Revolving Door: Obama Nominates Copyright Maximalist Lobbyist To Deputy USTR Position
from the this-is-a-problem dept
Among one of Holleyman's most notoriously miscalculated moments was that he was one of the chief lobbyists pushing SOPA and PIPA, celebrating the bill and pushing it along in Congress... right up until (rumor has it) Microsoft freaked out and told him to knock it off.
And, because the USTR just can't position itself as maximalist enough, President Obama has now nominated Holleyman as deputy USTR, where it seems likely he'd be a key figure in making sure that the TPP and TTIP/TAFTA agreements continue to include all sorts of favors for copyright maximalists. For years, the USTR has made it clear that it views copyright and patent maximalism as not just the best policy for the US, but one it feels the need to force on every other country. This, despite overwhelming evidence of the harm excessive monopoly rights do to innovation, health and the economy. Unfortunately, the latest in the revolving door saga shows, yet again, that the USTR's focus on over-protecting legacy businesses -- at the expense of the public and innovation -- is a policy that is going to continue.