Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Republican Study Committee report
on copyright reform by Derek Khanna isn't so much that it was one of the sanest pieces about copyright written from within a government, or that it was withdrawn
so quickly after being published, but that Congress' response to the whole matter has been to stick its collective head in the sand and try to pretend the whole thing never happened
. At the very least, you would expect people in Congress to admit that there are different views
on copyright that go beyond the RIAA/MPAA view of the world. But, apparently, that's considered a "radical"
thought and not allowed. The folks at EFF and Fight for the Future are now asking people to reach out to Congress
and let them know that now is the time to fix copyright
, rather than ignore it. Telling Derek Khanna to go find another job
doesn't make the issue go away. Quite the opposite. It just highlights how corrupt
Congress is concerning these issues, in that it doesn't even want to acknowledge the uncomfortable truth that it's been simply rubberstamping the entertainment industry's wishes for decades -- and that's created a huge mess today. The time to fix it is now, but it appears that most in Congress prefer the comfort of the sand around their heads.