Will Hillary Clinton be any better on this and other issues such as the DMCA’s provisions getting in the way of fair use? A Variety headline reads: Hillary Clinton’s Big Hollywood Donors Help Raise $46 Million Plus. Hmm. Doesn’t look too promising. As a lifelong progressive, I’d vote for Hillary Clinton in a flash over the current GOP alternatives, but on copyright issues dear to e-book lovers, I’ll keep my expectations very low.
On the Republican side? Donald Trump is a real estate guy who very likely sees books and other content as just as perpetually ownable as land and buildings. But who knows? Copyright issues would be one way for him to shake up the Republican establishment, though I’d hardly count on it in this respect.
My own hunch is that the best candidate for e-book lovers would be Bernie Sanders, a populist who relies less on plutocratic campaign donors than do fellow Democrats.
I’m not surprised to see Sanders emerge as a favorite among many progressive techies. It isn’t just copyright alone. Sanders would at least try to improve income and wealth distribution, which would put more money in consumers’ pockets to buy e-books and related devices.
But wait! Yes, none other than Lawrence Lessig is running for president, and we know how he stands on the intertwined issues of copyright and campaign finance. Still, a Lessig victory is about as likely as my becoming leader of International Paper or the MPAA.
In a civil way, why not share your own hunches about e-books, copyright and the current crop of presidential contenders? And if any TeleRead community members want to volunteer to query the various presidential campaigns on the specifics, so we go beyond speculation—well, catch up with me. I’ll help whip the list of questions into shape, perhaps with assistance from a copyright attorney.
Needless to say, I’d love to see Hillary surprise us.