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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Supreme Court Nominee May Make MPAA Feel Nervous

Supreme Court Nominee May Make MPAA Feel Nervous

Supreme Court Nominee May Make MPAA Feel Nervous

Added: Friday, May 14th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Nominee, is well known for taking a liberal position on copyright debates, siding with “fair use” concept, as well as for helping Harvard Law School, which has a history of defending Joel Tenenbaum, the alleged file-sharer.

After the President Obama’s official nomination of Kagan to be a US Supreme Court justice, Hollywood may be?ome quite nervous about it. Kagan has never worked as a judge before, but taking into account her record on copyright, the anti-piracy outfits are right to be worried.

Elena Kagan is reported to take a liberal position in copyright issues related to “fair use”. Actually, she is the one who’s responsible for helping beef up the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society while being its dean in 2003-2009. It was she who recruited such legal minds as Lawrence Lessig and others, all of them sharing the liberal position on copyright.

Lawrence Lessig is known for calling the fight against peer-to-peer networks their “new prohibition.” He also pointed out that file exchange is only growing over the years, which breeds extra contempt for antiquated copyright legislation and copyright owners.

The above mentioned Center appeared to be the first to provoke other colleges to ignore the RIAA’s infamous, and finally failed dormitory crackdown on infringing file-sharing students. The reason highlighted for doing so was that the main duty of the university is to care about its own mission but not to appease the music industry.

The Center is also the home of Charles Nesson, the attorney of Joel Tenenbaum. Notwithstanding that the effort to defend the accused file-sharer failed and the latter was found guilty of violating the copyright law last year, Nesson has still been consistent in his position of criticizing the outdated copyright legislation and the impact it has on the digital world.

Hollywood started worrying after Elena’s siding with Cablevision at the Supreme Court a year ago in the battle with Hollywood. She defended the subscribers’ right to store video on the provider’s servers. That time Hollywood has got a relief when Sonia Sotomayor passed her over, but now that Elena’s nomination is already official, the anti-piracy outfits may have a lot to think about. At the same time, “fair use” proponents like us will soon feel more comfortable knowing that there is a justice in this world who thinks as they do.

May 14th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, May 14th, 2010

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-05-14 16:15:34)
conmac863 avatarThanks for the article SaM. Finally something close to good news.

posted by Site Friend (2010-05-14 16:24:17)
magiccrack avatarThanx SaM nice article.

posted by ET junkieET lover (2010-05-14 17:59:36)
bodthepimp avatarhi SaM ThE MaN its hope nice read

posted by (2010-05-15 01:39:21)
Noch avatarwell it would be nice but all in all i wouldn't trust anyone with ties to the Washington political scene
no matter what side of the fence they stand on. they're all douche bags that need to realize they don't own America but work for it, and just wish i could FIRE them all .

posted by (2010-05-15 22:39:40)
kingtiger01 avatar@noch: i agree, but its not that easy. you fire 100 douchebags, and 1000 of there rich douchebag friends show up the next day to fill-the-slot.

only true solution, is to have it represented by a committee, between citys/county's/state/federal. that changes ever 1.5 years, and makes the previous rep. unselectable for the position for a minimum of 5 years. the pay-rate is equal to the bottom-end of middle-class scale. making it undesirable for the 'get-rich-quick' senators we have now.

posted by Blocked (2010-05-17 20:13:14)
carolina avatarthe only problem with your solution kingtiger is politicians cant get anything done in 4 years or sometimes even in several decades (like healthcare reform) but you think they can get ANYTHING done in 1.5 years???? no way.

but the idea you have to make them ineligible to represent again is good just make it not ever, that would put a stop to corruption. if you cant keep the politician you bought for any longer than 1 term, you wont buy him. it would also stop political empire building like the Bush family. there are hundreds of millions of people why do we need the same tired 100th of 1% keeping power only to abuse it?

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