Thursday, January 19, 2012
You've Gotta Have HEARTT
Radio Free Nachlaot says: screw SOPA and PIPA - all we really need is HEARTT - "HELPING ENSURE ARTISTS RIGHTS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY."
Hear all about it on Lorelai's "What's New With Lorelai" Newsy News Show from today ( CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE SHOW). The big news on the Internet is that the U.S. Congress is considering "anti-piracy" legislation (called SOPA for the "Stop Online Piracy Act," and PIPA, unintelligibly named for Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 ) which would in effect put the burden of anti-piracy, royalty regulation and intellectual copyright protection on web site owners instead of where it belongs - which, according to Lorelai, is upon the ISP providers.
At the time Lorelai proposed this idea to NARAS (the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) a.k.a. the "Grammy" people - they thought it was a great idea but also thought that unless the Government pressured ISP providers to do this it wouldn't be done and that "no one wanted to pay more for their internet." She pointed out that no one would have to pay more for their internet - only the ISP providers would have to take a TINY bit LESS profit from each internet user to contribute to the cash pool. Being Capitalists they thought it would amount to "higher taxes," She said "How can charging AT THE MOST .10 more a month (since by my calculations they only needed .01 cents but knowing Capitalism they'd need to charge .10 to be able to reap .01) be considered 'higher taxes'?" and then at that point the conversation turned to which cocktail should be ordered next.
As Lorelai said in her Facebook rant on the subject: Make mine a COSMOPOLITAN please - l'chaim, Neil Portnow, you could have been a contender.
But it's not too late. Strike while the iron is hot - maybe HEARTT was just an idea ahead of its time. It's 2012 people - wake up! Stop SOPA and PIPA - and demand HEARTT!
Today on the Final Vinyl Show - a "Simon Sandwich!" It's Paul Simon's "There Goes Rhymin' Simon," followed by Bonnie Raitt's "Give It Up" and Carly Simon's "No Secrets." (Or does that make it a Raitt sandwich? One