As are ALL senators and to a lesser extent representatives...
Congress extends copyright every time Disney throws money at them.
The Senate killed patent reform because trial lawyers threw money at them.
Congress is rushing through a bill to kill Net Neutrality because Comcast et al. threw money at them.
The smartest thing they did was to create lobbying loopholes in the bribery laws so they could accept bribes with impunity. The only way to "fix" the system is to outlaw lobbying and pass an amendment overruling SCOTUS' decision that corporations and PACs can spend as much as they want on reelection campaigns.
Unfortunately, the Senate has to approve both of those and when they figure out it means they can't accept bribes any more, they will kill it faster than patent reform.
Make a clear statement that pre-1972 recordings have value and those who are profiting from them must pay appropriate royalties for their use
So, royalties for songs that are 43 years old and older... I can hear the founding fathers crying from their graves.
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Willis and other health officials suspect the concept of a measles party may have grown out of "pox parties," which were popular in the 1980s, before the chickenpox vaccine was widely available. Some parents, reports said, even arranged to pay strangers for licked lollipops, saliva or other items from infected children. Willis says he still hears reports of “pox parties” occurring in Marin today, even though a chickenpox vaccine has been available for more than two decades. "It was not a good idea then, and it's still not a good idea," says Wilbert Mason.
AT&T Business Plan:
- 1. Sell slowest Internet access possible
- 2. Advertise it as "High Speed"
- 3. ???
- 4. PROFIT!!!
Seriously, when someone tells me they have DSL, I just laugh at them.
Neutral prioritization is giving priority to streaming video/music/gaming over other types of data like e-mail without regard to the hosts providing the services.
This critical distinction seems to be ignored by the poster.
Net Neutrality doesn't demand that no network optimization by the ISP's ever occur, it states that the host should not be a factor in the ISP's optimizations. If the host does factor into the optimizations, then the ISP's begin extorting hosts to pay for priority service which the ISP's customers have already paid for. Additionally, hosts that can't afford to pay for priority distribution by the IPS's soon find that users can't access their services.