Unfortunately, there are too many very vested publishing interests involved. Much cash will be spread around and the bill will either mysteriously disappear or get shot down on some minor technicality in committee. No way would the publishers allow their profits to be killed like this.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."
Each and every one of our esteemed congresscritters, and the members of the Executive branch, are blatantly violating their oaths of office. In most cases, they are also violating the duties of their offices. They are sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution. Instead, they are attacking it at every turn.
They are sworn to "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter". Instead, they ignore or directly violate those duties with impunity. They seem to regard Federal service as license to print money, curry favor with the rich and powerful, and directly ignore the reason they were elected or appointed.
Somebody needs to grab them by the scruff of the neck and shake them up a little. Some prison time wouldn't hurt.
I don't know, yet, what to do about it. They're pretty deeply entrenched. But there must be an answer somewhere.
Who profits by keeping these, admittedly talented, people from coming here? We NEED them. There should be NO restrictions on them. They create businesses and jobs. They boost the economy. Why send them home to compete with us? Someone has, again, subverted Washington in the name of profits. This all has to stop.
I would think that, if he's as bright and resourceful as he appears, Oxford, or Stanford, or MIT, or any of a dozen really good schools would be in a major arm-wressling match to get him on their campus. Let's see what happens.
Oh, BTW, the original "school" has shown it's true colors, and lost the PR war, big time. With any luck, they'll never recover.
In true Magic Castle fashion, the whole show is designed to divert your attention from the fact that the royalties in question are so far out of whack, and make you concentrate on irrelevant authority issues. Pure smoke and mirrors.
I just wonder why all of these buggywhip producers, like the -AAs and the dead tree publishers keep fighting the obvious and inevitable - they NEVER win. Technology changes, constantly. The purveyors of the old, obsolete technologies either adapt and change, or die (usually noisily with much thrashing of everything in sight, the Constitution and human rights be damned - we're talking about PROFITS here!).
Way back in the day, say 1982 or so, IBM came up with a wonderful (if anemic) machine called the "Personal Computer". It used a ROM based program called a BIOS (Basic Input Output System) to act as an interface between the hardware of the machine and the software running on it. At the same time, IBM published a binder they called the Technical Reference (which I still have). This volume contained, among other things, the complete source code for the BIOS (copyrighted), one presumes on the hope that this would prevent a third party from copying the machine and it's BIOS.
Along comes Phoenix. They set up two teams of engineers. The first read the IBM source and from that produced a specification of exactly how the BIOS worked and the requirements to operate it. We call those APIs now.
The second team, which had never seen the original source, took the specification and wrote a completely new program that performed all of the BIOS functions without copying any of the original. This is called a "Clean Room" procedure.
IBM, of course, sued to prevent Phoenix from using their BIOS, but lost in court, and the age of "IBM Clones" was born.
The idea that APIs or software specifications are not copyrightable is not new by any means. I don't understand what Oracle is thinking. They MUST know this, but are still wasting megabucks and months of lawyer time relearning the Phoenix lesson. WAKE UP ORACLE!
I don't know how you feel, but Mr. Wyden had best be careful. These people are not above arranging an "accident" to eliminate this interference with their plans, in the best family tradition. He's been much too vocal lately, not that I disagree with him.
This whole situation is simply the Gummint's reaction to the demands of their Hollywood masters screaming for them to "Do Something!!". The problem is that there's really no violation of anything so they end up in neverland. Maybe someday the US populace will wake up to what money is doing to our democracy and put a stop to it...or maybe not.