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McCain: ‘No Net-Neutrality, Need Piracy Crackdown’

McCain: ‘No Net-Neutrality, Need Piracy Crackdown’

Does, however, believe that consumers should be able to access and use content, applications, and services of their choosing, and also that too much IP protection can “stifle the proliferation of important ideas.”

I usually try to steer clear of politics, but I think it’s important for our file-sharing readers here to learn about where the presidential candidates stand on technology-related issues like net-neutrality and piracy, especially in the wake of Comcast’s throttling of BitTorrent, and the entertainment industry managing to get legislation passed that forces colleges and universities to begin filtering content on campus networks.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently unveiled his technology platform, dubbed the “John McCain Plan for American Innovation” that lays out his stance on each of the aforementioned issues.

Technology policy has not been a front-burner issue for Sen. McCain (R-AZ), but it has become more critical for the McCain campaign in recent weeks following his earlier admission that he is “computer illiterate.” This admission certainly haunts his positions, yet let’s take a look.

Net-Neutrality

“John McCain does not believe in prescriptive regulation like “net-neutrality,” but rather he believes that an open marketplace with a variety of consumer choices is the best deterrent against unfair practices,” reads his plan. “Given the enormous benefits we have seen from a lightly regulated Internet and software market, our government should refrain from imposing burdensome regulation.”

His policy on net-neutrality does have some good points, but I think it’s by and large very naive because it presupposes that consumers have choice among ISPs when they in fact do not unless, that is, he’s lumping in dial-up (yuck) and DSL with broadband in his policy thanks to his computer illiteracy.

Broadband service providers enjoy market monopolies in this country making it important for the govt to ensure – through regulation if necessary – that the “information superhighway” onramps are “neutral” until such time that consumers can vote with their feet.

“John McCain will focus on policies that leave consumers free to access the content they choose; free to use the applications and services they choose; free to attach devices they choose, if they do not harm the network; and free to chose among broadband service providers,” his platform continues.

This is a sort of tradeoff with his anti-net-neutrality stance for it he says that consumers should be able to use the “applications and services they choose” (read BitTorrent) so long as they “don’t harm the network.” But, how does he define “harm?” Is the network harmed if there’s a large amount of BitTorrent traffic during the day? What about at night? So long as ISPs are allowed to define the “harm” caused by applications and services to their network consumers are the ones who’ll wind up being harmed.

As for his position that consumers be “…free to choose among broadband service providers,” is he kidding? I think we all know there is no choice nor probably will there ever be till well into the foreseeable future.

Piracy

“While the Internet has provided tremendous opportunity for the creators of copyrighted works, including music and movies, to distribute their works around the world at low cost, it has also given rise to a global epidemic of piracy,” reads his plan. “John McCain supports efforts to crack down on piracy, both on the Internet and off.”

I think we all know what this means. It means that he’ll support the entertainment industry’s efforts to target the file-sharing community. It would’ve been nice to ge a better sense of how he plans to support a piracy crack down while at the same time claiming that consumers should be “free to access the content they choose,” but he he didn’t vote on the recent College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2008 which, if you recall, mandates that colleges and universities begin installing content filters on campus networks (it was signed into law by President Bush just yesterday).

You can’t have your cake and eat it too, and you know it’s only a matter of time before the entertainment industry begins pressuring lawmakers to force ISPs to begin filtering the Internet – the national “campus network” – as well. What will McCain’s stance be then?

Perhaps it will be to allow it for he does seek “..international agreements and enforcement efforts that ensure fair rewards to intellectual property.” Why not the same for domestic intellectual property concerns?

The only real bright side of his plan for intellectual property and piracy is that he recognizes that “…too much protection can stifle the proliferation of important ideas and impair legitimate commerce in new products to the detriment of our entire economy.” For this he only proposes patent reform in plan, which I think with much bigger issues like DRM, device interoperability, and the like leaves many feeling wholly unsatisfied. Who cares about patents when you pay $10 bucks for an album that you never really own and whose use is subject to change without notice?

Conclusions?

The fact that McCain was, and maybe still is, computer illiterate doesn’t bode well for those trying to determine if his “Plan for American Innovation” is based on unbiased data necessary to make an informed decision. With McCain suggesting that net-neutrality isn’t the answer, but consumer choice of ISPs is it makes you wonder if the guy has ever even had to choose one before. There is no choice of broadband service providers in this country.

Furthermore, increased intellectual property enforcement is fine, but what about IP reform, not patent reform? At some point music, movies, and other artistic works have to become part of the “public domain” and to allow corporations to profit form them long, long after an artist’s death is insane.

