>> (PORTFOLIO) Scott And VUDU – Who Did It First?

 

The general claims chart exemplified below is one of many claims charts on multiple intellectual property assets invented by Scott. In addition to other proofs of ‘first-to-invent’ status, signed NDA’s, leaked competitor emails, internal competitor documents, federal file wrappers, news videos, whistle-blower testimony, court records and voluminous other evidence exists to support the veracity of the assertions over IP rights.

So let’s take a look at Scott’s patent Vs. VUDU. These are not ALL of the points that show that Scott was first, just a few of the ponts:

Scott’s IP

VUDU Inc.’s Protocol

A content distribution system, the system comprising:

General Summary of VUDU, Inc.’s Satisfaction of Claim Element: VUDU is a modified peer-to-peer distribution system for media delivery, including movies and television shows, to set-top boxes.

VUDU has arrived. The revolutionary VUDU box and service deliver instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows directly through the television, without requiring a computer or cable/satellite TV service.”

http://www.vudu.com/aboutus_background.html (7/1/09)

How does VUDU work?

VUDU uses patent-pending technology developed over the past several years to deliver movies instantly over the Internet directly to your TV. VUDU employs a unique peer-based distributed network model that enables robust and efficient delivery of movies to each home. This model has allowed VUDU to offer HDX movies – the highest-quality on-demand video available – at the same price as instant HD. In addition, VUDU pre-positions content across the network and caches previews and metadata on each box to create a seamless and instant viewing experience.”

http://supports.vudu.com/questions/85/How+does+VUDU+work%3F+ (7/1/09)

Does VUDU Use Peer-to-peer Distribution?

Yes, VUDU distributes content in part using an encrypted and efficient peer-based network. This network enables VUDU to provide its users with high performance and reliability regardless of demand. When you watch a movie, the movies is downloaded from a number of different places including other VUDU boxes and VUDU’s servers as required. You may also notice that your VUDU box sometimes uses your Internet connection when you are not actively watching a movie. Each VUDU box on the Internet contributes small amounts of data from time to time to help others enjoy the VUDU service. It is important to note that VUDU’s peer-based network is not in any way related to or based on BitTorrent. It is used only for the secure distribution of VUDU movies, TV shows and related content.”

http://supports.vudu.com/questions/219/Does+VUDU+Use+Peer-to-peer+Distribution%3F (7/1/09)

a control server configured to manage distribution of content to a plurality of content distribution nodes in a network;

General Summary of VUDU, Inc.’s Satisfaction of Claim Element: VUDU uses a control server to manage distribution of content. As a commercial provider of content, VUDU must control and monitor what is distributed to client set-top boxes. VUDU used predictive technology to pre-load set-top boxes with content and manages the distribution of content within the system.

Instead of all downloads coming from one central server, VUDU units use a BitTorrent style P2P network so that other VUDU boxes that already have the content will send parts of the file to the requesting unit. This will greatly reduce download times, just as BitTorrent does. Additionally, VUDU will use a predictive system, in a way similar to TiVo Suggestions. Based on predictions of which content is most likely to be rented, VUDU will download the start of the video file in advance. This allows the user to start playback immediately, while the unit continues to download the rest of the file in the background. That’s pretty clever.”

http://blogs.computerworld.com/node/5444 (7/1/09) (emphasis added)

Illegal distribution is the main reason many large and small film studios will not sell their movies as digital downloads. Vudu, however, has been exceptionally good at gaining major film studio support precisely, because Vudu’s streamed movies will never pass through a computer to get to your TV. Vudu’s movies will be distributed using P2P technology similar to such purveyors of illegal files as Bit Torrent and the original Napster, yet will only consist of legally licensed content. Vudu has made deals with seven major film studios (Sony is an exception), many more indies and international distributors. What’s special about how these movies will be transmitted to your TV screen is the way which Vudu turns a P2P download into an instant play movie. Vudu will gather data form a network of users like a normal P2P application, yet it will also store the beginnings of its catalog on its own servers. When a user chooses to watch a movie, it’s beginning will be streamed immediately from Vudu servers while its middle and end are downloaded in the background from the rest of the network and played when appropriate. This hybrid approach makes it feasible to stream a vast index of HD content on demand with the ability to scale at low costs for Vudu and consumers. To ease the process even more Vudu streams content in MPEG-4 format which is then converted to HD.”

http://www.crunchbase.com/company/vudu (7/1/09) (emphasis added)

But to get those movies playing quickly, the Vudu engineers struck upon another notion: using a slice of the digital real estate on each Vudu box to store the beginning portions of each film. They also delved into the science of predictions. When the company determines that a movie is more likely to be rented or purchased — early in its release, for example — it will plant lengthier pieces of that film on unused portions of Vudu boxes in customer homes.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/business/yourmoney/29vudu.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1 (7/1/09) (emphasis added)

