Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC
In the News And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!
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RE: Various comments.
by jaklumen on Sat 13th Mar 2010 11:48 UTC
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@andydread: Yes, I don't doubt that Biden led the way. Both Obama and McCain had VP picks to placate the hawks in their respective parties. Obama's statement does have a distinctly Democrat loyalty to it.

@elsewhere: I am quite familiar with the hybrid nature of Canadian government, borrowing from the UK on one hand, and the US on the other. I am also fully aware that parlimentary systems are set up for power sharing, and I remember an acquaintance who was a gun-toting GOP loyalist say that was totally unacceptable for our nation. Whatever. I think political debate today is far removed from anything scholarly: the participants refuse to argue both sides.

In practice (at least what I've seen from the UK), is that two parties do tend to stay ahead of the others, although, yes, the others do get some say. The downside of this, at least in the UK, is that political parties can be seen as a bit of a joke in some ways as anyone can make a platform-- you can be a member of the "Jedi" party.

Anyways, back on topic, I do think it bitterly amusing that so many comments are devoted to professing political belief and much less on how the patent system in America should be overhauled, or a viable interpretation of copyright that works for everyone. I see too many voices that are arguing human dichotomies. Lots of us vs. them statements.

I could write pages and pages about everything I've read on the subject for about the past 15 years (starting with Napster, anyways), but I think I've just run out my window of opportunity (or attention span) for now. This issue has been kicking around for a good long while now and it's not going anywhere-- might as well hash it out without the political smokescreens, but more on a purely technical level. Not saying politics isn't a part of the equation-- but I don't see anyone displaying poly sci credentials per se. Might as well stick to the native area of expertise, if you catch my meaning.

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