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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    bshock, 13 Feb 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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