Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:09 UTC
Legal Despite doing what I think are some great things for the American people, the Obama administration has a dark side. Joe Biden and many others on staff come straight from the RIAA camp, and it shows. Today, the Obama administration disregarded every US law relating to theft and copyright by stating that piracy is "flat, unadulterated theft".
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RE: Comment by TasnuArakun
by WereCatf on Tue 31st Aug 2010 23:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by TasnuArakun"
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Either that or drugs, illegal gambling or child pornography. At the moment it seems popular among politicians in the EU to want to fight child pornography using internet filters or data retention. Of course the pro-copyright lobbyists are aware of this and are trying to take full advantage of it.

The frightening thing about this is that most often than not the politicians have absolutely no idea what they are in fact trying to push through: they don't understand how the filtering system works, they don't understand its limits, and they refuse to listen to criticism. Once the filtering system is in place there is absolutely nothing stopping large corporations from gaming the system to their own ends.

A politician pushing for something he doesn't understand is a lot worse than a politician who doesn't do anything. It's like firing a nuke without knowing the direction it's aimed at.

Edited 2010-08-31 23:17 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by TasnuArakun
by mabhatter on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 03:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by TasnuArakun"
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2005-07-17

Either that or drugs, illegal gambling or child pornography. At the moment it seems popular among politicians in the EU to want to fight child pornography using internet filters or data retention. Of course the pro-copyright lobbyists are aware of this and are trying to take full advantage of it.

The frightening thing about this is that most often than not the politicians have absolutely no idea what they are in fact trying to push through: they don't understand how the filtering system works, they don't understand its limits, and they refuse to listen to criticism. Once the filtering system is in place there is absolutely nothing stopping large corporations from gaming the system to their own ends.

A politician pushing for something he doesn't understand is a lot worse than a politician who doesn't do anything. It's like firing a nuke without knowing the direction it's aimed at.


in this respect, our new boss is same as the old. Most media OWNERS are Republicans so Rep Presidents see Copyright as a business-ownership thing, like giving away other corporate favors. Democrats are on the other side because artists, authors, musicians tend to be focused on people-issues (Democrat) and copyright violations take away their pay.

Both sides like the control copyright offers as well. Republican publishers use their "ownership" to quash or belittle things they don't like. Democrats like the platform for popular people to sway opinion.

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