Techniques for sharing data among a plurality of networked devices, also referred to network nodes, are discussed. To best use an available uploading bandwidth of a device sharing data with a receiving device, a portion of the data is uploaded within the available uploading bandwidth, and another portion of the data is uploaded from another device locally caching the same data. To satisfy the minimum transmission rate of the data to the receiving device, both portions of the data are concurrently uploaded from the two devices to the receiving device. In reference to a predetermined minimum uploading bandwidth and the available uploading bandwidth, the two portions of data are interleaved and must be reassembled to recover the data for consumption in the receiving device. A size of the first portion of the data is determined by a server in view of the available uploading bandwidth a designated supplying box has.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, Abstract (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)(emphasis added)

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, Figure 1 (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)(emphasis added)

[0030] FIG. 1 shows an exemplary configuration 100 of a distributed network system 100, in which the present invention may be practiced. It will be appreciated that the entire network may comprise a number of such network systems 100, for example, one for each box of a particular type, size, content, and etc.

 

 

[0031] A server 102, presumably managed and/or populated by a service provider, is configured to handle the delivery of video (or multimedia) services to users via local machines or boxes 106-1, 106-2, … 106-n. Different from a prior art video delivery system that delivers video data to a subscriber upon receiving a request therefrom, the server 102 is not responsible for delivering the content in response to a request from a user, and instead is configured to provide source information as to where and how to retrieve at least some of the content from other client machines, also referred to as boxes.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, ¶¶ 30-31 (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)(emphasis added)

1. A method for providing media-on-demand services, the method comprising:

preparing media data pertaining to a title into a sequence of data blocks, each of the data blocks including a chunk of data;

fragmenting the media data into K segments, each of the K segments including data blocks interleaved from the media data, thus the data blocks in each of the K segments are non-consecutive;

distributing the K segments into boxes in service, and causing an i-th segment of the K segments to be cached in at least a first box and a second box;

measuring an available uploading bandwidth of the first and second boxes when receiving an order for the title from an ordering box;

designating the first and second boxes to supply collectively the i-th segment to the ordering box, wherein the first device is configured to supply a first portion of the i-th segment not exceeding the available uploading bandwidth of the first device.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, Claim 1 (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)(emphasis added)

a first content distribution node from the plurality of content distribution nodes, the first content distribution node having access to at least a portion of content for distribution, wherein the content has been broken into one or more segments of content, the segments each composed of one or more data packets;

General Summary of VUDU, Inc.’s Satisfaction of Claim Element: The VUDU distribution system is comprised of multiple set-top boxes in a peer-to-peer distribution system. Each set-top box contains segments of media content for distribution. In some instances, initial content may be distributed directly from VUDU via its servers.

Why Does VUDU Send and Receive Data When I’m Not Using It?

In order to permit the instant viewing of SD and HD movies, VUDU distributes small portions of the beginning of most titles to your VUDU box. When you press ‘play’, VUDU is able to start playing the beginning of the movie while it begins downloading the rest of the movie. Additionally, VUDU regularly releases new content which requires downloading the new database and cover art. The peer-based network that VUDU uses to distribute movies also may require your VUDU box to contribute to others’ enjoyment of the service. The use of upload bandwidth is limited to 350kbps or less depending on bandwidth tests and is shared among all VUDU boxes on the Internet.”

http://supports.vudu.com/questions/220/Why+Does+VUDU+Send+and+Receive+Data+When+I

%92m+Not+Using+It%3F (7/1/09)

Does VUDU Use Peer-to-peer Distribution?

Yes, VUDU distributes content in part using an encrypted and efficient peer-based network. This network enables VUDU to provide its users with high performance and reliability regardless of demand. When you watch a movie, the movies is downloaded from a number of different places including other VUDU boxes and VUDU’s servers as required. You may also notice that your VUDU box sometimes uses your Internet connection when you are not actively watching a movie. Each VUDU box on the Internet contributes small amounts of data from time to time to help others enjoy the VUDU service. It is important to note that VUDU’s peer-based network is not in any way related to or based on BitTorrent. It is used only for the secure distribution of VUDU movies, TV shows and related content.”

http://supports.vudu.com/questions/219/Does+VUDU+Use+Peer-to-peer+Distribution%3F (7/1/09)

The whole Vudu architecture works so well because of the boxes all sharing content with one another.”

http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=1884&page=2 (NA9D, Senior Member Post on 12/13/2007 at 5:42 AM)

2/18/09 – HERE IS AN ANSWER I GOT BACK FROM CUSTOMER SUPPORT REGARDING BANDWIDTH: All of our content is distributed out to each VUDU box. When a VUDU box is set to 4mbps, it is connected to 16 peers that need information off of your box and can use up to 300kbps of your upload stream.”

