The old Register of Copyrights snuck a $25M fake line-item into the budget


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/05/just-a-placeholder.html


#2

Drop in the bucket. I hear they’re stocking up on battleships because they were decisive in WWI.


#3

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#4

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#5

$25 million? Isn’t that four weekends of golf for the Duffer in Chief?


#6

Cory,
You’ve summarized the first sentence of this article in a weird way.
It is the copyright office that blew money on a computer system:

incompetence and waste at the Copyright Office. They had officially asked for $1.9 million on a technology modernization program, then spent $11.6 million on it without telling anyone about the ever-growing money pit,

So saying that “the Library” blew the money when it’s the head of the Copyright Office, a sub part of the Library, that’s the subject of the article seems to miss the mark.


#7

it was just in case another government agency stuck the same line in their budgets then the register would be able to prove a copyright violation.


#8

Good idea! I’m going to put the same line in last year’s taxes and then claim copyright violation and sue!


#9

“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” ~ Everett Dirksen [apocryphal (and probably apocalyptic, but strangely not apoplectic)]


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see right here https://www.wsj.com/articles/theranos-founder-elizabeth-holmes-owes-about-25-million-to-blood-testing-startup-1491435009 it turns out Theranos also ripped of the register of copyrights. This was in fact a brilliant scheme to get rid of the need for a budget at all! (must have foreseen Trump)


#11

Hit it on the head. Thanks!


#12

Oh, you sweet summer child. That’s the Library’s black budget. How do you think they pay for wet work? Mini-subs? Covert exfiltration under fire?

What I’m saying is, don’t mess with librarians.


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