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Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo 506

Bob9113 writes "Ars Technica reports that Derek Khanna is getting axed over his memo detailing the conflict between laissez-faire-oriented free market ideals and the regulatory monopoly that is copyright. 'The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives, has told staffer Derek Khanna that he will be out of a job when Congress re-convenes in January. The incoming chairman of the RSC, Steve Scalise (R-LA) was approached by several Republican members of Congress who were upset about a memo Khanna wrote advocating reform of copyright law. They asked that Khanna not be retained, and Scalise agreed to their request.'"
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Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo

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  • Surprised? (Score:5, Informative)

    by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @02:30PM (#42206937) Homepage Journal
    You shouldn't be - after all, this is the same political organization that had a report banned from the LoC, [] because the facts contained within did not mesh with their party philosophy.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06, 2012 @02:40PM (#42207065)

    But they didn't lose, they were just given 4 more years of control of one house of congress, a mandate by the people to prove how bad obama is for america!

    Or, at least that's what this memo i have says...

  • by Animats (122034) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @02:49PM (#42207195) Homepage

    Backup copy. [] (And because the document was created by a Congressional employee, it's not copyrightable. So there.)

    Here's the proposal:

    • A. Free 12-year copyright term for all new works - subject to registration, and all existing works are renewed as of the passage of the reform legislation. If passed today this would mean that new works have a copyright until 2024.
    • B. Elective-12 year renewal (cost 1% of all United States revenue from first 12 years -- which equals all sales).
    • C. Elective-6 year renewal (cost 3% of revenue from the previous 12 years).
    • D. Elective-6 year renewal (cost 5% of revenue in previous 6 years).
    • E. Elective-10 year renewal (10% of ALL overall revenue - fees paid so far).

    This is a good proposal. Start circulating it around. For only a very small number of copyrighted items is there revenue beyond 12 years, and that's covered.

  • by shutdown -p now (807394) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @02:49PM (#42207209) Journal

    You might want to wipe the foam from your mouth and actually read about the history of civil rights and see who's consistently been on the side of those who want to work hard and be a member of society

    Yup - they were usually called "liberals" and "progressives", same as they are today. It just so happens that Republicans were a liberal/progressive party since pretty much forever (already during the Civil War), until they were turned around at the end of the Civil Rights era.

  • by HarrySquatter (1698416) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @03:27PM (#42207797)

    Teddy Roosevelt was a conservative? You're joking, right? Did you hear that from Rush Limbaugh or Fox News? You do know that the Bull Moose Party that he founded was a progressive party, right? Teddy Roosevelt is well known as being a leader in the progressive movement of the early 20th century. To call him a conservative is an absolute joke.

  • Re:He Should Be (Score:5, Informative)

    by Rockoon (1252108) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @03:31PM (#42207865)
    The government being involved in marriage at all is an example of big government interference.

    Here is just some of the significant government involvement that defines married people as different than single people. []

    Of course gays want to get married.. look at how special married people are treated. They want to be treated special too, which is why allowing gay marriage isn't actually a fair outcome unless you define 'fair' to equal 'treating people differently.'

    The fair outcome is only arrived at when the government gets the hell out of the institution of marriage.
  • Derek Khanna - Geek (Score:5, Informative)

    by Frankie70 (803801) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @08:43PM (#42211469)

    He is one of us - look at his linkedin profile []

    â C++, Backtrack, Python, Sql, Java, Dreamweaver/Photoshop, statistical modelling.
    â Building computers and beta testing software (Microsoft Office 2013, Windows 8 etc.).

    Unless, we stand up for him, no one else will ever dare write about copyright reform in the future.

    This needs to be something like fight against SOPA.

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