CEI Today: CEI sues EPA, copyright bots target videos, and governors seek ethanol waivers

LAWSUIT TO FORCE TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

CEI.org:
CEI Files Groundbreaking Lawsuit against EPA for Hiding Agency Records on Private E-mail Accounts

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute today filed suit in federal district court for the District of Columbia challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to shield a senior official’s practice of hiding public service on private e-mail accounts that only he controls or can access.


The complaint demonstrates the epidemic in the Obama administration of moving controversial actions to non-public e-mail accounts.  By exposing this practice, the suit will pave the way for obtaining all such public records stashed in private corners and thus out of reach of the nation's transparency laws, which clearly prohibit this kind of activity.


> Read more about the case at CEI.org

COPYRIGHT BOTS - WILL TEW

 

Openmarket.org: Copyright Bots Are Here To Stay

 
A string of mistaken, high-profile takedowns has caused some talk about the services video hosting sites like Ustream and YouTube use to police livestreaming content. YouTube’s take-down of the livestream of the NASA Curiosity rover’s landing was the first of these incidents. Subsequently, YouTube blocked the stream of Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC, and Ustream cut off sci-fi author Neil Gaiman’s speech at the Hugo Awards, apparently for showing licensed clips from Doctor Who.

It’s hard to balance efficient copyright enforcement while recognizing and protecting fair use. But as things are now, over-enforcement copyright claims is less expensive than under-enforcement, and automated takedown is here to stay.
> Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org


> Interview Will Tew

 

ETHANOL MANDATE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Ethanol Mandate Waiver: Decks Stacked Against Petitioners


The Governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the mandatory ethanol blending requirements established by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The petitioners hope thereby to lower and stabilize corn prices, which recently hit record highs as the worst drought in 50 years destroyed one-sixth of the U.S. corn crop. Corn is the principal feedstock used in ethanol production. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

NEW BOOK!

THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER

CNSNews.com:
Author: Journalists 'Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists,' E-Mails Show


Liberals claim to support transparency in government - until conservatives start finding shady things through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.


New York Times bestselling author, litigator, and Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner has been filing such FOIAs for years and has turned up Obama's "true plan" for cap-and-trade, a close relationship between an energy official and a Solyndra director - and more. Horner's quest for public information, labeled as "criminal" by one Obama agency head, will be detailed in his upcoming book, "The Liberal War on Transparency." > Read the CNSNews.com article by Julia Seymore



 

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