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Who Will Obama Choose As Copyright Czar?

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the lessig-has-my-bet dept.

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seanpark writes "Who will President Elect Obama select for the recently established post of Copyright Czar? Biden has a longstanding relationship with Big Content, and he was partly responsible for the PRO-IP Act that created the position. The short list according to the article includes a few lobbyists (who would likely be disqualified by stringent ethical guidelines) and Lawrence Lessig, who was a technology adviser to the Obama Campaign."

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Not the good professor (5, Interesting)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910533)

He's a wise choice, a rational voice is a sea of stupidity. Picking him would represent a striking change, a sudden outbreak of common sense.

Therefore it ain't gonna happen.

Re:Not the good professor (3, Funny)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910555)

erg... "in a sea". Catlike typing detected.

MOTD: I am looking for a honest man. -- Diogenes the Cynic

Wrong phasing (1)

2.7182 (819680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910711)

It should be "Who will Obama tap..."

Re:Wrong phasing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911279)

I'd tap that ass... [xkcd.com]

to be my new copyright czar.

Re:Not the good professor (5, Insightful)

yetijoe (1411395) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910845)

I feel you have a point. But I feel the first question we need to ask is will this position have any real power. Because if there is no real power then who care who is picked.

I see it going down one of two ways. 1. Obama is able to use the capital that he has gained an push this through rather quickly and having congress act as a rubber stamp.

2. There are bigger priorities than this in the Obama administration (economy, war). As a result this is placed on the back burner. Corporate interests therefore have more time to react and press members of congress to vote against making a copyright czar have any real power. As a result this initiative dies or must be used as a bargaining chip once things get harder to push through congress.

I think we should not be asking who he will chose yet, but rather how large of a priority is he going to make this.

Re:Not the good professor (2, Interesting)

Darundal (891860) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911383)

IIRC, you have it in reverse: the entertainment industry wants a strong copyright czar.

Re:Not the good professor (4, Insightful)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911503)

IIRC, you have it in reverse: the entertainment industry wants a strong copyright czar.

Strong when in their interests, not against them.

"You should never hand someone a gun unless you're sure where they'll point it. Your mistake." -- Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair; Babylon 5: "By Any Means Necessary"

Re:Not the good professor (2, Interesting)

aichpvee (631243) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911695)

That really depends upon your definition of strong. If strong means strong arm thug for the copyright industries, then Lessig probably isn't the right kind of strong. If strong means possibly having a reasonable, pragmatic approach and not caving to pressure from said industries, Lessig might not do so badly.

Re:Not the good professor (1)

Dan541 (1032000) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912017)

I think we should not be asking who he will chose yet, but rather how large of a priority is he going to make this.

Shouldn't the interests of Hollywood be #1?

Or does Obama actually support change?

Re:Not the good professor (1, Interesting)

Marillion (33728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911111)

I think a real outbreak of common sense would be to give the department a budget of $1 (or less) and fill the position once peace breaks out over the planet.

Re:Not the good professor (4, Funny)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911231)

Come on, be reasonable: Budget of $30, curfew of 10pm.

Re:Not the good professor (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911143)

Jack Thompson's unemployed. Why not choose him?

Re:Not the good professor (3, Funny)

spazdor (902907) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911287)

Zombie Jack Valenti is only mildly decomposed by now. I say we use him.

Re:Not the good professor (5, Funny)

spazdor (902907) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912031)

"Mr. Valenti, what would you say is the most valuable class of intellectual property under your purview?"
"BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAINS"

Re:Not the good professor (4, Insightful)

Malekin (1079147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911873)

He's a wise choice, a rational voice is a sea of stupidity.

Lessig is a very moderate voice. While he generally opposes copyright term extension, he supports DRM. He feels that people who say copyright law is utterly broken are extremist. He seems to think that the current scope of fair use provisions is adequate and just needs to be better respected. He feels that "something like the DMCA that protects adequate space for fair use and doesn't attempt to regulate technology directly is needed." (http://lwn.net/2001/features/LawrenceLessig.php3)

I have a lot of respect for the man but you can't meet the extremism of Big Media with moderates willing to compromise. The DMCA should be dumped and language written into the law the specifically protects reverse engineering. Fair use provisions should be expanded to reflect that way we use media in our lives and to provide better protection for educational use.

We don't need a moderate - we need somebody who will make dramatic changes to re-align the law with common sense.

