Dems to the Net: Go to hell

"Radical" changes in Washington always have this Charlie Brown/Lucy-like character (remember Lucy holding the football?): it doesn't take long before you realize how little really ever changes in DC. The latest example is the Dems and IP issues as they affect the Net. Message to the Net from the newly Democratic House? Go to hell.

As everyone knows, one issue critical to those who are making the Net interesting (for politics at least) is IP ... Full Story »

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Fabrice Florin
3.7
by Fabrice Florin - Oct. 1, 2008

Thoughtful post about the Democratic Party's apparent lack of interest in reforming our obsolete intellectual property laws (IP). The author may be right in his speculation that Democrats may be afraid to take on Hollywood, where many of their backers work. However, he does not provide clear evidence to back his point, other than the fact that Howard Berman will chair the House IP subcommittee. Let's give the man the benefit of the doubt before we accuse him of serving only special interests. Still, this is an important topic, and we're grateful to Larry Lessig for bringing it up to our attention.

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David Patterson
3.8
by David Patterson - Oct. 1, 2008

Hard to read for me and other people not rather informed about this issue(all those acronyms). Too bad because it seems important somehow. I may be off base, but it sounds like a corporate grab for control over content on the web ultimately. You know like they control what gets seen, heard and read in the MSM.

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Kaizar Campwala
3.0
by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 1, 2008
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andrew weede
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by andrew weede - Oct. 1, 2008

This is an issue that unites both conservatives and liberals from Red State to MyDD. Whether the political parties are worried about Hollywood or AT&T, they will be more worried about ordinary voters organizing to keep the Internet open for the sake of democracy. Blogs are more than just fund-raisers, as Rubber-Stamp Republicans have already found out.

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