http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=11606 (AndyMan, Junior Member Post on 2/17/2009 at 8:12 AM)

1. A method for providing media-on-demand services, the method comprising:

preparing media data pertaining to a title into a sequence of data blocks, each of the data blocks including a chunk of data;

fragmenting the media data into K segments, each of the K segments including data blocks interleaved from the media data, thus the data blocks in each of the K segments are non-consecutive;

distributing the K segments into boxes in service, and causing an i-th segment of the K segments to be cached in at least a first box and a second box;

measuring an available uploading bandwidth of the first and second boxes when receiving an order for the title from an ordering box;

designating the first and second boxes to supply collectively the i-th segment to the ordering box, wherein the first device is configured to supply a first portion of the i-th segment not exceeding the available uploading bandwidth of the first device.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, Claim 1 (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)

If I set the bandwidth limit to 1mbs, I have noticeable degradation in network performance. I have posted the router logs for my Vudu. The destination IP’s are all across the country and the amount of packets (not the size) sent is alarming. Vudu is a very chatty application. I would like to know more about how I am updating content on up to 16 Vudu boxes owned by other vudu users. I sent more details of the my home setup to Customer support about an hour, ago.”

http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=11606 (AndyMan, Junior Member Post on 2/18/2009 at 9:10 AM)

Techniques for sharing data among a plurality of networked devices, also referred to network nodes, are discussed. To best use an available uploading bandwidth of a device sharing data with a receiving device, a portion of the data is uploaded within the available uploading bandwidth, and another portion of the data is uploaded from another device locally caching the same data. To satisfy the minimum transmission rate of the data to the receiving device, both portions of the data are concurrently uploaded from the two devices to the receiving device. In reference to a predetermined minimum uploading bandwidth and the available uploading bandwidth, the two portions of data are interleaved and must be reassembled to recover the data for consumption in the receiving device. A size of the first portion of the data is determined by a server in view of the available uploading bandwidth a designated supplying box has.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, Abstract (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)

[0035] According to one embodiment of the present invention, only one or more tail segments of a file are locally cached in a box. In some case, the locally cached may also include a beginning portion (referred to as a “header”) for instant access. Such locally cached segments are referred to as residing objects or segments, while segments not residing locally are referred to as distributed objects or segments. If a beginning portion is locally cached, when a title is selected, the locally cached beginning portion or the header of the corresponding file is instantly played back. During the time the header is being played, the distributed segments corresponding to the title are retrieved simultaneously from other designated boxes. When the header is finished, the received parts of the distributed segments being streamed in from other boxes is combined with the residing segments for the title, if any, to enable the continuous playback of the title.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, ¶ 35 (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.) (emphasis added)

a second content distribution node from the plurality of content distribution nodes, the second content distribution node having access to at least a portion of content for distribution, wherein the content has been broken into one or more segments of content, the segments each composed of one or more data packets;

General Summary of VUDU, Inc.’s Satisfaction of Claim Element: The VUDU distribution system is comprised of multiple set-top boxes in a peer-to-peer distribution system. Each set-top box contains segments of media content for distribution.

Why Does VUDU Send and Receive Data When I’m Not Using It?

In order to permit the instant viewing of SD and HD movies, VUDU distributes small portions of the beginning of most titles to your VUDU box. When you press ‘play’, VUDU is able to start playing the beginning of the movie while it begins downloading the rest of the movie. Additionally, VUDU regularly releases new content which requires downloading the new database and cover art. The peer-based network that VUDU uses to distribute movies also may require your VUDU box to contribute to others’ enjoyment of the service. The use of upload bandwidth is limited to 350kbps or less depending on bandwidth tests and is shared among all VUDU boxes on the Internet.”

http://supports.vudu.com/questions/220/Why+Does+VUDU+Send+and+Receive+Data+When+I

%92m+Not+Using+It%3F (7/1/09)

Does VUDU Use Peer-to-peer Distribution?

Yes, VUDU distributes content in part using an encrypted and efficient peer-based network. This network enables VUDU to provide its users with high performance and reliability regardless of demand. When you watch a movie, the movies is downloaded from a number of different places including other VUDU boxes and VUDU’s servers as required. You may also notice that your VUDU box sometimes uses your Internet connection when you are not actively watching a movie. Each VUDU box on the Internet contributes small amounts of data from time to time to help others enjoy the VUDU service. It is important to note that VUDU’s peer-based network is not in any way related to or based on BitTorrent. It is used only for the secure distribution of VUDU movies, TV shows and related content.”

http://supports.vudu.com/questions/219/Does+VUDU+Use+Peer-to-peer+Distribution%3F (7/1/09)

The whole Vudu architecture works so well because of the boxes all sharing content with one another.”

http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=1884&page=2 (NA9D, Senior Member Post on 12/13/2007 at 5:42 AM)

