WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: restrict the USTR from negotiating and nullify any past international agreements that fall under intellectual property.
Entertainment and Telco lobbyists have worked their way into the Office of United States Trade Representative, writing protectionists clauses into international trade agreements such as TPP and ACTA. These agreements seek to rescind consumer protections such as the First Sale Doctrine (which allows you to sell what you own), and they have already restricted mobile phone unlocking. All in the name of "job creation."
Without an act of Congress these agreements cannot be written into law, and at that point are not enforceable. However, members of Congress do not want to be seen going against an "international agreement" for political reasons, even thought it is entirely within their discretion to do so.
If you are sick of lobbyists restricting our liberties, please support this petition
This post inspires a few more practical project ideas:
A website that plays CSPAN embeds that has a way of detecting the name of the representatives on camera. To one site it can super-impose the headshot of the representatives on a body image and display corporate donor logos on their clothing, using the OpenSecrets API.
A website that is a directory of representatives that uses the OpenSecrets API to simply display the image of the headshot, body, and logos, along with a scoreboard or maybe some sort of Wall Street-style display of dollar totals.
Re: "The explosion of litigation we are seeing is a reflection of how the patent system wires us for innovation"
Said the weapons manufacturer on sales: "The explosion in wars you are seeing throughout the world shows us that weapons wires us for war."
Or, more accurately: "The explosion of litigation we are seeing is a reflection of how lawyers are wired to find suits to make money from. It's natural and reasonable that innovative attorneys would seek to enrich their bank accounts using the patent system."
If I had made some Star Wars fan fiction I would say to Disney: Come at me, bro. If the ire of Star Wars geeks can't help drive awareness about the need for copyright reform and the evental reform itself I don't know what can.
I agree. Is it profit or propaganda? They can't have it both ways. I guess if you think of Fox News as farcical entertainment then you could think of the film the same way. Either way, all just an opportunity for the filmmakers to get more attention to the film.
I think in the context of this discussion copyright was developed to protect middlemen's investments. Creators were not in the business of printing and publishing (they just create), so they had to sell the rights to a third party who could do the printing and marketing. And to make it fair to that publisher, they restricted other publishers with copyright laws and the threat of punishment for violations.
It is the same mentality you have with things like the 2012 London Olympics brand police. Other parties are paying "good money" to to advertise their brands so they need to stop others from "free riding." Or with licencing of music, films, TV. Licencees are paying money to monetize content so they and/or the licencor want to stop others from doing the same for free: YouTube takedowns, ICE domain seizures, etc.
But today creators can do it all just by hiring services (TuneCore, CDBaby, Amazon, fabrication in China, etc) that need to compete in the market for customers (it does not make sense financially for them to get exclusive deals, for example, they are just a service provider), so there is no middleman and his army of trolls.