President Obama Makes Vague Meaningless Statements About Net Neutrality, Patent Reform And Copyright Reform
from the anything-going-to-happen dept
President Obama was apparently in California on a campaign swing for the fall election (trying to help out some candidates and raise money) yesterday and chose to discuss the various issues that are important to folks around here… by giving generally vague and empty statements that might be important if they were actually backed up by anything.
On net neutrality:
Responding to a question from a woman who said her business is training people in ?mindfulness meditation? ? something the president joked that he needs ? Obama said his administration was going to make sure net neutrality remains untouched.
?It?s what has unleashed the power of the Internet, and we don?t want to lose that or clog up the pipes,? Obama said.
Sounds good, right? But will he actually do anything about it? He’s been saying the same basic thing for a while now, but the White House didn’t even submit comments to the FCC. Either way, we’ll believe it when we see it.
On patent reform:
The president also said his administration is committed to patent reform for the same reasons of encouraging growth.
He noted concerns about ?folks filing phony patents, and costing some of our best innovators tons of money in court, or even if they don?t go to court, having to pay them off just because they?re making a bogus claim.?
Right, but he still let the trial lawyers kill patent reform, which had already been massively watered down. With a little more support from the White House, perhaps Harry Reid would not have caved in to the demands from the trial lawyers.
And, then, on copyright law, he tossed out some red meat for folks in Hollywood:
Obama emphasized seeking intellectual property protections and fighting piracy overseas.
?Piracy ends up being a huge problem overseas, and that?s an area where we?ve stepped up enforcement,? he said.
Of course, this contradicts with his statements about patents getting in the way of growth. Same can be true of excessive copyright law, hindering various innovations that could drive growth. Supporting greater enforcement overseas is still based on exaggerated claims of “losses” from an industry that still doesn’t want to compete.
In the end, it’s no surprise that he didn’t have too much to say — he’s not going to break any major news in this manner — but it’s more just saying things to keep various groups happy, rather than actually doing something.