2/18/09 – HERE IS AN ANSWER I GOT BACK FROM CUSTOMER SUPPORT REGARDING BANDWIDTH: All of our content is distributed out to each VUDU box. When a VUDU box is set to 4mbps, it is connected to 16 peers that need information off of your box and can use up to 300kbps of your upload stream.”

http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=11606 (AndyMan, Junior Member Post on 2/17/2009 at 8:12 AM)

1. A method for providing media-on-demand services, the method comprising:

preparing media data pertaining to a title into a sequence of data blocks, each of the data blocks including a chunk of data;

fragmenting the media data into K segments, each of the K segments including data blocks interleaved from the media data, thus the data blocks in each of the K segments are non-consecutive;

distributing the K segments into boxes in service, and causing an i-th segment of the K segments to be cached in at least a first box and a second box;

measuring an available uploading bandwidth of the first and second boxes when receiving an order for the title from an ordering box;

designating the first and second boxes to supply collectively the i-th segment to the ordering box, wherein the first device is configured to supply a first portion of the i-th segment not exceeding the available uploading bandwidth of the first device.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, Claim 1 (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)

If I set the bandwidth limit to 1mbs, I have noticeable degradation in network performance. I have posted the router logs for my Vudu. The destination IP’s are all across the country and the amount of packets (not the size) sent is alarming. Vudu is a very chatty application. I would like to know more about how I am updating content on up to 16 Vudu boxes owned by other vudu users. I sent more details of the my home setup to Customer support about an hour, ago.”

http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=11606 (AndyMan, Junior Member Post on 2/18/2009 at 9:10 AM)

Techniques for sharing data among a plurality of networked devices, also referred to network nodes, are discussed. To best use an available uploading bandwidth of a device sharing data with a receiving device, a portion of the data is uploaded within the available uploading bandwidth, and another portion of the data is uploaded from another device locally caching the same data. To satisfy the minimum transmission rate of the data to the receiving device, both portions of the data are concurrently uploaded from the two devices to the receiving device. In reference to a predetermined minimum uploading bandwidth and the available uploading bandwidth, the two portions of data are interleaved and must be reassembled to recover the data for consumption in the receiving device. A size of the first portion of the data is determined by a server in view of the available uploading bandwidth a designated supplying box has.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, Abstract (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)

[0035] According to one embodiment of the present invention, only one or more tail segments of a file are locally cached in a box. In some case, the locally cached may also include a beginning portion (referred to as a “header”) for instant access. Such locally cached segments are referred to as residing objects or segments, while segments not residing locally are referred to as distributed objects or segments. If a beginning portion is locally cached, when a title is selected, the locally cached beginning portion or the header of the corresponding file is instantly played back. During the time the header is being played, the distributed segments corresponding to the title are retrieved simultaneously from other designated boxes. When the header is finished, the received parts of the distributed segments being streamed in from other boxes is combined with the residing segments for the title, if any, to enable the continuous playback of the title.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, ¶ 35 (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.) (emphasis added)

an end-user client device communicatively coupled to the plurality of content distribution nodes by the network, wherein the client device receives a first portion of the entirety of the content for distribution from the first content distribution node and a second portion of the entirety of the content for distribution from the second content distribution node.

General Summary of VUDU, Inc.’s Satisfaction of Claim Element: The VUDU distribution system is comprised of multiple set-top boxes in a peer-to-peer distribution system. Each set-top box contains segments of media content for distribution. The end-user client set-top box receives content from other set-top boxes in the peer-to-peer distribution system. In some instances, the end-user client set-top box may have received initial content directly from VUDU via its servers.

Does VUDU Use Peer-to-peer Distribution?

Yes, VUDU distributes content in part using an encrypted and efficient peer-based network. This network enables VUDU to provide its users with high performance and reliability regardless of demand. When you watch a movie, the movies is downloaded from a number of different places including other VUDU boxes and VUDU’s servers as required. You may also notice that your VUDU box sometimes uses your Internet connection when you are not actively watching a movie. Each VUDU box on the Internet contributes small amounts of data from time to time to help others enjoy the VUDU service. It is important to note that VUDU’s peer-based network is not in any way related to or based on BitTorrent. It is used only for the secure distribution of VUDU movies, TV shows and related content.”

http://supports.vudu.com/questions/219/Does+VUDU+Use+Peer-to-peer+Distribution%3F (7/1/09)

2/18/09 – HERE IS AN ANSWER I GOT BACK FROM CUSTOMER SUPPORT REGARDING BANDWIDTH: All of our content is distributed out to each VUDU box. When a VUDU box is set to 4mbps, it is connected to 16 peers that need information off of your box and can use up to 300kbps of your upload stream.”

http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=11606 (AndyMan, Junior Member Post on 2/17/2009 at 8:12 AM)

Why Does VUDU Send and Receive Data When I’m Not Using It?

