Openness? Transparency? Not When Biden Gets To Hang With Entertainment Industry Lobbyists: Press Kicked Out
from the gotta-keep-that-on-the-down-low dept
Well, this is just lovely. I added it as an update to the original post about Biden’s highly questionable, one-sided “piracy summit,” but it’s an issue that deserves an additional post. Reporter Ryan Reilly was attending the summit, and was Twittering what was going on, so we got to hear Biden say that piracy is “flat unadulterated theft” (apparently the Vice President of the US is unfamiliar with US law and the difference between infringement and theft, which is… um… scary). Then we heard that Attorney General Eric Holder was reinvigorating the Justice Department’s “task force” on copyright. Why? There’s still no indication of any actual harm (both the movie and music industries are growing). Then, Commerce Secretary Locke noted that anti-camcording efforts are an important part of the anti-piracy effort. Funny timing, given the recent fiasco over a young woman arrested for incidental capturing of snippets of New Moon.
So it started out just great. And then? Well, then the press got kicked out. Seriously. Isn’t this the Obama administration that’s supposed to be all about openness and transparency and not giving in to industry lobbyists? So it gathers up a bunch of the highest ranking government officials, (and doesn’t invite any consumer advocates or tech industry representatives) puts those politicians in a room with industry bosses and lobbyists, claims that “all stakeholders” are present (seriously, that’s what Biden’s press release said), has those government officials make a few blatantly false or misleading claims, and then kicks out the press. Yikes. Update: Reilly has now published his article on the event, which includes a list of attendees.