s a pretty good stab at naming the sort of comment that makes you want to disembowel the author, piss in their face, and strangle them with their own filthy entrails, but I think it slightly misses the mark…

    You see, chutzpah, at least as I understand it, is a quality it’s possible to admire. It could be a guy with no qualifications bluffing his way into a sweet gig, for example… I guess to deny anything positive in the concept by using it to describe this linguistic atrocity could even be construed as vaguely anti-semitic by the oversensitive.

    We need a word like chutzpah without any positive connotation whatsoever; preferably with the strong implication that the appropriate response is torture until death.


    1. When you wrote “Walkeresque” I was so hoping that you were referring to William Walker, now there was a mofo who had some (entirely negative) chutzpah.  The other Walker?  Eh, he’s just a SOB being controlled by a pair of evil brothers and their mindless henchmen and is hopefully about to get his comeuppance (kind of like a mid-level James Bond villain).

  8. “Those who enjoy good government and sausage should never watch either being made make DARN SURE their best interests are being represented at the sausage factory.”

    –Otto von Bismarck, sort of

  9. ‘In this statement, IFPI is using the term “democratic process” in a highly technical, specialized manner….’ = Cory channeling Chomsky. I love it.

  10. As the entertainment industry grew, an unholy alliance developed between Hollywood and Congress. Politicians have become corrupted by contributions from the entertainment industry, and now seem to be falling all over each other in their eagerness to serve their Hollywood directors. The Rights Groups with their political allies are now so powerful they have governments the world over jumping to placate their every whim, negotiating secret treaties just for them, even as they conspire to control our computers and cripple the internet to enhance their profits. 

    Every time a change to copyright law is proposed, it is in response to demands from powerful lobbies. When have you ever seen a grass roots demand for broadened rights, stricter enforcement, or longer copyright duration? Never! Legislation reflects neither the will nor priorities of the majority. People see this happening over and over again, feeling helpless while watching their rights being eroded away. They are not organized, have no lobbyists working for them and no money to buy the politicians with – nor should they need any of that! Their representatives have failed them.

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  11. WE WANT TO SHARE with each other. THAT is the POINT!

    SHARING is exactly what the INTERNET is intended for. otherwise, why bother??

    we’ve been brainwashed into a depraved lifestyle of profligate greed and conspicuous consumption… war is peace, ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery, greed is good, sharing is piracy, corporations are ‘people’??

    well to hell with all that inhumane depravity.

    if the greedy corporate parasites can’t figure out an economic model that SUPPORTS SHARING – instead of criminalizing normal human behavior – then too bad for the parasitic middlemen & degenerate profiteers. good riddance i say!

    as one Digg commenter put it:

    “it sucks being a candlestick maker in a electric light world. UNLESS you can ‘get control of the government’ to pass laws to ‘protect candle sticks’ and attack electric lights. that is what the recording industry is doing; paying congress to protect their candle-making whilst attacking the electric light makers and internet users of the world.”

    SHARING is NOT piracy – it is precisely what we SHOULD BE DOING.

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