In order to permit the instant viewing of SD and HD movies, VUDU distributes small portions of the beginning of most titles to your VUDU box. When you press ‘play’, VUDU is able to start playing the beginning of the movie while it begins downloading the rest of the movie. Additionally, VUDU regularly releases new content which requires downloading the new database and cover art. The peer-based network that VUDU uses to distribute movies also may require your VUDU box to contribute to others’ enjoyment of the service. The use of upload bandwidth is limited to 350kbps or less depending on bandwidth tests and is shared among all VUDU boxes on the Internet.”

http://supports.vudu.com/questions/220/Why+Does+VUDU+Send+and+Receive+Data+When+I

%92m+Not+Using+It%3F (7/1/09)

The whole Vudu architecture works so well because of the boxes all sharing content with one another.”

http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=1884&page=2 (NA9D, Senior Member Post on 12/13/2007 at 5:42 AM)

Techniques for sharing data among a plurality of networked devices, also referred to network nodes, are discussed. To best use an available uploading bandwidth of a device sharing data with a receiving device, a portion of the data is uploaded within the available uploading bandwidth, and another portion of the data is uploaded from another device locally caching the same data. To satisfy the minimum transmission rate of the data to the receiving device, both portions of the data are concurrently uploaded from the two devices to the receiving device. In reference to a predetermined minimum uploading bandwidth and the available uploading bandwidth, the two portions of data are interleaved and must be reassembled to recover the data for consumption in the receiving device. A size of the first portion of the data is determined by a server in view of the available uploading bandwidth a designated supplying box has.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, Abstract (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.)

[0035] According to one embodiment of the present invention, only one or more tail segments of a file are locally cached in a box. In some case, the locally cached may also include a beginning portion (referred to as a “header”) for instant access. Such locally cached segments are referred to as residing objects or segments, while segments not residing locally are referred to as distributed objects or segments. If a beginning portion is locally cached, when a title is selected, the locally cached beginning portion or the header of the corresponding file is instantly played back. During the time the header is being played, the distributed segments corresponding to the title are retrieved simultaneously from other designated boxes. When the header is finished, the received parts of the distributed segments being streamed in from other boxes is combined with the residing segments for the title, if any, to enable the continuous playback of the title.”

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/930,147, ¶ 35 (filed Oct. 31, 2007 and assigned to Vudu, Inc.) (emphasis added)

These are the steps that the The Public must demand in order to strengthen public integrity by eliminating corrupt financial conflicts in Congress. These “Big Tech Gorilla” abusers steal technology because they can steal technology. They buy politicians, lobbyists and shill reporters to help them get away with it.

Congress must be ordered, by the voters, to eliminate both the appearance and the potential for financial conflicts of interest. Americans must be confident that actions taken by public officials are intended to serve the public, and not those officials. These actions counter-act the corrupt actions taken by tech oligarchs officials in illicit coordination with U.S. Senators.

Small business has experienced all of the damages from each of the abuse-of-power issues listed below. Your public officials are being paid BRIBES through their family stock market holdings. We asked every office of Congress what the worst of the problems are and this is what they told us, below.

CUT THEM OFF – Demand that Congress make it a felony for any politician, judge or regulator to own stocks, or to let their family own stocks. If they want to get rich, they can go into another line of work.

If the public can get these laws made, it will end 90% of American corruption. Politicians won’t allow these laws to be made because it will cut off their corruption. Thus: You have to force the politicians to make these laws and leverage them with investigations and recall elections.

These are the actions needed to resolve this corruption:

