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Would President Obama Answer A Question About The DMCA During His Google Hangout?

from the doubtful,-but... dept

If you haven't seen the news yet, President Obama is going to do a Google Hangout on Thursday in which he'll answer some presubmitted questions. The White House and YouTube have set up a ridiculously clumsy submission system, allowing people to submit questions by text or by video and then anyone can vote on them, though browsing the questions or even linking to any particular question appears to take a Herculean effort. That said, a few people have asked some questions about copyright (you can do a search on the submission page). One interesting one, comes from Public Knowledge, in which they directly ask him about fixing the problems with anti-circumvention rules in the DMCA, such as those we've been talking about concerning phone unlocking. That link above should allow you to vote for the question. You can also see the video of the question below. It would be nice to see that question get a lot of votes, and to see if the President would be willing to actually answer the question.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 8:04pm

    Preemptive translation to all answers: your rights end where the profits of my highest bidders begin.

     

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    Anonymous Monkey (profile), Feb 12th, 2013 @ 8:34pm

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    Where's a 'Sad-But-True' button when you need it ?!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 8:35pm

    Interesting. I voted for some questions (including that one) and against others.

    On a side note, you'd think people would proofread something they're submitting as a question to be answered by the President, but I see a lot of typos.

     

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    The Original Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 12th, 2013 @ 9:03pm

    Will he understand the question?

    I believe that the President is not interested in such things as copyright and the DCMA and therefore has no knowledge of how they work or their implications. I believe that he spends most of his time worrying about how he will be able to shape the economy and American society.

    Would he even understand the problem? I think not. If he does tackle the question, his answer will most likely have been given to him by his minions.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 9:28pm

    this will go the same way as the White House petitions. he will answer what he wants and ignore the peoples actual questions

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 10:52pm

    Who cares about the DMCA ask why the US is so full of monopolies.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 10:58pm

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    Because of the DMCA? Or at the very least, because of the same reasons the DMCA exists.

    What I don't get is why people are fussing over the exceptions so much, while really the entire law should be scrapped.

     

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    [citation needed or GTFO], Feb 12th, 2013 @ 11:05pm

    The past repeats itself...

    Remember how there was a majority of people that upvoted asking about the legalization of marijuana?

    Same situation. The question will get popular votes, but never referred to in the actual questioning.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 12:17am

    Re: Re:

    Thus why you should not concern thyself with the details(DMCA) but the bigger problem(monopolies).

    All those crazy laws sprout from one place.

     

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    Bollocks, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 1:20am

    The people should ask Obanana why he thinks the American people are so stupid as to believe, day in and day out,that what they think actually matters.
    The same can be said for the UK as the British public are the second most stupid nation next to the USA.

    Europe is getting that way to it is just taking the people there too see what's happening.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 1:22am

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    And idiots

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 2:21am

    Re: Re:

    Paraphrased from a Cracked.com comment:

    Every country has it's idiots, it's just american idiots tend to be a little louder, and so get more attention.

     

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    nospacesorspecialcharacters (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 2:38am

    His answer will be something along the lines of...

    Copyright is important... blah, blah... strong economy... something... strive to maintain balance... blah, something... rights.

    Has there ever been a point in history where a politician has been challenged on something and they've answered something to the effect of:

    "Hmm I didn't know that, that's awful, you've changed my mind about this issue and I'm going to try and fix this problem."


    Nope, I don't recall either.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 2:53am

    Re:

    "Obanana"? Really?
    ಠ_ಠ

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 4:52am

    Re: Re:

    Reminds me of the YouTube video of the minions singing "the lions sleeps tonight" using the words banana and potato.

    Youtube: Despicable Me - Minions Singing Banana/Potato Song

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 5:07am

    Re: His answer will be something along the lines of...

    Quote:
    Has there ever been a point in history where a politician has been challenged on something and they've answered something to the effect of:


    All the time, and it even has a technical definition: flip-flopping.

    :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 5:10am

    Re: Re:

    No need to ask that. It is implied on the question since only fools allow harmful artificial monopolies to exist.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 5:45am

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 5:46am

    WTF is a "Google Hangout"?

    And why would I ever want to spend my time watching it unless it featured Felicia Day & Wil Wheaton??

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 5:58am

    Re: Re: His answer will be something along the lines of...

    Only in politics is educating yourself and changing your opinion based on new information seen as a bad thing...

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 6:37am

    Obama has made it pretty clear he will do nothing to fix copyright. It's up to our joke of a congress.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 6:53am

    Short answer? Probably not.

     

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    PRMan, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 7:07am

    Re: Will he understand the question?

    Almost everyone in his cabinet and the DOJ are from the MAFIAA. Trust me when I tell you he is keenly aware of his copyright "responsibilities".

     

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    PRMan, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 7:09am

    Re:

    "this will go the same way as the White House petitions. he will answer what he wants and ignore the peoples actual questions"

    Is it any different when reporters ask them questions?

     

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    Todd (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 7:42am

    Dislike - voting systems with dislike buttons

    It's interesting seeing the "no" votes on some of these things. I submitted a question about the CFAA, and there are almost as many thumbs down as thumbs up. I suppose there are some self-appointed fans of the DOJ who are policing these questions?

    The way this thing is set up, that may be a good strategy. If a question is hit early with negative votes it seems to keep it from being very visible. I suppose that could work in reverse too, so I guess I'll spend some time hunting down some infant questions I disagree with and trying to kill them (or at least wound them severely).

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 7:46am

    Re: Re:

    Yeah lets just call him Barry.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 7:48am

    Re: Re: Re: His answer will be something along the lines of...

    Unless of course you go back and forth, hence flip flop.

    " educating yourself and changing" - That would just be a flip, and no flop. :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 8:30am

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    That was certainly my first thought. A bunch of weak-tea answered to the cherry-picked softball questions regardless of what gets the most votes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 8:31am

    Re: Re: Re: His answer will be something along the lines of...

    In fairness in a representative democracy it IS a bad thing to run on one opinion and then spend your time in office with another.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Feb 13th, 2013 @ 8:31am

    Re: Dislike - voting systems with dislike buttons

    " I suppose there are some self-appointed fans of the DOJ who are policing these questions?"

    Or DOJ employees

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 8:32am

    Re: Dislike - voting systems with dislike buttons

    Sycophants are keen to be as sycophantic as possible even when no one is watching it seems.

     

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    Colin, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 8:38am

    Re: Re: Re:

    That video/song is definitely not of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

     

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    bshock, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 9:53am

    sure, why not try?

    I fully support the idea of asking President Obama constructive questions about the DMCA or about any aspect of overreaching intellectual property that his administration supports.

    But I'm not stupid enough to think he'll give a constructive answer. We need a conversation about this topic, not the standard political non-answer that the president will almost surely give.

    Of course, if the president did answer straight about intellectual property matters, it would become clear that he's on the side of Big Content, rather than on the side of consumers. Vice president Biden is practically a wholly owned Disney subsidiary.

     

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    Mr. Applegate, Feb 13th, 2013 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: His answer will be something along the lines of...

    Well your reputation takes a hit, with at least part of the people. But really, how is that different than anyone else.

    I mean if I tell someone I will do X and then do Y they may not be very happy with me.

     

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