Re:Not the good professor (4, Insightful)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912045)

How is appointing a lunatic with an opposite bent to Hollywood's going to result in the law being re-aligned with common sense?

What you're proposing will result in no reform whatsoever. It'll result in gridlock, with the current law, warts and all, continuing to rule the land unchanged and unchangeable.

What's needed is a moderate voice. Just because Lessig isn't a lunatic doesn't mean he's going to somehow compromise with lunatics on the other side. It means he'll be a respected voice that can shout down the extremists on the Hollywood end and propose reforms that will be taken seriously.

Re:Not the good professor (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912981)

I think what Malekin is saying is, things have leaned so far in one side's favor that we need somebody to lean things heavily in the other side's favor in order to get back in the middle again.

He had the good sense... (5, Insightful)

alexborges (313924) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910559)

Of having lessig on his team. Lets hope he still has that now that he is heading to The House.

Re:He had the good sense... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910639)

...now that he is heading to The House.

...of Representatives?

(This may come as a shock to you, but most people, when referring to The White House, call it "The White House".)

Re:He had the good sense... (-1, Troll)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910659)

Possibly now The Black House, however.

Haw Haw.

Re:He had the good sense... (0, Troll)

alexborges (313924) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910773)

I was going to say Tha House, but you got it right on.

Re:He had the good sense... (-1, Troll)

alexborges (313924) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910777)

How does "Tha House" work for ya?

Re:He had the good sense... (-1, Offtopic)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910831)

Perhaps Da Hizzouse?

Re:He had the good sense... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910937)

Man... i remember when slashdot was moderated by its users instead of some sort of politically corrective nutty nun-fucked assholes.

What the fuck is wrong with you people? Yes, you, the idiot paid for by slashdot to moderate inflamatory comments.

yes, its inflamatory to speak about the new color of the "white" house, but if you had two fingers in your forhead youd realize that its a pun on white america's discrimination, and not a racist ploy against the new prez.

But hey, thats where YOUR FUCKING RACISM shines through.

Re:He had the good sense... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911259)

Slashdot is a collection of mostly faggots now.

Re:He had the good sense... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25912049)

Where's the +1 insightful?

Re:He had the good sense... (1)

Dan541 (1032000) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912077)

Sorry I'm out of mod points.

Re:He had the good sense... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911485)

Most people don't know that the House of Representatives exists. You hear them say, "The Congress and the Senate . . . . ", when what they mean is "the House and the Senate". The White House is always called the White House. Well, maybe now it's called the "Crib".

Lessig Too Sane a Choice (2, Funny)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910941)

Lessig becomes copyright Czsar.

The 'industry' (parasitic, development-repelling middle-men) howl and tear at their hair and eyes. They take to the streets, shirtless, throwing themselves to the tarmac, flailing themselves with mic stands. With raised arms and tear soaked faces they cry for Moolah's mercy.

Obama is taken in by their deceit, takes pity on them, shelves Lessig and appoints their preferred Cszar; the zombie Jack Valenti.

Re:Lessig Too Sane a Choice (1)

spazdor (902907) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911323)

Weird. I just made a Zombie Valenti joke a sec ago, and then scrolled down half a page and found the exact same idea, timestamped far in advance of my slow-ass idea. Dammit.

Re:He had the good sense... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25912161)

That was for the campaign, because the campaign was about "Change". The presidency won't.

TFA doesn't say Lessig is shortlisted. It only quotes some exec mentioning "some concern in the copyright community [...] It's probably an overblown concern. We think [Obama] will be balanced." I wouldn't employ the word "balanced" for Obama's stance, but I think he's right.

Re:He had the good sense... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25912953)

Why do you HOPE so? Contrary to his campaign stating that it was never about him, but the American people, he already CHANGEd that by saying that

"Understand where the vision for change comes from, first and foremost," Obama said. "It comes from me. That's my job, is to provide a vision in terms of where we are going, and to make sure, then, that my team is implementing." Yahoo! News [yahoo.com]

That's why including so many Clintonistas counts as a CHANGE because it comes from The One. Understand?

Lessig would be fine (4, Interesting)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910571)

We need a countervailing force against the minions of IP evil like the MAFIAA and the rest of them.

However, I don't know where he would actually do more good - inside the administration which is already compromised with appointments like Rahm Emanuel - or outside fighting the good fight. As a consequence, I'm not certain he would take such a position if asked.

