(Just) Before we departed from Wednesday night’s Diversity class, Dr. Ebo asked us to do some research to answer the questions below on Lilly Ledbetter,
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and to define the key ideas in the case. He suggested that this would begin to help us find good resources with which to research current events, and so I have.
Who is Lilly Ledbetter? Lilly Ledbetter was a GoodYear worker who sued the company for sexual discrimination when she discovered that she was not being paid equally compared to her male counterparts in the same positions. She won the case initially, and then it was overturned because she brought the case after she was no longer with the company and outside of the statute of limitations of 180 days.
What is the case about? It’s about equal pay for equal work and concerns this society’s differential vision of gender and worth.
What does the law signed by President Obama provide? It provides a heap of changes to existing laws, most notably the civil rights act, but very specifically, it says that while discriminatory paychecks continue at the company as a practice, the statute of limitations is extended for people like Ledbetter.
This is an interesting story considering the copyright issues that are being brought into the spotlight by bottom-up creators and convergence in general. I’m an avid supporter of creative commons licensed media, and so I don’t really see the threat of this affecting me directly as a content producer, but I can certainly see those who want to abuse or abuse copyrighted material being potentially upset by this. In the middle, though, there are the people who want to simply make a copy of a DVD they bought as a backup, which many of these legal representatives might have a big problem with, and that does concern me. Moreover, freeing media is definitely something I’m for as a consumer.
DSLReports notes that Obama’s own ethics rules would prohibit these appointees from directly working on copyright issues, as they previously represented the entertainment industry in these cases, but it is somewhat disconcerting that the Obama administration would pick so many industry insiders for these positions. We would have hoped that the administration had chosen a set of appointees with a more progressive attitude towards copyright.
via Obama’s Latest Pick for DOJ is RIAA Lawyer Who Killed Grokster and Sued Jammie Thomas – ReadWriteWeb.