RIAA & MPAA attempt to strike again

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  1. spy1

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    https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?alertId=225&pg=makeACall&JServSessionIdr006=eqrvej0u01.app13b

    The entertainment industry has sneaked language into an obscure copyright bill that could smash Internet fair use. The law implies that licenses from copyright holders are needed for every digital copy made in the transmission of digital media -- including cached copies on servers or on your hard drive, and even temporary copies in RAM. The wording is headed for a key vote in the House Judiciary committee in the next two weeks. Don't let the music industry turn your cache into their cash. Check below to see if your representative is on the right committee, and call them now!

    Background - http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004721.php

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    This one's a no-brainer, folks - it's horrible legislation whose only possible beneficiary(s) are the bloodsuckers at the RIAA and MPAA.

    Check and see if your Rep's on the committee - if so, please take the time to call them. TIA. Pete
     
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    Hi Pete,

    Why should the average Joe pick up the phone instead of a can of beer?
    How will this impact their life?
    If this law passes and Joe wants to download that cool new mp3 tune, what will happen?
     
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    Well Devinco, the average Joe might feel like it's an imposition on him/her, personally (whether they're a file-sharer or not) to have the federal government's law-enforcement agencies jumping every time the R.I.AA cracks the whip (we will be the ones' footing the bill for both the enforcement itself - through taxes - and perhaps even through a higher price paid for Internet service (since the ISP's are the ones who're going to have to keep track of it all - while the RIAA reaps all the cash).

    Peripherally, passage would just add more fuel to the "data retention" debate (after all, we wouldn't want the RIAA to only be able to search through the last 90 days worth of stuff, would we? Nah - two years worth, at least!). You really have to watch when non-related legislation plays directly into the hands of what the government wants anyway.

    Finally, badly-written/over-broad, special-interest-driven legislation should - by itself - be enough to get the average Joe up in arms, regardless of of its' content.

    Reaching for a beer (to the best of my knowledge) never solved a problem of any sort (although I'm quite sure it's created quite a few). Pete
     
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    (putting beer down)
    Thanks for letting us know Pete.
    The problem is the average Joe will never learn about this and will continue in his mass media ignorance.

    I like the way the EFF has a simple setup for people who want to take action to protect their rights. Very easy.
     
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    You're quite welcome.
     
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