It's quite possible, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

RS

Re:Lessig would be fine (4, Interesting)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911033)

Parent is not a troll. I don't agree that the administration is "compromised" by any of the appointments so far, but it's clear there are things you can do inside and things you can do outside, and there's no guarantee LL's skillset will work on the former.

On the other hand, there's all kinds of jobs the preznit can ask you to do, some policy-administrative-do stuff, like Secretary of Commerce, and some strictly advisory, like the the job Paul Volker got yesterday. In theory, you put "safe" people no one can complain about in the "do stuff" jobs, but you put the hair-burning crazies on the advisory boards to give you perspective. Lessig would be able contribute greatly leading an outside policy board.

Re:Lessig would be fine (2, Funny)

Triv (181010) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912311)

True, working inside an organizational system is different than working outside of one, and like you I don't know if Lessig is an inside player.

But let's be realistic, here - all I want, all I think anybody really wants, is a copyright adviser who actually understands the different facets of copyright and hasn't spent the last decade or more working for Sony/BMG, Disney, or some other obvious media conglomerate.

If this were still the Bush administration we were talking about here, I know the choice would be somebody with big business connections and an agenda; I have more faith in Obama to choose somebody with university connections a fucking brain.

Re:Lessig would be fine (1)

Triv (181010) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912415)

...which is not to say I AGREE with any of that, just that that's the logic. I think.

Hey Barack! (2, Interesting)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910591)

I recommend Shawn Fanning.

Re:Hey Barack! (3, Interesting)

moranar (632206) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910869)

Nah. Jon Lech Johansen.

Re:Hey Barack! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910949)

Nah, Scarlett Johansson.

It does not matter to me (4, Interesting)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910597)

Well, I do not care who he chooses as long as the chosen fella does not propagate policies that get in my way. I frequently download all kinds of stuff in all categories. Emule and Bittorent are my friends.

I just wish I could be a "steam roller" like that [infamous] former New York state top official, even if it can be for a while.

Comment (-1, Offtopic)

multisync (218450) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910611)

Posting a comment to see if this gets rid of the changes posting to idle made to my user page

$10 Says Obama Picks a Fucking Jew (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910655)

Fucking Jews always trying to take our money.

It makes me sick.

I hate Jews and you should too.

With Jews you lose.

Re:$10 Says Obama Picks a Fucking Jew (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910763)

Obama gets elected and stuffs his staff to the rafters with Zionists. The public show is over, it's time for David Axelrod and Rahm Emmanuel to take over the reins of ZOG. You think there's gonna be "change" in the Middle East now? Hey Americans, go dick around with your iPhone and jerk off over the new Star Trek movie while your country gets sold out to Almighty Judah.

Re:$10 Says Obama Picks a Fucking Jew (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910915)

As an Atheist, I'd much rather be a slave to Judah than a slave to Allah the filthy sandnigger moon-god.

Besides, if Jews took over the USA then we'd be circumsized and filthy rich. If we were Islamic savages then we'd be marrying 12 year old girls and fucking goats and llamas while the females would be disfigured in "honor violence" or stoned to death for reporting their gang-rape. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be teaching our children how to duct-tape ball bearings and dynamite all over themselves. Green, the color of money, sickness, and envy is the Islamic savages' color. I much prefer blue, the color of Israel, the color of serenity, the color of just trying to live civilized life without some dirty jihadi bombing your bus on the way home from work.

So yes, bring on the Jew-nation. Better a big-nosed kike than a stinking, filthy oil-ape.

Re:$10 Says Obama Picks a Fucking Jew (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911007)

Besides, if Jews took over the USA then we'd be circumsized and filthy rich. If we were Islamic savages then we'd be marrying 12 year old girls

Yeah, you have to wait till they're 13 in New Hampshire!

and fucking goats and llamas [snip]

Though you'd still be circumcised! :)

Allah is a crypto-Jew. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911131)

The earliest jews were mixed-race and distinctly different than the Hebrews that composed the tribes of Israel. Back in the united States 1860's, Abraham Lincoln incorporated District of Columbia into a federal corporation called "United States" as in Title 28 section 3002 15(b). If you look into the class of people that were slaves transfered to ownership by that United States, they were all negro; even the whites were considered negro. It's the same with jews. read my post that was made after yours. I found that the Jews were a mixed pedigree that came out of Babylon and had abso-fucking-lutely nothing to do with any of the tribes of Israel. Jews are not Judah. Jews are not Judaic. Jews are from the Synagogue of Shatan, are a mixed race resembling negro, and have nothing to do with the Hebrews. Remember that the Bible describes the Hebrew David as a "ruddy" man.

