Monday, January 26, 2009

Here is the White House contact form

Here is a link to the White House's contact form.

Please urge President Obama not to appoint a representative of the content cartel as "copyright czar". To do so would be a continuation of putting the 'foxes in charge of the henhouse'.

Please also make sure the White House is aware of Judge Davis's remarks in Capitol v. Thomas, calling for congressional reform to protect against outlandish verdicts against noncommercial users.

Please pass this along.

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5 comments:

Kurt said...

The blog Exclusive Rights makes a good point about this. One of Obama's first executive orders appears to preclude any RIAA/big content person from holding the IP Czar position for at least two years. Here's the relevant provision:

"All [a]ppointees [e]ntering Government . . . will not for a period of 2 years from the date of [their] appointment participate in any particular matter involving specific parties that is directly and substantially related to [their] former employer or former clients, including regulations and contracts."

Given that the IP Czar (if appointed) would necessarily be working on matters "directly and substantially related" to the RIAA, an appointment of a big content person to that post would arguably render them unable to perform their job for the first two years of their appointment.

Ray Beckerman said...

Let us pray that he adheres to that principle.

Ray Beckerman said...

Great article, thanks for pointing it out, Kurt.

Anonymous #5 said...

He has already appointed one person from BSA (Neil McBride) and one from the RIAA (Tom Perrelli) to the Department of Justice.

Ray Beckerman said...

Dear Anonymous #5

We are well aware of that, but those aren't copyright positions.

I don't want to get into a debate. This was a call to action.