In any event, McCain’s stance on net-neutrality and piracy is not very encouraging.

**In the spirit of full disclosure I am, or perhaps was now, a John McCain supporter. I do plan to write a piece that chronicles Obama’s stance on the same important issues as well in the near future.**

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
DrewWilson
DrewWilson

@ Vampyre - Americans trusted Bush for a second term so I'm just about willing to believe that they'll trust just about anyone at this point... not that I'm trying to say anything bad about Americans of course.

VAMPYRE BLADE
VAMPYRE BLADE

Obama is not qualified to be president he's only been a senator for less then a year you brave enough to trust him with this country?

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

manakazero wrote: "I like the picture. lol"Glad you like it. I saw the headline and the picture and thought "Man I gotta photoshop his face green because it's almost too perfect!" :DSaturate the picture a different colour save it in a different file load up the original picture use clone brush to paint just the face green and save it in a final picture. Took me a minute to figure that one out but it made for a great picture. :)

coho-osprey
coho-osprey

At least McCain has a policy. What about Obama? Inflate your tires and your condoms-energy crisis solved. Obama is great if you don't work and are on welfare-otherwise your taxes will be through the roof. Free Healthcare for everyone-who pays for this? the working people-wake up people!

manakazero
manakazero

Wow the comments went downhill fast :o

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

My apologies for any contribution to that.

manakazero
manakazero

I forgot that! McCain calling his wife a "cunt" has to be the worst episode of this campaign one either side so far!

LondonOntGuy
LondonOntGuy

McCain is the typical Amerikwan.Assholes think they own the whole bloody world and of course the internet.

Adam42069gc
Adam42069gc

To McSame Technology = Horseless carriage telegraph and the pony express! I wish he would just hurry up a DIE already! For him being 72 centuries...oops I mean years old he is the MOST immature candidate! All he can do is lie and smear Obama because he has not 1 legit issue that he can run on!

Adam42069gc
Adam42069gc

He is just your typical rich ass hypocritical crooked big oil’s b*tch Rich-ublican. He knows that he has no legit/true issue that he can win on so all he can do is try to scare everyone away from Obama. If people really knew ANYTHING about him and bothered to look up his voting record then they would see the real McSame who when he actually bothered to show up or leave his office in the senate to vote voted 95% with Bush in 2007 & 100% with Bush this year. When a bill came up 8 separate times to extend tax credits to alternative energy research / development companies he “missed” all 8 votes and one of the times he was at the senate in his office and didn’t bother to come to the “floor” to vote! 99% of his commercials are LIES! (goto link below) http:www.factcheck.orgNot just us Americans but the ENTIRE WORLD can only HOPE that he dies BEFORE the November 4th election :-D . If by some satanic ritual he lives and ends up winning the election :’-( you better hope that he picked a good Vice President because there is no way he is gonna live through a 4 year term unless Cheney teaches him to suck souls like he(Cheney) does to keep “living”.I'm John McBush and I am about to die!

VAMPYRE BLADE
VAMPYRE BLADE

You only have 2 choices. McCain who has experiance and obama who has no clue how to run this country.

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

Come to think of it didn't Obama support Wiretapping laws not too long ago? I personally don't really support either side but being non-American would make it impossible to officially support either side to begin with. :)

ImFeelinLucky
ImFeelinLucky

Perhaps McCain is best leaving the tech issues to the people who are actually familiar with them and going back to things he knows best. Like bombing Vietnamese villages and schools calling his wife a "trollop" and "cunt" etc. Time for the old goat to go out to pasture.

rhondohslade
rhondohslade

And what about Osama's wife Michelle - the Nazi - who put down her fellow classmates from college because they didn't embrace HER radical views and they wanted a better life which SHE characterized as being essentially "too white" for her liking (this can be verified on Snopes.com). While NOT a card-carrying Repuslivecan and never having voted for one in a Presidential Erection before (I always vote for whom I feel is the best person for any office regardless of party affiliation) I feel compelled to vote for McCain this time around as the least worst candidate unless the Independents can field someone better in my eyes.

gost
gost

LOLDumb old Americans with extremely stupid politicsAlthough i have noticed that Americans vote for personality(candidates family past decision..don't matter because for 1 bad decision there are 10 good ones...) not for the changes that they will bring to this silly old bush era to an end and fix everything.... and i don't see(as an guy who doesn't watch any of those biased propaganda American "news" networks) Mr McCain doing any of that.. he is just following bush's footsteps... this poll with prove how many Americans are retards(75% is my guess).Good luck see u in 8 years.(unless McCain starts a war with canada)

Adam42069gc
Adam42069gc

To McSame Technology = Horseless carriage telegraph and the pony express! I wish he would just hurry up a DIE already! For him being 72 centuries...oops I mean years old he is the MOST immature candidate! All he can do is lie and smear Obama because he has not 1 legit issue that he can run on!

