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[News] New Zealand Fights the MAFIAA; MAFIAA is Laying Off People

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TelstraClear snubs internet law agreement

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| Last month protests from bloggers and internet activists led Prime Minister 
| John Key to delay new controversial new copyright rules till March 27 so that 
| telcos and copyright owner groups could work out a code of practice.  
| But yesterday TelstraClear - New Zealand's third biggest telco behind Telecom 
| and Vodafone - said it was not prepared to take part in the code and bolster 
| a poorly drafted law that was bad for its customers.  


MPAA Matches RIAA In Massive Layoffs

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| I missed this one when it initially happened, but it looks like the MPAA is 
| following in the footsteps of the RIAA -- who recently laid off a bunch of 
| folks. Apparently the MPAA quickly followed suit and drastically scaled back 
| after the studios cut the MPAA's funding by about 15 to 20%.    


Wait for the Munchkins to defend the MAFIAA.


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."


Why Obama Should Change US Trade Policy On Intellectual Property

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| That's why it's good to see Ed Black, president and CEO of the Computer &
| Communications Industry Association, writing up an opinion piece for the San
| Jose Mercury News explaining to President-elect Obama why US trade policy
| concerning IP needs to change. First, he worries about the widespread reports
| that Obama has chosen Xavier Becerra to be the new US Trade Representative.
| In the past, the US Trade Rep has basically acted as a representative of
| Hollywood at times, and Becerra may be no different... as he's literally the
| Congressional rep for California's 31st district... which (you guessed it)
| covers Hollywood. Uh oh. That would be like making a Congressional rep from
| Detroit in charge of automotive policy in the US. They're less likely to have
| the nation's overall best interests in mind.

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