Friday, June 19, 2009

Obama Protecting Patent, Copyright Thieves

Is this really the "change" you were hoping for, Obamamaniacs? Barack "Spare Change" Obama is perpetuating many of the Bush Administration policies that you - Mister and Mizz Obama Voter - hated so much. For example, this June 17 press release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) (emphasis added): Washington, D.C. - The Obama Administration's decision to support Bush-era concealment policies has forced the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge (PK) to drop their lawsuit about the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). EFF and PK had been seeking important documents about the secret intellectual property enforcement treaty that has broad implications for global privacy and innovation. It should be noted here that EFF is hardly a right-wing group. They are staunch defenders of free speech, especially as pertains to the Internet. They describe themselves as "the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world." Indeed, EFF stands up to everyone from government at all levels (regardless of who is in power) to corporations such as Google. More from that June 17 press release (emphasis added): Federal judges have very little discretion to overrule Executive Branch decisions to classify information on "national security" grounds, and the Obama Administration has recently informed the court that it intends to defend the classification claims originally made by the Bush Administration. Look, sometimes there are legitimate reasons to classify something. Why the Bush Administration protected violators of intellectual property, however, is incomprehensible. Even less comprehensible, however, is why Barack Obama and his henchmen are perpetuating that policy. Change! Hope! Sure, okay. RELATED: EFF Busts Bogus Internet Subdomain Patent ACTA draft leaks: nonprofit P2P faces criminal penalties (ArsTechnica) Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (video; Digital Strip Search (video; TheRealWeeklyNews) Search Google for news about "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" See Comments... Visit Our Online Store Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Hey! ChiNewsBench is on Twitter