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Republicans briefly discover public interest, quickly abandon it

Posted by Charles II on November 24, 2012

Via Dan Gillmor, The Guardian, staff members of the Republican Study Group discovered that the purpose of copyright law is not the enrichment of copyright owners, but “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts…” as Article I sec. 8 of the Constitution puts it. Sure, if inventors and authors don’t get compensated for their work, they won’t do it. But the motivation for the government to protect their rights is the public interest. New concept!

There’s all kinds of interest points in the brief, such as

* “most legislative discussions on this topic, particularly during the extension of the copyright term, are not premised upon what is in the public good … but rather what the content creators ‘deserve’ or are ‘entitled to’ by virtue of their creation”
* “there are numerous examples of copyright being used … to stifle oversight and hide incriminating information.”
*”Because there is minimal or nearly non-existent punishment for bogus copyright claims today, false takedown requests are common and have a chilling effect upon legitimate speech”
* “Current copyright law does not merely distort some markets – rather it destroys entire markets.”

Needless to say, once these staffers’ bosses discovered that they had used the idea of the public interest in a Republican document, the document was quickly disappeared and the staffers shot and then sent to Siberia.

Posted in abuse of power, copyright, Republicans | 3 Comments »

Calling All Bloggers

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 7, 2009

Or anyone looking for public-domain photos:

There are two new Flickr photostreams put out by the Federal government. So far they good pretty good:

Viscount Burnham (LOC)

The L of C one should be especially useful.

Posted in blogs and blogging, copyright, Good Things, government | 2 Comments »

Good News (and Maybe Not So Good) for Internet Users

Posted by MEC on November 17, 2008

When I saw this CNET article about the people selected for President-Elect Obama’s FCC review team, I immediately did a Google search to find out whether they’d taken positions on Net Neutrality.

The team’s two leaders, Professor Susan Crawford of the University of Michigan Law School and former FCC staffer Kevin Werbach, are long-time Net Neutrality advocates.

Professor Crawford believes Internet access is a utility, “like water, electricity, sewage systems”. I foresee some policy changes, and some unhappy telecom executives when those policies give universal, affordable access priority over corporate profits.

Now for the “maybe not so good”. The Wired article that gave me the good news for Net Neutrality listed members of other tech-related review teams. The review team for Justice and Civil Rights includes Tom Perelli, a partner in the D.C. office of the Jenner & Block law firm. Jenner & Block are the Recording Industry Association of America’s lawyers. That would be the RIAA that has had such a repressive effect on copyright legislation, protecting the profits of big corporations at the expense of consumers and artists. The Obama Administration needs to include defenders of fair usage and the free flow of ideas, not just allies of the corporations on this issue.

Posted in copyright, net neutrality, Obama Administration | 1 Comment »

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