Sunday, July 13, 2003
Slashdot picks up Dean-Lessig story http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/07/12/1725210&mode=thread&tid=103&tid=99
It is essential that Dean make a serious play for the Slashdot demographic. The singular advantage is that people who read Slashdot tend to have very diverse political positions regarding liberalism/conservatism - but on certain issues (especially patent law, copyrights, and fair use), they are almost single-issue.
With Dean's guest blogging for Lessig, he has the advantage of credibility. Lessig's tacit endorsement is significant. However, Dean has not yet made any issue statements about these topics. In that respect, he is already falling behind Kucinich, who is probably best-positioned to compete for the hearts and minds of the Slashdot bloc. Kucinich has already published a piece in the Nation this week, "The Case for Public Patents". Dean needs to clartifyu his own positions on these issues, especially with respect to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act.
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