Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Aug 2013 14:14 UTC
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Victoria Espinel, who until recently served as the White House's first intellectual property enforcement coordinator, will now head one of the most powerful trade groups in the tech industry. She's been tapped to become the new president and CEO of The Software Alliance (or BSA) starting September 3rd. In her new role, she'll be tasked with pushing the anti-piracy interests of major players like Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Oracle, and Intel. And while the BSA spends a large part of its time lobbying Congress and other governments to push that agenda, Espinel will be barred from engaging in such practices herself - at least initially. According to Politico, an ethics pledge Espinel took to secure her "copyright czar" position under President Obama prevents her from lobbying for at least two years.

No corruption here. Nothing to see. Move along.

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But he promised......
by SeanParsons on Thu 29th Aug 2013 15:52 UTC
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2011-01-11

On January 21, 2009 Obama said:

But the American people deserve more than simply an assurance that those who are coming to Washington will serve their interests. They also deserve to know that there are rules on the books to keep it that way. They deserve a government that is truly of, by, and for the people. As I often said during the campaign, we need to make the White House the people's house. And we need to close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely, and lets them use their time in public service as a way to promote their own interests over the interests of the American people when they leave.

I know.....I'm old enough that I shouldn't be surprised by another broken campaign promise :-(

edited to add italics

Edited 2013-08-29 15:54 UTC

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RE: But he promised......
by WorknMan on Thu 29th Aug 2013 17:11 in reply to "But he promised......"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I know.....I'm old enough that I shouldn't be surprised by another broken campaign promise :-(


Yes, I have my own 'laws of politics', and the last one says:

No matter who is voted into office on any particular election, you're going to see bumper stickers during the next election that inform us that we need to 'take back America', and each candidate who is running will promise 'real change' in Washington. However, if nobody has been able to pull off 'real change' yet to the degree that everyone is satisfied with the results, there is little reason to believe that it will ever happen in our lifetime.

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RE: But he promised......
by No it isnt on Thu 29th Aug 2013 19:59 in reply to "But he promised......"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

When Obama lied, it was business as usual.

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RE: But he promised......
by bassbeast on Thu 29th Aug 2013 20:21 in reply to "But he promised......"
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2007-11-11

Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21 1864 "I see in the near future a crisis approaching; corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

Honest Abe nailed it all those years ago which is why instead of having the sane copyrights the founding fathers intended we have "forever minus a single day" and thanks to the gutting of the DoJ nobody will say boo no matter how blatant the bribes and corruption is. This is why I say until We,The People get a seat at the table ALL COPYRIGHTS should be completely ignored, they are unjust laws and the stealing of the commons by the elite who are locking our history behind a paywall.

If the original copyright terms would have been kept you'd have every movie and song up to the late 70s free to download and enjoy and more importantly you'd have all that material available for mash ups and sampling and chopping up to make new works, it would be just incredible. So until the people get a seat at the table you should treat any and all copyrights older than 27 years as what they are, stolen property.

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