Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Nov 2010 23:31 UTC
In the News Wait, what - let me get this straight. A powerful politician, a politician who managed to bring even the largest companies to their knees, is on the side of reason in the copyright debate? Yes, Neelie Kroes, in her capacity as European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, has openly expressed her support for copyright reform. Her argumentation is incredibly lucid and clear, and pretty much echoes everything I've written about copyright here on OSNews.
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Love all the Obama / Biden talk
by re_re on Wed 10th Nov 2010 23:51 UTC
re_re
Member since:
2005-07-06

It's rather funny how you think Obama sided with the big content providers. In practice this is true, but in reality, somebody threw a bill in front of him and told him what he wanted to hear, and he signed it... Same as G.W., and Clinton before. These guys know nothing of the real issue. You would be shocked how many lawmakers have admitted to signing or not signing bills without even reading them (usually after they leave office).

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Probably the reason Thom 'came down on' Obama is because supposedly Obama was so in tune with this modern digital/internet stuff.

Personally I think the problem with policitics in the US is really simple, you just look at the campaign contributions and you mostly know which bills will get signed.

This means big business pretty much decides what happends in the US.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Probably the reason Thom 'came down on' Obama is because supposedly Obama was so in tune with this modern digital/internet stuff. Personally I think the problem with policitics in the US is really simple, you just look at the campaign contributions and you mostly know which bills will get signed. This means big business pretty much decides what happends in the US.


My thought is that the US is facing a pretty severe financial crisis (yes, a new one, as in a W shape). They are falling behind in terms of national debt and the value of their dollar, and according to some sources there are a number of indicators that don't bode at all well for the US.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/is-america-in-decline-2...

Anyway, I think perhaps that "IP" is one area that American adminstration thinks is a significant net positive for the US economy. After all, Americans are the only people who create anything "intellectual", they invented absolutely evreything, right?

So the concept is, I suppose, that America's economy will be just fine as long as America can force the rest of the world to pay for stuff. Look at ACTA.

It seems to me to be a similar concept to the recent trend by Microsoft of trying to get other parties to pay Microsoft for software that Microsoft did not write.

If it works, it possibly would be a big boon to America's financial situation. Everyone else owes America a living don't they? America does have the biggest stick, don't forget.

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andydread Member since:
2009-02-02

Its true. Obama was saying all the right things about tech in general UNTIL.... He put Joe Biden on his ticket. HUGE mistake. Biden is a RIAA/MPAA shill. He is the senator that introduced a bill to put software on all or computers to make sure that we are not pirates. He is a MAJOR SHILL for the content middlemen. Eerily repeating the talking points of the RIAA/MPAA with precision. Horrible horrible. And several of Biden's lawyer buddies from the RIAA/MPAA have been shuffled into the Justice Department. Biden is the problem. Biden has throttled Obama in that respect. Also the special interests tend to be the ones who advise the politicians. The Bill Gates and the Steve Jobs of the world.

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Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

You say this as a good thing? I don't know about you, but I think that signing bills randomly is worse than siding with Big Content.

Let's all hope nobody throws him the "Kill all humans" bill.

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arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Exactly.

And even if Obama didn't personally study the bill and its effects, one of the people working for him would have studied it thoroughly. Decisions that are made by people that Obama has selected, count as decisions made by him.

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