All the fuckers calling themselves "jews" are those Khazarian archtype, the slavs most of them, in-breeds. In the Bible, Yeshua taught to circumcise your heart; the flesh profitteth nothing: Moses lived among Jews, his ancestry was not of the mixed-race that Jews inbred towards, he was flawed to adopt certain Jew-like traditions like disfiguring one's penis calling it circumcission to declare all sired children implicitly and unsoundly to the Lord. Jesus the descendant and heir to the throne of David taught of sound mind in circumcission and not the tattoo-like conscript that Jews impressed upon the Hebrew man known as Moses.

It took me a lot of reading and then I foun about 1 hour of video that summed-up about 1,000 hours of research; look up "Ted Pike" over on JouTube, his documentary miscalled "the other Israel."

Re:$10 Says Obama Picks a Fucking Jew (-1, Flamebait)

LS (57954) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911159)

Hmmm you and the grandparent are both HUGE assholes.

Islam is civilized. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911243)

You being Atheist warrants more study, not sarcasm with little knowledge. Alexander the Great hired millions of muslims to fight wars on his behalf. He admired them for their principles being similar to the Romans the the Church of Rome's pontifficate.

The concept of a central bank over branches/member banks to support a common denomination chequing account all began and was inspired from Islamic societies and institutions. The use of bearer currencies in metal vallue were from the pre-Israel countries like Caanan, Moab, etc. Jews mostly convert bearer currencies to accounts fractionalised by drawing rights to use that product or thing dispensed from a bank. Such is favorable because records are destroyed, and the bearer discloses the accout as the stocholders i the bank become the new bearers of that property.

If a muslim calls you a bastard, tell him thanks; a jew is forever disgraced to be muslim, while a bastard is worthy to see God to be healed. Give that Islamic fuck his 72 sour grapes and hang him over the pit of Hell with a pig's or dog's umbilical cord.

Re:Islam is civilized. (3, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911713)

Alexander the Great hired millions of muslims to fight wars on his behalf.

I'd heard he had some interesting theories on topology [wikipedia.org] , but I never knew he [wikipedia.org] was capable of time travel.

But why did he stop in the dark ages? [wikipedia.org] Why not go further forward and get longbowmen, muskets or even tanks?

Re:$10 Says Obama Picks a Fucking Jew (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911541)

You do realize, if you ever visit a country under Islamic rule, you'll be beheaded? Who'll chip in with me to buy this AC a one-way ticket to Saudi Arabia?

Judah is not Jewish, you San Fraciscan tard. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910933)

Jews came out of Babylon, the southen citadel in Caanan, not to be confused with that one tribe of the twelve Israels. Look up Ted Pike on JouTube and you'll know the diffence of the yews and their Talmud from their Synagogue of Shatan as compared to the hebrews and their Torah from the tribes of Israel.

When Moses was upon Mount Sainai to received the secondary 10 commandments as testament to unrepentant sinners from the law of love in God Almighty, there was 72 Jews organized as San Hedrin at the base of the mountain smelting idols to be their God. What I find to be funny about jews is san hedrin means "70", but they called their San Hedrin as 72. They're about as mathematicaly inadequate as the IRS in computing Income versus actual value that may Go-out and Come-In. In the Talmud, a jew is allowed to steal from as many Christians and gentiles as possible, have sex with 2-year old children (because the hymen repairs itself to virginity therefore is not proceation), kill gentiles and Christians expressly as "animals" to filth, and all kinds of other licenture granted by their 72 self-titled "San Hedrin." It's like they and the Catholics are no different. The law is love; so they just declare everyone as animals, because animals don't own property and are modernized as a food and labor source. Whatever happened to the first couple chapters in Genesis that God says the plants are the "meat" and the domain of herb is for man in that regard?

