CEI Today: Judiciary hearing on regulation, copyright concerns in technology, and climate change as a national security problem?
REGULATION NATION? - WAYNE CREWS
Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing: “Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration's Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic Recovery.”
Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author CEI’s annual Ten Thousand Commandments report on the hidden costs of regulations, commended the committee for addressing the nation’s regulatory woes.
"Big regulation is bipartisan. Bush brought us a massive homeland security bureaucracy, the Sarbanes-Oxley law, increased Medicare rules and more. Both presidents’ final rules on small business are comparable and substantial."
TECHNOLOGY & COPYRIGHTS - RYAN RADIA
Imagine a service that livestreams major broadcast television channels over the Internet for $4.99 a month — no cable or satellite subscription required. For an extra 99 cents a month, the service offers DVR functionality, making it possible to record, rewind, and pause live broadcast television on any broadband-equipped PC.
If this service sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. But for a time, it was the business model of ivi. Cheaper than a cable/satellite/fiber subscription and more reliable than an over-the-air antenna, ivi earned positive reviews when it launched in September 2010.
Soon thereafter, however, a group of broadcast networks, affiliates, and content owners sued ivi in federal court for copyright infringement.
If there’s one exclusive right that copyright laws should secure for content creators, it’s the right to sell complete copies of newly-produced creative works made for the purpose of private commercial gain.
If ivi doesn’t violate this right, I don’t know what does.
CLIMATE CHANGE & NATIONAL SECURITY - MARLO LEWIS
Since 2010, notes Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author of Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror, the Department of Defense has classified climate change as a conflict accelerant — a factor exacerbating tensions within and between nations. Well, sure, what else is Team Obama at DOD going to say in an era of tight budgets when no rival superpower endangers our survival? The concept of an ever-deepening, civilization-imperilling climate crisis is an ideal mission-creep accelerant.