Otherwise, why would he have sanctioned the insertion of so many hardcore RIAA employees into the Department of Justice?
But does he dislike open source as well?
“The Administration counts as a user of open source, with some of its Web sites running Drupal,” says Dana Blankenhorn on ZDNet, continuing, “On the other hand the Free Software Foundation finds itself on the opposite side of the bar from the Administration in the case of Sony v. Tenenbaum, a music-sharing case.”
He’s referring to FSF operations manager John Sullivan’s view that the RIAA’s position, “is a direct attack on free software” and that he “aimed a special dollop of bile at Vice President Joe Biden (right), practically calling him the copyright industry’s answer to Dick Cheney.”
When Biden, “recently spoke at a MPAA luncheon,” he, “assured the MPAA that President Obama would find the ‘right’ copyright czar, Blankenhorn notes.
Reporting on the same luncheon, “With commerce secretary Gary Locke promising to do the corporate movie industry’s bidding, US vp Joe Biden, ‘lauded Hollywood at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C assailed movie piracy, and promised film executives that the Obama administration would pick ‘the right person’ as its copyright czar,” we said, quoting CNET News.
Let’s see how that works, we said, going on »»»
… the man who`s theoretically second-in-command of America promising to allocate desperately scarce resources to Hollywood, which is reporting a surplus of $14 billion, when the US is already struggling to find ways to save citizens from destitution caused by the George W. Bush recession?
But it`s not so incongruous when you consider the RIAA already has five of its henchmen deeply embedded in the US Department of Justice.
On the other hand, even with Biden as a devout RIAA worshipper, the Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music extortion unit probably won`t be able to manage install one of its hacks as Obama`s Top Corporate Copyright Cop, whose six-figure (at the very least) salary will be footed by American citizens.
So with RIAA hoods — sorry, executives — out of the running, that leaves MPAA persons.
And who`d be better than Dan `The Joker` Glickman (right) who is, after all, seeking gainful employment?
‘Afraid to distribute disks with Linux’
Back to Obama and open source, “Sullivan’s fight is really with the RIAA and MPAA, which he charges want to change copyright to ‘an ordinary physical property right’ by extending its terms to eternity and making every file transfer subject to payment,” Blankenhorn writes, adding »»»
Sullivan is warning that kids are already becoming afraid to distribute disks with Linux, fearing teachers doing the work of the copyright police.
My own view is more nuanced. I believe Sullivan is deliberately making a slippery slope argument that equates the Administration`s support for copyright law, which open source depends on for its own protection, with opposition to open source.
However, I find myself increasingly at odds with the President on issues like torture, banking, and his latest FCC nomination. The honeymoon is over and it`s time to support the man when he`s right and fight him when he`s wrong.
So I`m willing to be convinced that President Obama hates open source.
Can you convince him? – he wonders.
hardcore RIAA employees – RIAA help at the DoJ, May 2, 2009
ZDNet – Where does Obama stand on open source?, May 14, 2009
direct attack on free software – FSF steps into RIAA vs The People war, May 13, 2009
CNET News – Biden promises `right person` as new U.S. copyright czar, April 21, 2009
surplus of $14 billion – Upsurge in anti-P2P actions under Obama, April 22, 2009
seeking gainful employment – MPAA boss Dan Glickman: on his way out, April 3, 2009
Hollywood Reporter – Glickman relishes new role, July 2, 2004
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