Posted in music | technology on November 6, 2008

Joe Biden (by Gizmodo)
Biden RIAA

"There's no question America looks like it'll be an exciting and interesting place under Barack Obama.

But it's starting to look a little scary for the online world.

Joe Biden is already cause for serious alarm, but now, will Google get an amazing foothold in the new White House?

And might RIAA boss Mitch Bainwol become Obama's CTO?

It's OK. Relax. We were just kidding about Bainwol. He voted for McCain, although you can bet he and other corporate entertainment cartel minions such as the MPAA's Dan Glickman are sleeping outside Obama's door, metaphorically speaking.

But could either Do No evil Google boss Eric Schmidt, who "conveniently endorsed Obama," or another Google employee, Vint Cerf, be named? - wonders CNet News." [p2pnet]

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Comments (34)

alright, kudos to BV for posting genuinely interesting and topical

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 2:37 PM

interesting

Posted by new rap music | November 6, 2008 2:48 PM

this I did not know

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 2:52 PM

Obama Biden looks too similar to Osama Bin Laden.


Terrorist!

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 2:58 PM

except the vice president does nothing but break ties in the senate. i wouldn't worry.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 3:23 PM

Wired's Threat Level blog is where it's at. See:

"MPAA Already Lobbying Obama" (Posted today)
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/11/mpaa-already-lo.html

"RIAA, MPAA Converging on Political Conventions"
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/08/riaa-mpaa-conve.html

Posted by Mike | November 6, 2008 4:23 PM

the vp influences the policies of the president. he's in the inner circle.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 4:33 PM

I would bet this is about # 1 million on Obama's list of priorities right now....

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 4:46 PM

What really worries me is Biden's horrific reputation as one of this nation's top drug warriors.

Posted by Tumbleweed | November 6, 2008 4:47 PM

you hippies did it to yourselves... don't say i didn't warn you...

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 5:52 PM

Don't forget the Larry Lessig is a friend of Obama's. Can BO make LL the new copyright czar? pretty please?

Posted by Jason H | November 6, 2008 7:25 PM

"this I did not know"

This statement signifies the biggest problem of the Obama presidency: most that voted for him do not know his policies. He voted to spy on Americans. He voted to build a wall with Mexico. He voted to fund the Iraq war. True, he is better than McCain, but he still has a terrible voting record.

Do not trust any politician, especially ex-lawyers. Politicians work for us, not the other way around. No mandate.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 7:34 PM

remember Tipper Gore was the head of the PMRC and how everyone was freaking out like it was 1984 when they were first around but i don't think her agenda made that many waves once Al Gore found his place in the Oval Office.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 8:06 PM

well you know Obama did say he would listen to us especially when we disagree. hmmm now that i think of it, i wonder if that's why he voted to tap our phones.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 8:11 PM

They better keep a good ratio.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 9:28 PM

Anon4:46 hit it on the head. If you think Obama is thinking about these types of issues for one second instead of trying to prevent the second Great Depression of this country and getting us out of two unfortunate military initiatives, you're delusional.

Posted by blackhat | November 6, 2008 9:49 PM

"Last year, Biden sponsored an RIAA-backed bill called the Perform Act aimed at restricting Americans' ability to record and play back individual songs from satellite and Internet radio services. (The RIAA sued XM Satellite Radio over precisely this point.)

All of which meant that nobody in Washington was surprised when Biden was one of only four U.S. senators invited to a champagne reception in celebration of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act hosted by the MPAA's Jack Valenti, the RIAA, and the Business Software Alliance.
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Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 10:20 PM

"The real targets of the law, he said, are people who promote electronic-music dance parties known as "raves" in a way that makes clear that drugs like Ecstasy will be available.

The main sponsor of the law, Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, also has tried to calm fears about how it will be applied. Chip Unruh, a spokesman for Biden, called the new law a modest expansion of a 1986 "crack house law" that allowed the government to prosecute landlords who knowingly rent property to people who use it for illegal drug activity."

http://www.mpp.org/states/ohio/news/law-threatens-free-speech-free.html

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2008 10:22 PM

The pick of Joe Biden likely had about zero to do with his stance on copyright/net neutrality issues (where he's awful). Here's hoping that his move from powerful Senator to powerless Vice President removes some powerful opposition to common sense.

Meanwhile, in the house, Henry Waxman is trying to oust net neutrality opponent John Dingell from his chair atop the Commerce Committee - http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2008/11/hot-dingell-on.html - if he succeeds, great news for IP issues. If you want to know what's going to happen with internet and copyright issues, watch Congress, not the executive branch in the coming months.

Posted by Michael T Sweeney | November 7, 2008 12:39 AM

even worse...from Vulture:

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz: "My parents met working for Biden. They met on a campaign, so they have this particular affection for Joe. He came to their wedding. If it weren't for Joe Biden, I would not exist as a human being."

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 1:08 AM

1:08, hahaha!

seriously though, as much as the demos may be part of the problem when it comes to witch hunts over downloading, here in 2008, that issue is pretty much moot. even the RIAA seems to have given up.

and anyway, it pales in comparison to my concerns over the war(s), domestic surveillance, economic disaster, covert operations, gay rights, progressive taxation, etc etc. These are the reasons I supported Obama, not because of his or Biden's stance on downloading or copyright law.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 4:27 AM

You supported Obama but you are concerned for domestic surveillance and gay rights? Hate to break it to you but Obama voted YES on the Patriot Act and FISA. Obama is also 100% anti-gay marriage. He REFUSED to support the defeat of Prop 8 in California. Considering that 70% of African-Americans opposed gay-marriage, it must be a black thing. Obama is anti-gay, don't let him fool you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 8:07 AM

maybe Obama had to pretend he was anti-gay to win the election, but has plans to now use his power for good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 8:09 AM

obama isn't anti-gay, he's pro-getting-elected

the fucking gay rights people already blew the 2004 election by trying to push legalized gay marriage before the American people were ready for it. I'm GLAD Obama didn't fall into the same trap that Kerry fell into.

If you guys want gay marriage so much, then come up with a plan that works to convince the American people to get on board. Otherwise, you wait.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 9:03 AM

"...it must be a black thing"

@ Anon8:07 - Try sharing such an idiotic generalization with the many thousands of gay people of color in this country.

Posted by blackhat | November 7, 2008 9:18 AM

LOL @ 8:09

Obama blows. He is PRO-WAR, anti-gay rights, Pro 700 Billion dollar bailout for the rich, etc etc... Just because hes black people think the guy is fucking Ghandi

Also, Joe Biden IS the modern drug war. He introduced the CLEAN-UP ACT, the RAVE Act, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, among other things.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6-wG5LLqE

MEET THE NEW BOSS SAME AS THE OLD BOSS.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 9:58 AM

"gay people of color"

that means black gays, for those of you not hip to the new Speach Codes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 10:46 AM

"gay people of color"

that means black gays, for those of you not hip to the new Speach Codes.

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interesting

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 12:58 PM

well you know Obama did say he would listen to us especially when we disagree. hmmm now that i think of it, i wonder if that's why he voted to tap our phones.

Posted by jeux pour | December 27, 2009 7:07 PM

gay people of color"

that means black gays, for those of you not hip to the new Speach Codes.

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gay people of color"

that means black gays, for those of you not hip to the new Speach Codes.

Posted by free 3d wallpaper | June 18, 2010 9:22 PM

well you know Obama did say he would listen to us especially when we disagree. hmmm now that i think of it, i wonder if that's why he voted to tap our phones..

Posted by planet wallpaper | June 21, 2010 5:55 AM

Try sharing such an idiotic generalization with the many thousands of gay people of color in this country.

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