Sunday, August 24, 2008

Biden: everything Obama isn't

Joe Biden - a wise choice for Obama, then - he's white, not black; experienced, not fresh faced; older, not younger. Oh, and something of a nightmare for tech libertarians.

CNet expands:

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.

Ironic that a guy so obsessed with copyright blew his own chances of getting the nuclear strike codes when he publicly plagiarised Neil Kinnock.

Of course, there are more pressing matters ahead of us than simply what the RIAA want - but it's still alarming to think that Metallica-minded policy is now on the ticket.

Still, as Obama would be the first to point out: you can always hope for change, can't you?

[Thanks to Michael M for the tip]