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48 Hours to stop the broadcast flag.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Keganator, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. Keganator

    Keganator White as Snow Moderator

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    I can't say it any better than this article, so I will just post it here.

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20050621-5017.html

    Here's a link to that EFF article.

    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/003720.php

    Basically, if the subcommitte approves it to be tacked onto the bill, it's going to be golden. No senator would vote against an apropriations bill. If you live in the United States, and you want to be allowed fair use in the future for recording TV or ... damn near anything else, the EFF has a form up that you can use to e-mail your senator, at the following link.

    The Link to a form to send e-mail to oppose the broadcast flag:
    https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?page=UserAction&cmd=display&id=145

    I hate seing shit like this happen. I hate it so much. Something that will dramatically affect every person in the country, yet our representitives try to pass it right under our noses. If you live in the US, and your senator is on this committee, I beg you to fill out the form and send it in. It's worth the 5 minutes it takes to send it in.
     
  2. JaFO

    JaFO bugs are features too ...

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    Forget it Keganator. No one gives a *beep*.
    Just look at the regional coding for dvd's ...
    Or that DMCA-thingy that got passed ...
    Or the copy-protection used for non-cd's and software ...
    Or the activation required to use XP

    It's a lost cause as most people are too dumb to care or already know alternatives (such as downloading tv-series).
     
  3. Freon

    Freon Braaaaiinss...

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    I don't really see them problem, I assume most recording programs will ignore this flag, no?
     
  4. cracwhore

    cracwhore I'm a video game review site...

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    That's because you hate freedom.

    *sent*
     
  5. Keganator

    Keganator White as Snow Moderator

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    You assume incorrectly. If this law is passed, EVERY piece of equipment MUST follow the flag. This is a huge problem.
     
  6. Harrm

    Harrm I am watching porns.

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    My Senator is Joseph Lieberman. I'm pretty sure he not only screens his calls and mail for this crap from me, but has dedicated a 20-acre plot of desecrated earth to send all of my complaints.

    --Harrm
     
  7. Cap'n Beeb

    Cap'n Beeb Banned

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    I'm so very, very sorry for you. Representatives written.
     
  8. Arethusa

    Arethusa We will not walk in fear.

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    I'm in Harrm's boat, unfortunately.
     
  9. unixman

    unixman [pthread] The Clan of One

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    I think the largest danger is to free (as in freedom) software. Any software that is written to record or playback broadcast video would now have to comply with this law, and by its very nature, you can't lock people out of a free and open system. That is unless you have the government persecute people for owning such said systems. Ultimately, this is an attack on freedom.
     
  10. JaFO

    JaFO bugs are features too ...

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    There's only two problems :
    - recording programs will be forced to use the flag or risc being declared 'illegal'

    - likewise for hardware-based recorders

    Just look at all the previous anti-consumer features : regio-coding (region-free dvd-players are practically illegal) & macrovision (it's in every vcr).

    One can only hope such broadcast-flags remain restricted to the USA, but I doubt we'll be that lucky.
    The best thing to do is buy all the recording-equipment you can afford while the law isn't official ...

    // ---
    It looks like there's a little bit of hope :
    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/003730.php#003730

    btw : it's worth noting that 'standard' e-mails are quite easy to ignore by politicians as they'll look like spam instead ...
     
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  11. Freon

    Freon Braaaaiinss...

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    Do you really think people care about using illegal software? :p
     
  12. Arethusa

    Arethusa We will not walk in fear.

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    I think software developers are nice, centralized targets that aren't going to risk being raided and thrown in jail for 20 years at the request of the MPAA.
     
  13. Keganator

    Keganator White as Snow Moderator

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  14. Harrm

    Harrm I am watching porns.

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    I love you Keg. Thanks for linky.

    --Harrm
     
  15. JaFO

    JaFO bugs are features too ...

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    users most likely won't, but real developers will care if it costs them any profit.
    Recently a developer of a dvd-copy program quit as he didn't want to fight the industry any more ...

    Sure, there'll be someone to replace him (wasting an enormous amount of resources as they start from scratch again). In the mean time the average consumer gets shafted (again)
     

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