  • Ban individual stock ownership by Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, senior congressional staff, federal judges, White House staff and other senior agency officials while in office. Prohibit all government officials from holding or trading stock where its value might be influenced by their agency, department, or actions.
  • Apply conflict of interest laws to the President and Vice President through the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, which would require the President and the Vice President to place conflicted assets, including businesses, into a blind trust to be sold off
  • Require senior Department of Energy government officials, employees, contractors and White House staff to divest from privately-owned assets that could present conflicts, including large companies like Tesla, Google, Facebook, Sony, Netflix, etc., and commercial real estate.
  • Make it a felony to not respond to a filing by a citizen within 48 hours. Former White House and Energy Department staff use ‘stone-walling’ to intentionally delay responses for a decade, or more.
  • Apply ethics rules to all government employees, including unpaid White House staff and advisors.
  • Require most executive branch employees to recuse from all issues that might financially benefit themselves or a previous employer or client from the preceding 4 years.
  • Create conflict-free investment opportunities for federal officials with new investment accounts managed by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and conflict-free mutual funds.
  • Close and lock the Revolving Door between industry and government and stop tech companies from buying influence in the government or profiting off of the public service of any official.
  • Lifetime ban on lobbying by Presidents, Vice Presidents, Members of Congress, federal judges, and Cabinet Secretaries; and, multi-year bans on all other federal employees from lobbying their former office, department, House of Congress, or agency after they leave government service until the end of the Administration, but at least for 2 years ( and at least 6 years for corporate lobbyists).
  • Limit the ability of companies to buy influence through former government officials.
  • Require income disclosures from former senior officials 4 years after federal employment.
  • Prohibit companies from immediately hiring or paying any senior government official from an agency, department, or Congressional office recently lobbied by that company.
  • Prohibit the world’s largest companies, banks, and monopolies (measured by annual revenue or market capitalization) from hiring or paying any former senior government official for 4 years after they leave government service.
  • Limit the ability of companies to buy influence through current government employees.
  • Prohibit current lobbyists from taking government jobs for 2 years after lobbying; 6 years for corporate lobbyists. Public, written waivers where such hiring is in the national interest are allowed for non-corporate lobbyists only.
  • Prohibit corporate outlaws like Google, Tesla, Facebook, Linkedin, Netflix, Sony, etc., from working in government by banning the hiring of top corporate leaders whose companies were caught breaking federal law in the last 6 years.
  • Prohibit contractor corruption by blocking federal contractor and licensee employees from working at the agency awarding the contract or license for 4 years.
  • Ban “Golden Parachutes” that provide corporate bonuses to executives for federal service.
  • Publicly expose all influence-peddling in Washington.
  • Strengthen and expand the federal definition of a “lobbyist” to include all individuals paid to influence government.
  • Create a new “corporate lobbyist” definition to identify individuals paid to influence government on behalf of for- profit entities and their front-groups.
  • Radically expand disclosure of lobbyist activities and influence campaigns by requiring all lobbyists to disclose any specific bills, policies, and government actions they attempt to influence; any meetings with public officials; and any documents they provide to those officials.
  • End Influence-Peddling by Foreign Actors such as that which occurred in the ENER1, Severstal, Solyndra and related scandals.
  • Fire the Fed officials that own, trade and pump stocks using the Fed itself for profiteering.
  • The most senior officials in the U.S. Government are the worshipers of Elon Musk, investor’s in Elon Musk’s companies and suppliers, deciders of the financing for Elon Musk, suppliers of staffing to Elon Musk, recipients of political campaign financing by Elon Musk and Musk’s covert Google And Facebook partnership, social friends of Elon Musk and the attackers of Elon Musk’s competitors. Make this a felony.
  • Combat foreign influence in Washington by banning all foreign lobbying.
  • End foreign lobbying by Americans by banning American lobbyists from accepting money from foreign governments, foreign individuals, and foreign  companies to influence United States public policy.
  • Prohibit current lobbyists from taking government jobs for 2 years after lobbying; 6 years for corporate lobbyists. Public, written waivers where such hiring is in the national interest are allowed for non-corporate lobbyists only.
  • End Legalized Lobbyist Bribery and stop lobbyists from trading money for government favors.
  • Ban direct political donations from lobbyists to candidates or Members of Congress.
  • End lobbyist contingency fees that allow lobbyists to be paid for a guaranteed policy outcome.
  • End lobbyist gifts to the executive and legislative branch officials they lobby.
  • Strengthen Congressional independence from lobbyists and end Washington’s dependence on
    lobbyists for “expertise” and information.
  • Make congressional service sustainable by transitioning Congressional staff to competitive salaries that track other federal employees.
  • Reinstate the nonpartisan Congressional Office of Technology Assessment to provide critical scientific and technological support to Members of Congress.
  • Level the playing field between corporate lobbyists and government by taxing excessive lobbying beginning at $500,000 in annual lobbying expenditures, and use the proceeds to help finance Congressional mandated rule-making, fund the National Public Advocate, and finance Congressional support agencies.
  • De-politicize the rulemaking process and increase transparency of industry efforts to influence federal agencies.
  • Require individuals and corporations to disclose funding or editorial conflicts of interest in research submitted to agencies that is not publicly available in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Prevent McKinsey-type sham research from undermining the public interest by requiring that studies that present conflicts of interest to undergo independent peer review to be considered in the rule-making process.
  • Require agencies to justify withdrawn public interest rules via public, written explanations.
  • Close loopholes exploited by powerful corporations like Google, Facebook, Tesla, Netflix, Sony, etc., to block public interest actions.
  • Eliminate loopholes that allow corporations, like Tesla and Google, to tilt the rules in their favor and against the public interest.
  • Restrict negotiated rule-making to stop industry from delaying or dominating the rule-making process by ending the practice of inviting industry to negotiate rules they have to follow.
  • Restrict inter-agency review as a tool for corporate abuse by  banning informal review, establishing a maximum 45-day review period, and blocking closed -door industry lobbying at the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Limit abusive injunctions from rogue judges, like Jackson, et al, by ensuring that only Appeals Courts, not individual District Court judges , can temporarily block agencies from implementing final rules.
  • Prevent hostile agencies from sham delays of implementation and enforcement by using the presence of litigation to postpone  the implementation of final rules.
  • Empower the public to police agencies for corporate capture.
  • Increase the ability of the public to make sure their interests are considered when agencies act.
  • Create a new Office of the Public Advocate  empowered to assist the public in meaningfully engaging in the rule-making process across the federal government.
  • Encourage enforcement by allowing private lawsuits from members of the public to hold agencies accountable for failing to complete rules or enforce the law, and to hold corporations accountable for breaking the rules.
  • Inoculate government agencies against corporate capture such as Google undertook against the White House.
