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[News] US Government's Policy on the Open Web Raises Questions

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USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind people's access
to written material

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| Right now, in Geneva, at the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization, 
| history is being made. For the first time in WIPO history, the body that 
| creates the world's copyright treaties is attempting to write a copyright 
| treaty dedicated to protecting the interests of copyright users, not just 
| copyright owners.     


Obama: Firmly Committed to Net Neutrality

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| Obama’s pick to head the FCC, Julius Genachowski, was one of the principal 
| architects of the president’s pro-Net Neutrality platform. Expect 
| Genachowski’s nomination to go before the Senate in the coming weeks.  


What the government doesn’t understand about the Internet, and what to do about

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| Current government policy in relation to the Internet can broadly be 
| summarised as occupying three areas: 
| 1. Getting people online (broadband access, and lessons for people who don’t 
| have the skills or interest) 
| 2. Protecting people from bad things done using the Internet (terrorism, 
| child abuse, fraud, hacking, intellectual property infringement) 
| 3. Building websites for departments and agencies.



U.S. Targets Canada Over Copyright in Special 301 Report

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| The move is not unexpected, given recent comments from Vice President Joe
| Biden and U.S. Congressional panels as well as the demands from U.S. lobby
| groups.


Former RIAA Lawyer At DOJ Will Only Avoid RIAA Issues For A Year

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| Plenty of folks have noted that the Justice Department has been the landing
| place for a number of RIAA lawyers. Some have suggested not to get too worked
| up about this, given that the Obama administration's ethics rules supposedly
| forbade those lawyers from being involved in issues related to their former
| work.


Who Knew Discussing A Long Repealed Copyright Law Could Be So Interesting...

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| This goes all the way back throughout history. One speaker pointed out that
| the big innovation of the 1909 copyright was compulsory licensing on
| mechanical rights. This was put into place for one reason: fear about player
| pianos and how they would dominate the market and destroy the need for
| musicians. Within a matter of decades, the player piano market was
| effectively gone... and yet, these massive changes designed solely to deal
| with the player piano have stuck around ever since. Now apply that same story
| to basically every other technological innovation, and that gets you
| copyright law.


Obama Names Craig Mundie to Sci-Tech Advisory Council


Joe Biden promises a blank check to the entertainment cartel

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| VP Joe Biden stood up in front of a bunch of Hollywood execs and promised to
| appoint a copyright czar, and furthermore, that this would be the "right"
| person to protect their interests. I would have voted Dem in the last
| election, if I got a vote, but make no mistakes: the Dems are the party of
| stupid copyright laws.


Administration Lobbyist Ban Not Doing What It's Supposed To Do

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| We've already seen how the Justice Department is, for example, being filled
| with lawyers who regularly worked with the RIAA, MPAA and BSA -- three of the
| biggest copyright lobbying organizations, and those individuals have wasted
| no time in expressing their desire to continue pushing those industry's
| viewpoints in their new positions.


Copyright debate heats up over Obama appointments

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| The president has, in fact, filled out some high-level Justice Department
| positions with lawyers favored by the copyright industry, including attorneys
| who have represented the Recording Industry Association of America and the
| Business Software Alliance. The signatories of the April 2 letter said the
| Justice Department's intervention last month in favor of a record label in a
| file-sharing case heightens their concern.


Biden promises 'right person' as new U.S. copyright czar

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| "It's pure theft, stolen from the artists and quite frankly from the American
| people as consequence of loss of jobs and as a consequence of loss of
| income," Biden said, according to a White House pool report.


MPAA reaches out to lawmakers

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| The occasion: the second biennial summit sponsored by the industry's chief
| lobbying arm, the Motion Picture Assn. of America.


I got you, babe

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| Obama is whistling the music industry's tune


Obama Taps 5th RIAA Lawyer to Justice Dept.

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| President Barack Obama is tapping another RIAA attorney into the Justice
| Department.
| Monday's naming of Ian Gershengorn, to become the department's deputy
| assistant attorney of the Civil Division, comes more than a week after nearly
| two-dozen public interest groups, trade pacts and library coalitions urged
| the new president to quit filling his administration with lawyers plucked
| from the Recording Industry Association of America.
| The move makes it five RIAA lawyers Obama has appointed to the Justice
| Department.


Obama administration sides with RIAA in P2P suit

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| The Obama administration has sided with the recording industry in a copyright
| lawsuit against an alleged peer-to-peer pirate, a move that echoes arguments
| previously made by the Bush administration.


Obama Sides With RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Music Track


U.S. Sides with RIAA in Filesharing Case


Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets?!?

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| When the Obama administration took over, there was a public stance that this
| administration was going to be more transparent -- especially with regards to
| things like Freedom of Information Act requests. The nonprofit group
| Knowledge Ecology International took that to heart and filed an FOIA request
| to get more info on ACTA. The US Trade Representative's Office responded
| denying the request, saying that the information was "classified in the
| interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." This is a
| treaty about changing copyright law, not sending missiles somewhere. To claim
| that it's a national security matter is just downright scary. As KEI points
| out, the text of the documents requested have been available to tons of
| people, including more than 30 governments around the world and lobbyists
| from the entertainment industry, pharma industry and publishing industry.


Obama names Doerr, Phillips to economic board

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| Two Silicon Valley leaders have been appointed by President Obama to a
| 16-person committee that's charged with offering economic advice during what
| has become an unusually sharp and deep recession.
| John Doerr, the billionaire venture capitalist at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield
| & Byers, is one. Doerr was involved in funding companies including Google,
| Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems, and Cypress Semiconductor; he currently serves
| on the board of companies including Amazon and Google and has recently turned
| his attention to green tech.
| Charles Phillips, the president of Oracle, is another. Phillips became
| president in May 2003 and previously was with Morgan Stanley's Institutional
| Securities Division. He's a Linux aficionado and said in 2005: "On demand is
| the future of software for many years to come and we are building it on
| Linux."

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