Dems appoints RIAA's man in Congress to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

One of the RIAA's best friends in congress, Jerry Nadler, has been appointed to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet by Obama Congressional Democrats. The history of this committee is nothing short of grotesque: every time it looks like a copyright moderate/friend of the Internet might get appointed to it, it is declared redundant and shut down. Then, once the danger has passed and there's another loony, Internet-hating, censorship-happy copyright maximialist in place to fill a vacant seat, the committee once again becomes relevant and is resurrected.

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  1. Please correct the headline! In the US, the president has nothing to do with House committee membership. Separation of powers and all that. You are thinking of a parliamentary system.

  2. I was just thinking I was through with voting until I saw your comment.

    Still might be.

  3. Yeah, I came here to say that. The interesting thing is that the linked article doesn't mention Obama at all, even in passing: this weird misconception about how the Legislative branch works is all Cory's invention.

    ... oh, also: it's the House subcommittee. Being the ranking Democrat on a House subcommittee is effectively meaningless in these days of complete Republican unanimity and the Hastert Rule. Even if he's as bad as everyone fears, Nadler won'tbe making any decisions on the committee for at least three years (unless the Democrats take the House in November, which precisely no-one is predicting will happen).

    PS: Cory's story about how every time it looks like the subcommittee might do some good it is dissolved, and resurrected later with a more malign membership? That story refers to something pretty disgusting that did happen ... one time. So, whence "every time"?

  4. Lots of errors lately.

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