Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is still sneaking around in the shadows abusing the anti-democratic secret hold to stop the CASE Act from passing the U.S. Senate, the copyright small claims bill. And get this–the CASE Act is bipartisan legislation that has been in the works for years and years and has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and his own Senate Judiciary Committee!
But Senator Wyden is abusing a little known procedural trick to stop the bill from coming to a vote in the Senate so it can bring relief to independent creators in a vast number of copyright fields like photographers, authors, illustrators, songwriters and recording artists. And it’s not like his constituents want him to oppose it, they want him to pass it!
Oregon Professional Photographers Association Billboards
Little Ronnie doesn’t like the nasty billboards. Do you think he thinks he can stomp his little foot and tell Senator Kennedy, Senator Durban and all his other colleagues to bark at the moon? Who does this guy think he is? Do you think he thinks he can get the billboards down if he holds his breath long enough? Did he ever consider that maybe we’re just getting started bringing heat to his butt?
He’s clearly in the pocket of Big Tech and has been for a very long time. This is a man who holds up every copyright bill that comes through the Congress and he does it the same way every time.
But this time he’s beginning to think he might actually get unelected because he underestimated the number of independent creators who are going after his job.
Say it like a mantra and share it with your friends–Oregon Man Bad!
In case you were scratching your head about why Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse decided to stick his beak into trying to continue discrimination against recording artists who had the misfortune to record before 1972–here’s a possible explanation. Maybe he was just getting his beak wet?
Remember, Senator Sasse introduced an amendment to the Music Modernization Act in the dead of night the day before the markup of MMA in the Senate Judiciary Committee. While Senator Ron Wyden–another data center beneficiary of Amazon, Facebook and Google–was at least trying to dress up his complicity in a Chanel suit and Louboutin shoes. Senator Sasse went the more direct route:
Now why might Senator Sasse be so interested, particularly given Nebraska’s musical history? It turns out that there is quite the competition between Nebraska and Iowa for Silicon Valley’s data center business, particularly given the renewable energy profile of each state (wind is 37% of Iowa’s electricity production and about 20% of Nebraska (including hydro). That checks the box for Silicon Valley.
Of course, as we see from Senator Sasse’s tone deaf foray into copyright lobbying, Silicon Valley thinks they can play the rubes in return for building data centers in their state, just like they did with Senator Ron Wyden and the people of Oregon. What does stiffing pre-72 artists have to do with data centers? Nothing. What does it have to do with playing footsie with royalty deadbeats like Google and Facebook?
And rumor has it that there is a deal in the wings for a new Google data center in Nebraska. Which also explains a lot.
But somehow, Facebook knows that its Silicon Valleyness may not be that popular with the rubes.
According to the Data Center Dynamics site, Facebook has been going to great lengths to hide its involvement in massive data centers being built in Nebraska, which gives “Cornhusker Kickback” (or Facebook Fakeout) a whole new meaning:
Operating under the alias Raven Northbrook, Facebook has its eyes on Nebraska, DCD can exclusively reveal.
Late last year, local council officials granted approval for a large data center project in Sarpy County, Nebraska, but the company behind the huge facility was kept a secret.
Now, DCD can confirm that the corporation hoping to build four 610,000 square foot (56,670 sq m) data center halls at the Sarpy Power Park is Facebook.
You can run servers, but you cannot hide them
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State
Sarpy County documents reveal that the company, which is publicly represented by infrastructure engineering and design solutions company Olsson Associates, goes by the name Raven Northbrook.
So maybe the Sasse sledgehammer amendment to discriminate against pre-72 artists is easily explained–just another swamp dweller swamping up the cash.
Read the post on Data Center Dynamics