VAMPYRE BLADE
VAMPYRE BLADE

Obama is not qualified to be president he's only been a senator for less then a year you brave enough to trust him with this country?

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

manakazero wrote: "I like the picture. lol"Glad you like it. I saw the headline and the picture and thought "Man I gotta photoshop his face green because it's almost too perfect!" :DSaturate the picture a different colour save it in a different file load up the original picture use clone brush to paint just the face green and save it in a final picture. Took me a minute to figure that one out but it made for a great picture. :)

manakazero
manakazero

Wow the comments went downhill fast :o

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

@ Vampyre - Americans trusted Bush for a second term so I'm just about willing to believe that they'll trust just about anyone at this point... not that I'm trying to say anything bad about Americans of course.

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

My apologies for any contribution to that.

VAMPYRE BLADE
VAMPYRE BLADE

You only have 2 choices. McCain who has experiance and obama who has no clue how to run this country.

manakazero
manakazero

I forgot that! McCain calling his wife a "cunt" has to be the worst episode of this campaign one either side so far!

LondonOntGuy
LondonOntGuy

McCain is the typical Amerikwan.Assholes think they own the whole bloody world and of course the internet.

Adam42069gc
Adam42069gc

He is just your typical rich ass hypocritical crooked big oil’s b*tch Rich-ublican. He knows that he has no legit/true issue that he can win on so all he can do is try to scare everyone away from Obama. If people really knew ANYTHING about him and bothered to look up his voting record then they would see the real McSame who when he actually bothered to show up or leave his office in the senate to vote voted 95% with Bush in 2007 & 100% with Bush this year. When a bill came up 8 separate times to extend tax credits to alternative energy research / development companies he “missed” all 8 votes and one of the times he was at the senate in his office and didn’t bother to come to the “floor” to vote! 99% of his commercials are LIES! (goto link below) http:www.factcheck.orgNot just us Americans but the ENTIRE WORLD can only HOPE that he dies BEFORE the November 4th election :-D . If by some satanic ritual he lives and ends up winning the election :’-( you better hope that he picked a good Vice President because there is no way he is gonna live through a 4 year term unless Cheney teaches him to suck souls like he(Cheney) does to keep “living”.I'm John McBush and I am about to die!

coho-osprey
coho-osprey

At least McCain has a policy. What about Obama? Inflate your tires and your condoms-energy crisis solved. Obama is great if you don't work and are on welfare-otherwise your taxes will be through the roof. Free Healthcare for everyone-who pays for this? the working people-wake up people!

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

Come to think of it didn't Obama support Wiretapping laws not too long ago? I personally don't really support either side but being non-American would make it impossible to officially support either side to begin with. :)

ImFeelinLucky
ImFeelinLucky

Perhaps McCain is best leaving the tech issues to the people who are actually familiar with them and going back to things he knows best. Like bombing Vietnamese villages and schools calling his wife a "trollop" and "cunt" etc. Time for the old goat to go out to pasture.

rhondohslade
rhondohslade

And what about Osama's wife Michelle - the Nazi - who put down her fellow classmates from college because they didn't embrace HER radical views and they wanted a better life which SHE characterized as being essentially "too white" for her liking (this can be verified on Snopes.com). While NOT a card-carrying Repuslivecan and never having voted for one in a Presidential Erection before (I always vote for whom I feel is the best person for any office regardless of party affiliation) I feel compelled to vote for McCain this time around as the least worst candidate unless the Independents can field someone better in my eyes.

gost
gost

LOLDumb old Americans with extremely stupid politicsAlthough i have noticed that Americans vote for personality(candidates family past decision..don't matter because for 1 bad decision there are 10 good ones...) not for the changes that they will bring to this silly old bush era to an end and fix everything.... and i don't see(as an guy who doesn't watch any of those biased propaganda American "news" networks) Mr McCain doing any of that.. he is just following bush's footsteps... this poll with prove how many Americans are retards(75% is my guess).Good luck see u in 8 years.(unless McCain starts a war with canada)

tom
tom

Yup - you're right - Pirates will never take an American merchant - never happen in a million years!



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