Remember yesterday's post about how the Obama administration had refused to release the details of a secret copyright treaty because doing so would compromise "national security?" Well, it turns out that there are plenty of people who are cleared to be privy to this "sensitive" document -- strangely, they all seem to work for giant copyright companies!
Of course, they're allowed to know what's in the treaty -- but the public, activist groups, consumer rights groups, and the artists whom this treaty is supposed to protect are all forbidden from knowing what it says.
What an embarrassment for an administration that holds itself out as an end to the corrupt, business-as-usual beltway fandango.
Chairman , Mr. Eric H. Smith
International Intellectual Property Alliance
Mr. Jacques J. Gorlin
The Gorlin Group
Sandra M. Aistars, Esq.
Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property
Time Warner Inc.
Kira M. Alvarez, Esq.
Director, International Government Affairs
Eli Lilly and Company
Mark Chandler, Esq.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ms. Erin L. Ennis
The U.S.-China Business Council
Francis (Frank) Z. Hellwig, Esq.
Senior Associate, General Counsel
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
J. Anthony Imler, Ph.D.
Director, Public Policy, Latin America
Merck & Co., Inc.
Ms. Mary A. Irace
Vice President, Trade and Export Finance
National Foreign Trade Council, Inc.
Jeffrey P. Kushan, Esq.
Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood LLP
Representing Biotechnology Industry Organization
Stevan D. Mitchell, Esq.
Vice President, Intellectual Property Policy
Entertainment Software Association
Douglas T. Nelson, Esq.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Timothy P. Trainer, Esq.
Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, P.C.
Representing the Thomas G. Faria Corporation
Neil I. Turkewitz, Esq.
Executive Vice President
Recording Industry Association of America
Ms. Susan C. Tuttle
Governement Programs Executive
Mr. Herbert C. Wamsley
Intellectual Property Owners Association
Ms. Anissa S. Whitten
Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
Ms. Deborah E. Wiley
Senior Vice President
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Association of American Publishers, Inc.
Shirley Zebroski, Ph.D
Director, Legislative Affairs
General Motors Corporation