  • Provide agencies with the tools and resources to implement strong rules that reflect the will of Congress and protect the public.
  • Boost agency resources to level the playing field between corporate lobbyists and federal agencies by using the proceeds of the tax on excessive lobbying and the anti-corruption penalty fees to help finance Congress-mandated rule-making and facilitate decisions by agencies that are buried in an avalanche of lobbyist activity.
  • Reform judicial review to prevent corporations from gaming the courts by requiring courts to presumptively defer to agency interpretations of laws and prohibiting courts from considering sham McKinsey studies and research excluded by agencies from the rule-making process.
  • Reverse the Congressional Review Act provision banning related rules that prevent agencies from implementing the will of Congress based on Congress’ prior disapproval of a different, narrow rule on a similar topic.
  • Improve judicial integrity and defend access to justice for all Americans.
  • Strengthen Judicial Ethics Requirements.
  • Enhance the integrity of the judicial branch by strengthening rules that prevent conflicts of interest.
  • Ban individual stock ownership by federal judges.
  • Expand rules prohibiting judges from accepting gifts or payments to attend private seminars from private individuals and corporations.
  • Require ethical behavior by the Supreme Court by directing the Court to follow the Code of Conduct that binds all other federal judges.
  • Boost the transparency of Federal Courts.
  • Enhance public insight into the judicial process by increasing information about the process and reducing barriers to accessing information.
  • Increase disclosure of non-judicial activity by federal judges by requiring the Judicial Conference to publicly post judges’ financial reports, recusal decisions, and speeches.
  • Enhance public access to court activity by mandating that federal appellate courts live-stream, on the web, audio of their proceedings, making case information easily-accessible to the public free of charge, and requiring federal courts to share case assignment data in bulk.
  • Eliminate barriers that restrict access to justice to all but the wealthiest individuals and companies.
  • Reduce barriers that prevent individuals from having their case heard in court by restoring pleading standards that make it easier for individuals and businesses that have been harmed to make their case before a judge.
  • Encourage diversity on the Federal Bench.
  • Strengthen the integrity of the judicial branch by increasing the focus on personal and professional diversity of the federal bench.
  • Create a single, new, and independent agency dedicated to enforcing federal ethics and anti-corruption laws.
  • Support stronger ethics and public integrity laws with stronger enforcement.
  • Establish the new, independent U.S. Office of Public Integrity, which will strengthen federal ethics enforcement with new investigative and disciplinary powers.
  • Investigate potential violations by any individual or entity, including individuals and companies with new subpoena authority.
  • Enforce the nation’s ethics laws by ordering corrective action, levying civil and administrative penalties, and referring egregious violations to the Justice Department for criminal arrest and enforcement.
  • Receive and investigate ethics complaints from members of the public.
  • Absorb the U.S. Office of Government Ethics as a new Government Ethics Division tasked with providing confidential advice to federal employees seeking ethics guidance.
  • Consolidate anti-corruption and public integrity oversight over federal officials, including oversight of all agency Inspectors General, all ethics matters for White House staff and agency heads, and all waivers and recusals by senior government officials.
  • Remain independent and protected from partisan politics through a single Director operating under strict selection, appointment, and removal criteria.
  • Provide easy online access to key government ethics and transparency documents, including financial disclosures; lobbyist registrations; lobbyist disclosures of meetings and materials; and all ethics records, recusals, and waivers.
  • Maintain a new government-wide Office of the Public Advocate, which would advocate for the public interest in executive branch rule-making.
  • Enforce federal open records and FOIA requirements by maintaining the central FOIA website and working with the National Archives to require agencies to comply with FOIA.
  • Strengthen legislative branch enforcement.
  • Expand an independent and empowered ethics office insulated from congressional politics.
  • Expand and empower the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics, which will enforce the nation’s ethics laws in the Congress  and the entire Legislative Branch, including the U.S. Senate.
  • Conduct investigations of potential violations of ethics laws and rules by Members of Congress and staff with new subpoena power.
  • Refer criminal and civil violations to the Justice Department, the Office of Public Integrity, or other relevant state or federal law enforcement.
  • Recommend disciplinary and corrective action to the House and Senate Ethics Committees.
  • Boost transparency in government and fix Federal Open Records laws, public official and candidate tax disclosure.
  • Disclose basic tax return information for candidates for federal elected office and current elected officials.
  • Require the IRS to release tax returns for Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates from the previous 8 years and during each year in federal elected office.
  • Require the IRS to release t ax returns for Congressional candidates from the previous 2 years and during each year in federal elected office.
  • Require the IRS to release tax returns and other financial information of businesses owned by senior federal officials and candidates for federal office.
  • Require the IRS to release tax filings for nonprofit organizations run by candidates for federal office.
  • Disclose the Cash behind Washington Advocacy and Lobbying.
  • Prevent special interests from using secret donations from corporations and billionaires to influence public policy  without disclosure.
  • Require nonprofit organizations to list donors who bankrolled the production of any specific rule-making comment, congressional testimony, or lobbying material, and to reveal whether the donors reviewed or edited the document.
  • Require individuals and corporations to disclose funding or editorial conflicts of interest in research submitted to agencies that is not publicly available in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Prevent sham research, like that from DNC shill McKinsey Consulting, from undermining the public interest by requiring that studies that present conflicts of interest to independent peer review to be considered in the rule-making process.
  • Improve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Close the loopholes in our open records laws that allow federal officials to hide tech industry and Silicon Valley oligarch industry influence.
  • Codify the default presumption of disclosure and affirmatively disclose records of public interest, including meeting agendas; government contracts; salaries; staff diversity; and reports to Congress.
  • Require all agencies to use a central FOIA website that is searchable and has downloadable open records databases with  all open FOIA requests and all records disclosed through FOIA.
  • Strengthen FOIA enforcement by limiting FOIA exemptions and loopholes, and by giving the National Archives the authority to overrule agency FOIA decisions and to compel disclosure.
  • Extend FOIA to private-sector federal contractors, including private federal prisons and immigration detention centers, and require large federal contractors to disclose political spending.
  • Make Congress more transparent by ending the corporate lobbyists leg up in the legislative process. The public deserves to know what Congress is up to and how lobbyists influence legislation.
  • Require all congressional committees to immediately post online more information, including hearings and markup schedules, bill or amendments text, testimonies, documents entered into the hearing record, hearing transcripts, written witness answers, and hearing audio and video recordings.
  • Require Members of Congress to post a link to their searchable voting record on their official websites.
  • Require lobbyists to disclose when they lobby a specific congressional office; specific topics of visit; the official action being requested; and all documents provided to the office during the visit.

