“The policy message from the juxtaposition of these two hearings is clear. While copyright is important, it is not the only means of incentivizing the creation and distribution of works.”
“Carney condemned the Amash Amendment as a “blunt approach” that “is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process.” That was pretty funny, since Obama has been doing everything in his power to prevent ordinary Americans from learning enough about the government’s surveillance programs to decide for themselves whether they want to exchange their privacy for his promise of safety.”
I rarely say this as a one-liner but:
“The longstanding question of whether or not phone metadata collected by NSA includes geolocation data has been answered. “We are not collecting that data,” Inglis said, “under this program.”
This is the last sentence (of the update) but it’s all worth reading. Especially the original ending:
Asked by committee chairman Bob Goodlatte if the government really thought the massive collection of phone records could be kept from the American people, Litt replied, “Well, um, we tried.” The audience chuckled.
“Ashdown has refused four such requests in as many years. Not to protect child predators, he says, but to protect the Constitution. And what’s really telling is that the attorney general’s office has never taken him to court over the refusals. NPR’s Martin Kaste has an idea why—namely, that prosecutors are pretty sure they’ll lose.”
It looks like this case is exceptional as the subpoenas don’t go through any courts at all (and what’s up with that?!) so it different that rubber-stamped court subpoenas elsewhere.