VATACINASSASSINS.ORG [vaticanassassins.org] has such a great book on this, but I can't afford it yet. Any bittorrent links for me? Secret Society of Jesuits for Jesus are not good; they use that "for Jesus" crap as an insult tha all their ill works are destined to mock and destroy Jesus. A name today tends to be used the opposite of its meaning. Trademark and copywrite your name and names used in commerce, because the adversary makes money of your name for their account: the world beyond your realm is a marketplace that has no end to what sin and pleasure could ever be bought or sold.

Re:$10 Says Obama Picks a Fucking Jew (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910783)

Only $10? You cheap bastard.

Re:$10 Says Obama Picks a Fucking Jew (2, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911727)

Oy vey, times are hard already!

Our new Copyright Czar (5, Funny)

Archiviste (323238) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910725)

... I heard that Darl McBride is looking for a new job...

Obama will most-likely be assassinated. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25910727)

Biden will be brought into power. Obama is just inadequate, and having 2-years experience in U.S Congress does not compare to the mass of education and experience that put these united States of America into the admiralty mess of that title 28 3002 15(b) federal corporation in D.C called "United States." Considering that Copywright law exists ancillary under common-law trademark by post in exchequer via the mails and officiated to protection under U.S.P.T.O., this is important to secure all those mortgages and loans that were created on no more vestment of property than one's own legal name as $igned; to make money out of one's own name is a vast exercise of product that warrants the greatest protections that it's hot-air branding necessitates for protection and benefit.

If Bernanke's order from The Denver Mint [slashdot.org] to exchange China Bank of Reconstruction's 2.5 trillion USD trade for 800 billion Amero wasn't notice-enough to prove that strengthening foreigners' claim on the Unites States is better than fortifying Americans' claim to this continent, then it should be noted that the Whitehouse is the least corrupt building in all of the Americas combined; principals abandoned, Dept of the Interior and B. of Land Mgmnt depriving the people of allodium, original Coastguard derainged from standing in district Courts of the United States to preside over seizures on land and wage garnishments illegally contracted with foreign states, and Dept. of Homeland Security creating it's own Coastguard for smuggling entrapment-drugmoney for CIA and FBI (not to mention everlay and confuse the people from their state coastal Guards):

I MUST agree with the 9/11 Truthers on this one: LEGALIZE THE CONSTITUTION. Obame, the least corrupt, is still corrupt, and indifferent but to help cause a scene of over-expression in rioting greater than Mart Luther King would have caused (though Obama's pedigree is 40% white, 40% Kenyan arab, and 10% to 11% over-the-top black); I believe it's the staged and exaggerated rioting influenced by psy-ops controlling the news corporations is what will lead the penstrokes of the Biden experience to further exaggerate ther tunnelvision of terrorist-inspire legislation to weaken Americans.

I checked GOLDISMONEY.INFO in their firearms section only to find that 2-years ago an AK-47 WAS U$350 and is now priced 2008 at U$510. To arms and my firebrand I go.

RESET SLASHDOT (-1, Offtopic)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910739)

Can we please reset Slashdot back to what it was a week or so ago. The IDLE theme seems to have infected the whole site.

Lessig would be a good choice (3, Interesting)

mysidia (191772) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910789)

As copyright czar he may be in a position to push for certain changes to rules to introduce some sanity. And give the consumer some protections as well as big recording industry players' freedoms.

The president and his staff may be more likely to listen to the ideas of a copyright czar than to some Stanford professor.

Hollywood Obama supporters (2, Informative)

Comboman (895500) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911063)

Considering all the actors, musicians, etc. that supported Obama (and contributed to his fund raising efforts), don't expect any positive changes to copyright law under his administration. If anything, Democrats are even more protective of Big Content than the Repulicans (remember; the Copyright Term Extension act and the DCMA came during the Clinton administration).

Re:Hollywood Obama supporters (1, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912309)

If anything, Democrats are even more protective of Big Content than the Repulicans (remember; the Copyright Term Extension act and the DCMA came during the Clinton administration).

Bob Dole couldn't have stopped them from becoming law, if that's what you're trying to suggest. Both bills passed both houses through voice vote, which indicates over 80 percent assent. You only need 67 percent to override a veto.

Here's an idea: NO ONE (4, Interesting)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910801)

Seriously, the LAST thing needed is another "somethingorother czar" to supposedly solve problems. What powers will this czar have, other than being the President's lobbyist to Congress to push their own agenda?

Re:Here's an idea: NO ONE (1)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910955)

Exactly! But again, that smacks of logic and common sense. Don't expect much of either during this administration.

