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(Wired)   Obama giving the finger to treaty to help get e-books to the blind   (wired.com) divider line 18
    More: Ironic, obama, Association of American Publishers, treaty, World Intellectual Property Organization, braille, kei  
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2013-05-21 09:22:05 AM  
Good thing they can't see it or they'd be pissed.
 
2013-05-21 09:26:28 AM  
I'm thinking this may just be reverse psychology.  When Obama came out for the treaty on the rights of the disabled (and had Bob Dole get up on the Senate floor and cry for it), the GOP decided they were against it.  Might as well give the other tact the try.
 
2013-05-21 09:28:02 AM  
The treaty seems fairly straightforward enough, didn't see the part where the US pays for it all.
 
2013-05-21 09:29:08 AM  
I like the idea of a person coming up with an idea having a patent to make sure no one profits from his idea without him getting piece... at least for a while. The problem is when so many things are patented that there is no possible way to do anything without paying a fortune in patent fees. I think we need to chop off patents after it's holder has made sufficient profit or find some other way of having it expire.
 
2013-05-21 09:29:58 AM  
I don't see the problem.
 
2013-05-21 09:30:09 AM  
It's actually a fairly typical example of how an attempt at crafting a good agreement can become unpalatable to those who originally championed it. Parties interested in tearing down copyright get involved and start pushing for modifications in the wording until they've gotten the loopholes they want.
 
2013-05-21 09:32:42 AM  

hitlersbrain: I like the idea of a person coming up with an idea having a patent to make sure no one profits from his idea without him getting piece... at least for a while. The problem is when so many things are patented that there is no possible way to do anything without paying a fortune in patent fees. I think we need to chop off patents after it's holder has made sufficient profit or find some other way of having it expire.


most patents only last 14 years which I think is legally reasonable.  The only reform necessary would be to reduce the length of them, 7 years may be better for the market.  Or move to a royalty system where anyone using the "patented" idea will be forced to pay no more than 3% of total profits to originator of the idea.  It's fairly close to what already exists, but patent trolling has become a real problem and needs to be reformed.
 
2013-05-21 09:38:14 AM  
"Many fear lobbying by Hollywood and dozens of the world's largest corporations, including ExxonMobil, may scuttle the treaty altogether."

Not News Flash: Obama works for the whoever is the highest bidder for that day.  He may as well post rates on the White House door.
 
2013-05-21 09:44:03 AM  

vudukungfu: I don't see the problem.


what?
 
2013-05-21 09:45:48 AM  

NephilimNexus: "Many fear lobbying by Hollywood and dozens of the world's largest corporations, including ExxonMobil, may scuttle the treaty altogether."

Not News Flash: Obama works for the whoever is the highest bidder for that day.  He may as well post rates on the White House door.


3 hour minimum rental. Kids get free IRS jobs
 
2013-05-21 09:51:53 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
It's not Fair !
 
2013-05-21 09:52:43 AM  
this isn't "Obama". This is "RIAA/MPAA".
 
2013-05-21 09:53:08 AM  

vudukungfu: I don't see the problem.


Winner is you.  Anne Frank would've been proud.

That said, godf--kingdammit Obama.  The first 'title' I ever held was as a service squad volunteer for the blind classroom at my elementary school.  Most of 'em were awesome, but the few who were smart as heck got easily frustrated at the lack of NEW information.  My county has a great library for the blind (you can check out books *by mail*), our school had a respectable one for only having about 30 kids in the class (K-5th grade at that) but if they wanted to do research on something new it was a PITA.

So I guess we're still going to have volunteers LITERALLY RECORDING THEMSELVES READING BOOKS so information can be shared.  Again, godf--kingdammit Obama.

/and yes, you can volunteer to read books out loud so blind people can listen to them
//because we are in the 21st century and that's the only way we can provide them access to publications too new/obscure to be in braille
///my own family can't always understand me so it's probably not a good idea, although I did listen to an entire sustainable gardening book my roommate recorded over a week or so
 
2013-05-21 10:15:02 AM  
No ice cream for you... because of Obama.
 
2013-05-21 10:40:00 AM  
Brave stand you're taking, Obambi. Brave, I tell you.
 
2013-05-21 11:02:21 AM  
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2013-05-21 11:17:41 AM  

farkingatwork: this isn't "Obama". This is "RIAA/MPAA".


Agreed.  Politics as usual in this country.  DIAF, scumbag bribers.
 
2013-05-21 03:30:20 PM  
The world's biggest corporations are against it?
That thing wouldn't pass without a violent revolt and the deaths of hundreds of millions.
 
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