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DMCA As Censorship: Citibank Doesn't Want You To Remember What It Said About Obama's Bank Reform Policy

We've been discussing quite a bit lately how copyright law is often used not as a tool to provide incentive to create, but as a tool for censorship. Here's the latest example. John Bennett points us to the news that Citigroup filed a DMCA takedown request with Wordpress.com  over the site LBO-news' 18-month old post that presented a copy a Citigroup analysis of Obama's (then new) bank reform plan, which noted that it was actually quite bank-friendly. The key quote in the report: "the US government is following a relatively bank-friendly, investor-friendly approach."

Of course, these days, Wall Street is looking for more favors, and has been complaining about the regulations that the administration put on them as being too onerous. So, firms like Citigroup aren't too happy about anyone remembering the fact that it new the regulations weren't at all onerous, but were extremely friendly to banks and Wall Street. So it issued the DMCA takedown on the report. Of course, as economist Brad DeLong has noted, this is clearly not about copyright issues. It's not a case where the infringement is harming the "market" for that report. The only reason to file a DMCA is to try to hide the report:

    Today--nineteen months after this document was written--it is of historical interest only: none of Citigroup's paying clients would pay a cent for the information contained in it, for nobody could in any way profitably trade today on Citigroup's February 2009 analysis of the policies of the Geithner Treasury....

   Whatever you think about the DMCA, it should not be used to prune the historical record of primary sources about how various economic policies were perceived at the time.

DeLong is now hosting the document himself (pdf), so if anyone wants to see what Citigroup would prefer you don't see, check it out (oh, whoops... or is that contributory infringement?).
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Re: DMCA As Censorship: Citibank Doesn't Want You To Remember What It Said..
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 11:21:15 am »
So DMCA has nothing to do with actual copyright law, it is actually a tool to erase history.





"He who controls the present,
controls the past.
He who controls the past,
controls the future."



"People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 1



"If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3



"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'"
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3



"Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3



"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?... Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?... The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5
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Re: DMCA as a historical erasure: Citibank Doesn't Want You To Remember
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2010, 11:45:57 am »
From Brave New World (1932) Chapter 3:

http://www.huxley.net/bnw/three.html

"What I'm going to tell you now," he said, "may sound incredible. But then, when you're not accustomed to history, most facts about the past do sound incredible."

[...]

"You all remember," said the Controller, in his strong deep voice, "you all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk. History," he repeated slowly, "is bunk."

He waved his hand; and it was as though, with an invisible feather wisk, he had brushed away a little dust, and the dust was Harappa, was Ur of the Chaldees; some spider-webs, and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae. Whisk. Whisk–and where was Odysseus, where was Job, where were Jupiter and Gotama and Jesus? Whisk–and those specks of antique dirt called Athens and Rome, Jerusalem and the Middle Kingdom–all were gone. Whisk–the place where Italy had been was empty. Whisk, the cathedrals; whisk, whisk, King Lear and the Thoughts of Pascal. Whisk, Passion; whisk, Requiem; whisk, Symphony; whisk …

[...]

"That's why you're taught no history," the Controller was saying.

[...]

"Accompanied by a campaign against the Past; by the closing of museums, the blowing up of historical monuments (luckily most of them had already been destroyed during the Nine Years' War); by the suppression of all books published before A.F. 15O.''

[...]

"There were some things called the pyramids, for example. And a man called Shakespeare. You've never heard of them of course. Such are the advantages of a really scientific education. The introduction of Our Ford's first T-Model … Chosen as the opening date of the new era. There was a thing, as I've said before, called Christianity. The ethics and philosophy of under-consumption … So essential when there was under-production; but in an age of machines and the fixation of nitrogen–positively a crime against society. All crosses had their tops cut and became T's. There was also a thing called God. We have the World State now. And Ford's Day celebrations, and Community Sings, and Solidarity Services. There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol. There was a thing called the soul and a thing called immortality. But they used to take morphia and cocaine. Two thousand pharmacologists and bio-chemists were subsidized in A.P. 178. Six years later it was being produced commercially. The perfect drug. Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinant. All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects."
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Re: DMCA As Censorship: Citibank Doesn't Want You To Remember What It Said..
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2010, 11:58:25 pm »
So DMCA has nothing to do with actual copyright law, it is actually a tool to erase history.


Yeah, it's about control anyway they spin it.
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