Copyright treaty is classified for 'national security'

Last September, the Bush administration defended the unusual secrecy over an anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated by the U.S. government, which some liberal groups worry could criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing that infringes copyrights.

Now President Obama's White House has tightened the cloak of government secrecy still further, saying in a letter this week that a discussion draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and related materials are "classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Obama is getting ready to do something he knows Americans will not like, and my guess is that it will be to rescind the fair use doctrine in an effort to shut down the blogs.

The problem is that too many blogs are generating their own original content and such a move will only force more original writing and actually accelerate the decline of the corporate media, who actually derive a great deal of their current readership from links embedded in online commentary.

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