2006/06/09

Kvatch Kvetches - Go To Jail Free Cards

Sound bites of doom...

Not just double-dipping. Big Content Wants "Infini-dipping"
Section 115 Reform Act of 2006 (SIRA) is the worst bill you've never heard of--a way for Big Content to extract their pound of flesh for every instance of a copyrighted work. You see it changes copyright law to add licensing rights on "incidental copies". Rip an MP3 from a CD you own...pay the toll. Move that MP3 to another computer...pay again. Transfer it to your iPod...yes sir. Pay up! So much for fair use.

All Budgetary Restraint Is Meaningless
The GOP wants to knock another $115M out CPB's budget in order to "rein in government spending". But you know what? I've got a better idea. Let's stay in Iraq just one month less ($10B) and use that money to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the next 20 years!

Go To Jail Free Cards
Did you know that it is a crime to tell a lie to the federal government? Even if your lie is oral and not under oath? Even if you have received no warnings of any kind? Even if you are not trying to cheat the government out of money? Even if the government is not actually misled by your falsehood? Well it is.

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But it's okay for the government to lie their asses off to us
Dammit!!!!! They are going to ruin the internet soon, and we have no power to do anything about it.

Iam starting to become a highly furious little monkey :(
Denisdekat, the odd thing is that none of these bills written by Big Content has passed yet. "Incidental licensing", DMCA revisions, "Customary Historic Use"... all have gone down to defeat. So the problem becomes: At what point do legislators become so tired that they allow something really...really egregious to pass?
Iam starting to become a highly furious little monkey

Monkey? You're a Monkey. I thought you were a cat. Gee I wish I had as much brain power as a primate. :-)

PoP...Hey, if they lie to themselves (delusional, you know) can we get 'em and jail 'em for that?
I have a great deal of faith in the anarchic, piratical crew who will subvert every attempt to control electronic media.
I have sympathy for claims of creative propery, but I have no sympahy for government or corporate attempts to control.
Cartledge, you are of course correct. The only way to control content as SIRA requires is to put in place hardware enforced DRM and that is a notoriously tricky proposition.
that's what I was going to say PoP...sort of...

I mean, shouldn't Bush be in jail then along with all his cronies?

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