Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Obama administration contradicts itself in "old model" v "new model" Internet policies


Richard Esguerra has a disturbing article in Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Deeplinks”, link here, “Federal Intellectual Property Enforcement Gears Up”, March 5, 2010

He gives a nod to the Lessig treatise discussed yesterday, but the general point seems to be that the Obama administration is playing one side off against the other for spoils in the whole question of “old business models” vs. newbies.

The administration says it will bend over backwards to get broadband to all small businesses (including publishers). But on copyright law it seems to be swayed by the big guilds (especially in music and Hollywood) that seems to fear that the old established ways of making a living will collapse when exposed to no-capital-required competition.

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