Overhype

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
barack obama, dan glickman, lobbying

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mpaa



Don't Worry About MPAA's Congrats To Obama

from the step-back-from-the-ledge dept

A bunch of folks have been sending in Wired's short article claiming that the MPAA is "already lobbying Obama." And, while I'm certainly never one to suggest that the MPAA isn't full of sneaky tricks, this is hardly anything to get worked up about. I don't even understand why Wired posted it, other than to get people angry. The MPAA, like pretty much every major lobbying organization, put out statements congratulating Obama. That's what you do as a lobbying group, and it's entirely meaningless at this point. I have no doubt that the MPAA will pull plenty of misleading stunts over the next four years, and most likely will convince all sorts of politicians, including Obama, to put into place bad laws. But a simple congratulations statement from a lobbying group is hardly a sign of impending doom.

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    eleete, 6 Nov 2008 @ 7:25pm

    The Facts

    Actually if you follow the money, it is Very concerning. He is the number one recipient of that industry's money. Music included. Guess only time will tell what he will do with Intellectual Property laws. He is, after all, a lawyer, and those usually benefit most from the suits discussed here.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/recips.php?cycle=2008&ind=B02

    http://www.opens ecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=B02

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      Mike (profile), 7 Nov 2008 @ 1:45am

      Re: The Facts

      Actually if you follow the money, it is Very concerning

      I have *no doubt* that they will lobby the new administration very heavily. But to say that their congrats message was lobbying is a bit much.

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        eleete, 7 Nov 2008 @ 4:28am

        Re: Re: The Facts

        I have *no doubt* that they will lobby the new administration very heavily. But to say that their congrats message was lobbying is a bit much.

        Agreed, they probably had two ads ready to fly. To say they 'will' lobby the new administration is misleading, they have already begun.

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    Craving Cupbord, 6 Nov 2008 @ 8:15pm

    Good Job, Eleete!

    LOL, Eleete is on it!

    But more interesting is Dan Glickman's non-donation to the Obama Campaign. Perhaps he ran out of cash, or donating to Obama's Campaign was an afterthought.

    I see the article as more of a love letter: "Come get super chummy and smoke a fat stogie with the head of the nation's greatest non-profit."

    Funny.

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  • identicon
    On the cutting room floor, 6 Nov 2008 @ 8:39pm

    Bush makes bad movies

    It's well known in Hollywood Circles that Bush is the *real* reason the film industry hasn't been as profitable as it should have.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 6 Nov 2008 @ 8:42pm

    Incredible

    Wow ... and I thought there were three branches of government.
    Guess I was wrong. Sure am glad I read these comments.

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      Wolferz (profile), 7 Nov 2008 @ 2:55am

      Re: Incredible

      And who picks the only two options we get every 4 years for president? Members of congress. And who picks the supreme court justices? The president.

      When you think about it, we haven't really had a president that bucked the system since JFK... and he got assassinated. Conspiracy theories aside you have to note that it makes for a hell of a coincidence.

      Every candidate in decades has been more of the same with the exception of Reagan... and only because he had the charisma and money to run whether the established parties wanted him to or not. Each one has had less of a back bone than the last. Each one has been more and more in line with his parties rhetoric. And the Supreme Court? Well go do a comparison of which judges were appointed by which presidents... tell me you don't notice a pattern.

      Yes we have three branches, but the lines between those branches in continuing to get more and more blurry with each passing decade while at the same time the power of the legislative branch continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

      Think about it. This is the greatest danger of our existing (psuedo-)two party system. Look closely and you can even see the steps both dominant parties have taken to make sure there aren't any more parties rising to power.

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    PaulT (profile), 7 Nov 2008 @ 12:11am

    On the other hand, you can guarantee that they *will* be lobbying Obama's administration the second they're able to. At least there's some hope he'll listen to opposing points of views, whereas McCain would probably have listened to the industry lobbyists and nobody else...

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 7 Nov 2008 @ 5:30am

    Hey Mike

    Mr Masnick I am going to write you in as a suggestion to the Obama group for that new copyright czar position. You can help insure that the industries wouldn't ruin our country and the world more.
    Whether you would accept if he actually did come and ask is a whole nother story. =P

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      chris (profile), 7 Nov 2008 @ 6:35am

      Re: Hey Mike

      with the amount of money that hollywood pumped into the democratic candidates' coffers, you'll be lucky if they let mike or any other copyright reformer within a mile of the white house.

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    Tommy, 7 Nov 2008 @ 12:21pm

    Obama is already owned

    Looks like Mossad already owns Obama (he picked Rahm Emanuel, the son of a terrorist). Obama will probably let Mossad slide on their 9/11 involvement and Obama will continue their wars. So who won? Israel did, as always.

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