Do these seem like common-sense rules that should have already been in place? They are!

These anti-corruption rules have been blocked by your own public officials because they work for themselves and not you!

News And Reports:

Report: Over 131 Federal Judges Broke The Law by Hearing Cases Where They Had A Financial Interest

https://www.businessinsider.com/congress-stock-act-violations-senate-house-trading-2021-9

71 Members of Congress Caught Violating Law on Stock Trades

congressional stock report lobbying federal government 4×3 … $200 is the standard amount — or waived by House or Senate ethics officials.

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/why-members-of-congress-should-not-trade-stocks

Why Members of Congress Should Not Trade Stocks – Bloomberg Law

Insider trading is a felony, but it is also difficult to prove. In 2012 Congress passed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK …

https://www.closeup.org/should-members-of-congress-be-banned-from-trading-stocks/

Should Members of Congress Be Banned from Trading Stocks?

They’re also the ones in charge of creating federal policy. The STOCK Act prohibits members of Congress from buying or selling stock on the …

https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/04/members-of-congress-increasingly-receptive-to-stock-trading-ban/

Members of Congress increasingly receptive to stock trading ban

Members of Congress may soon be barred from trading stocks while in office as bipartisan support for a stock trading ban continues to grow.

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2022/01/21/lawmakers-stock-trading-ban-legislation-hawley-ossoff-pelosi

Lawmakers can trade stocks, but many push for change – NY1

The bill itself does not ban members of Congress from trading stocks, but requires certain government officials – like lawmakers, the president …

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/18/opinion/congress-stock-trading-ban.html

Members of Congress Should Not be Trading Stocks, Ever

It has been a decade since Congress last made a significant effort at policing itself in this area. The Stock Act of 2012, among other measures, …

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2022/01/congress-stock-trading-ban/621402/

The Bill That Congress Might Be Embarrassed Enough to Pass

Yet the supporters of a ban on lawmaker stock trading still have a ways to go. Public support for a bill can mask broader private opposition, …

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/09/congress-moves-towards-banning-members-from-trading-stocks.html

Congress moves to ban stock trading by members as Pelosi … – CNBC

After months of resistance, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has greenlighted a plan to ban members of Congress fromtrading stock, CNBC confirmed …

 

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