Did you see any big improvements since the "drug czar" was appointed? (I'd say none, unless you're referring to the increased levels of THC found in most marijuana over the last couple decades.)

Re:Here's an idea: NO ONE (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911141)

Common sense?

I run away from people that claim such a thing exists.

Re:Here's an idea: NO ONE (4, Insightful)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911089)

What powers will this czar have, other than being the President's lobbyist to Congress to push their own agenda?

Isn't that enough? On the other hand, czars are important for bureaucratic rationalization: drug policy requires a lot of cooperation between federal law enforcement, state/local law enforcement, the medical system, foreign interdiction efforts etc. (assuming you accept drug control policy is rational, which it isn't. I think the idea of the drug tsar gives tsars a bad name. Aside from the original tsars, that is.)

The main problem with interdepartmental plenipotentiaries, or "Tsars" if you will, is they don't really have any authority: they're supposed to be the expert in the field and know more about how to do the job than anyone, but they're beholden to the existing baize cloth routine and can't make people do anything without the president's personal intervention. Even if Larry Lessig was a "Copyright Tsar," all he could do is talk shop with Obama about what should happen and then testify to congress a lot. He might have a voice in the appointment of FCC commissioners, and in copyright office policies, but he can always be overruled by a law.

Re:Here's an idea: NO ONE (1)

spazdor (902907) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911361)

You had me at "interdepartmental plenipotentiaries."

Re:Here's an idea: NO ONE (1)

Anpheus (908711) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911519)

When I read the objective C in your signature, I realized why you decided to use such self-aggrandizing language. Not that what you said was wrong, but, eh, tone it down a bit?

I leave the explanation as an exercise to the reader.

Re:Here's an idea: NO ONE (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911701)

Elaborate "self-aggrandizing language"

Re:Here's an idea: NO ONE (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911709)

Oh, I get it. But honestly I can't think of a shorter way of expressing the concept of a "baize cloth routine."

Re:Here's an idea: NO ONE (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911135)

Seriously, the LAST thing needed is another "somethingorother czar" to supposedly solve problems. What powers will this czar have, other than being the President's lobbyist to Congress to push their own agenda?

The position was created by congress in an attempt to institutionalize the MAFIAA's lobbying to the DoJ, congress and the president. Placing Lessig in the post would be about as much of a reversal of the intended purpose of the position as would be possible it would Lessig as Copyright Czar would be like the GPL is to copyright law - an almost perfect hack to use its own strengths against it.

Jack Thompson is looking for a job isn't he? (1)

MisterSchmoo (1262374) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910815)

I for one miss the comedy.

I think it's between these 3 guys (5, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910895)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_II_of_Russia [wikipedia.org]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_the_Great [wikipedia.org]

http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/bios/b2ivanIV.htm [hyperhistory.net]

I vote for Peter the Great. His painting looks friendly and we all know how important image is in a copyright Czar.

I beg to disagree (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910971)

I vote for Peter the Great. His painting looks friendly

He looks [wikimedia.org] too much like Ron Jeremy [wikimedia.org] to be entirely friendly....

Re:I beg to disagree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911107)

Ron Jeremy is experienced in screwing people. Just like the MAFIAA.

Re:I beg to disagree (1)

bob.appleyard (1030756) | more than 5 years ago | (#25913041)

Then it's settled. Ron Jeremy for copyright tsar!

Re:I think it's between these 3 guys (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911299)

Lemme put in the good word for Ivan the terrible he used surfs as a convenient way to keep his carriage wheels from sinking into the mud.

Re:I think it's between these 3 guys (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911449)

An imaganitive fellow indeed, he also used a giant frypan to turn up the heat on his enemies.

Re:I think it's between these 3 guys (1)

QuasiEvil (74356) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911949)

I too prefer Ivan. I just have a lot more respect (or is that fear?) for anybody with the nickname "Terrible".

After all, why vote for a lesser evil? Er, wait, Cthulhu for Copyright Czar!

Re:I think it's between these 3 guys (1)

SonicSpike (242293) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911371)

Peter The Great has a prom-star mustache to boot!

Re:I think it's between these 3 guys (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912381)

but catherine the great fucked horses.

