Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill

From Wired: Another crooked favor for the content industry is about to be rammed through.

Several lobbying camps from different industries and ideologies are joining forces to fight an overhaul of copyright law [...] which Congress might try to push through during a lame-duck session that begins this week.

The bill lumps together several pending copyright bills [...] which would criminally punish a person who "infringes a copyright by ... offering for distribution to the public by electronic means, with reckless disregard of the risk of further infringement."

The bill would also permit people to use technology to skip objectionable content -- like a gory or sexually explicit scene -- in films, a right that consumers already have. However, under the proposed law, skipping any commercials or promotional announcements would be prohibited.

As the friend who forwarded this to me put it, Why does congress hate America so much?

A coalition of tech lobbiests, the EFF, and everyone reasonable will (presumably) be fighting this, but they need your help. You can easily contact your congresswomen.


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