Re:I think it's between these 3 guys (1)

Anpheus (908711) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911523)

If we elect this Ivan fellow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_IV_of_Russia [wikipedia.org]

I have a feeling he can get things done. And he may once and for all solve the analog hole, too!

NYCL (4, Insightful)

ubercam (1025540) | more than 5 years ago | (#25910995)

I, despite not being American (but I do live nearby), nominate Ray Beckerman [blogspot.com] (NewYorkCountryLawyer [slashdot.org] ). He seems to have lots of relevant experience in this field.

Any seconds?

Re:NYCL (3, Interesting)

Anpheus (908711) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911533)

I wouldn't want to remove him from his current practice when there aren't many others like him.

Chewing a Lemon (4, Funny)

monkeythug (875071) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911003)

I would absolute *love* it if Lessig gets the post.

I can see the faces on the RIAA/MPAA moguls now after they went to all that effort to convince congress to create that post, only to have it backfire on them so badly :-)

Oh, I would laugh so hard ...

RMS (5, Funny)

perlhacker14 (1056902) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911061)

Wouldn't it be apallingly hilarious if RMS was consulted or even appointed? Come on, RMS for Copyright Czar- defender of our freedoms. Seriously though, he does have some good ideas on reform, as seen at (stallman.org).

Re:RMS (1)

Improv (2467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911125)

On that day, the geeks would crawl out of the basements and university computer labs to dance in the streets.

Re:RMS (4, Insightful)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911137)

I'm not so sure about RMS. Yes, I agree with most of what he says, but not how he says it, and he comes across as a nutter to the non-techie public, and most of the techie community as well.

Besides we'll have him refusing to read emails that are sent from an insufficiently free *GNU*/Linux distribution.

Re:RMS (1)

Anpheus (908711) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911549)

He is a nutter, and that's a good thing for rallying a cause. It's not so good once the cause becomes influential--then you need great orators, which AFAIK, neither Linus nor RMS can claim to be.

That's Whom (2, Informative)

El Puerco Loco (31491) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911069)

Whom, goddammit! Whom will Obama choose?

Re:That's Whom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25912089)

Doctor Whom, is that you? Not sure if you'll get that job.

C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!!!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25911183)

lol wut

Cory Doctorow, the only man we could trust. (1)

Shane A Leslie (923938) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911255)

I can think of only one man I'd want in the position - Cory Doctorow.

Re:Cory Doctorow, the only man we could trust. (2, Funny)

bgalbrecht (920100) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911353)

I doubt Obama would ever appoint a Canadian citizen to be the US copyright czar.

Re:Cory Doctorow, the only man we could trust. (1)

Shane A Leslie (923938) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911431)

Yeah, sucks don't it. Would be nice though.

Re:Cory Doctorow, the only man we could trust. (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25912393)

Americans don't care if the President is an Indonesian citizen, why should they care if the copyright czar is Canadian?

Re:Cory Doctorow, the only man we could trust. (3, Funny)

Malekin (1079147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911675)

So he can "unpublish" those he disagrees with and use the office to endlessly pimp his books? No thanks.

hard choice (1, Insightful)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911333)

hopefully he will choose someone who understands the futility of applying copyrights to digital media.

Worst case (1)

Frozentech (890974) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911459)

I think the worst case ( yet still in the running ) is Hilary Rosen. She's been a big Obama supporter and arguably has copyright 'experience'. Change you *will* believe in !

better laws? (1)

Neil Strickland (1064886) | more than 5 years ago | (#25911579)

The current system of law on copyright and other IP issues seems to have many flaws, but it does not seem so easy to design a better system. Does anyone know of any detailed proposals with serious analysis of their expected consequences?

RE; Who (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25912713)

The "Terror Attacks in India" are the work of The US Department of Defense Special Forces Units, under direction of President George Walker Bush.

The reason for the carnage is to pave the way for George Walker Bush to "Proactively" pardon himself, all Cabinet Officials and Appointees.

The distruction is vital of US interests and intelligence, which Condi Rice will sleep better tonight knowing that data that could have implicated her is now in ashes ... who cares about the civilians who died .. Condie? ... Heavens no! ... She only cares about the suckulent Jewish shin that addorns her shoes and lamp shades.

Here's a question... (1)

macinit (1332645) | more than 5 years ago | (#25913033)

I ask who will care about the next copyright Czar when the government grinds to a halt 1st quarter 2009? Everything is important but our failed monetary system.
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