[linux-elitists] Fwd: Re: [fairuse-discuss] The SSSCA has been introduced into the US Senate [ruben@mrbrklyn.com]

Ruben I Safir ruben@mrbrklyn.com
Thu Mar 21 22:30:29 PST 2002


Call his office in DC
1-202-226-7248

On 2002.03.22 00:23 Ruben I Safir wrote:

If we can't get Weiner to take a stand on this this week, we need to look at
unseating him.  I think we can unseat him on this issue.

Ruben

On 2002.03.22 00:06 Seth Johnson wrote:
> 
> 
> (Forwarded from DMCA Discussion list,
> dmca_discuss@lists.microshaft.org)
> 
> -------- Original Message --------
> Date: 21 Mar 2002 20:43:26 -0500
> From: Ron Gage <ron@rongage.org>
> 
> 
> Greetings:
> 
> A very nasty piece of legislation has been introduced into
> the United States Senate.  Formerly known as the Systems
> Security Standard Certification Act (SSSCA), the Consumer
> Broadband and Digital Televison Promotion Act has been
> introduced by Senator Fritz Hollings (D-South Carolina) with
> co-sponsor support from Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Daniel
> Inouye (D-Hawaii), John Breaux (D-Louisana), Bill Nelson
> (D-Florida) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California).
> 
> The title of this bill may seem reasonable, but let me
> assure you that this legislation is very dangerous to each
> and every one of us.  This legislation, among other things,
> will require that any electronic device capable of
> reproducing, displaying, retrieving or accessing any kind of
> copyrighted work contain federally mandated copy prevention
> and control technology.
> 
> This mandate will apply to every new piece of electronics
> manufactured after the date that this bill passes.  This
> bill will essentially inhibit the functionality of MP3 audio
> players, camcorders, audio CD recorders, audio tape
> recorders, video tape recorders, and any other device
> capable of accessing any form of media.  Even devices like
> radios and computers will be seriously affected.  Remember
> the keywords again: ANY device capable of reproducing,
> displaying, retrieving or accessing any kind of copyrighted
> work.  In our modern world, that include just about anything
> with either a battery or a power cord.
> 
> How exactly is this bill dangerous?  As a simple example,
> consider your camcorder.  Now, you can take tapes you
> produce with your camcorder and play them back on just about
> any media compatible playback device (VCR).  This practice
> will effectively cease with this legislation.  Consider how
> an "approved" media playback device will work after this
> legislation is passed.  The player will look to see if
> "copyright authorization" data exists in the playback data. 
> If the data is there and is valid, then playback is
> enabled.  No valid "authorization" data, no playback.  This
> means that media (videotapes) you have today will not be
> playable on "tomorrows" playback devices (VCRs).
> 
> This is but one of hundreds of examples of how this piece of
> legislation will harm just about every citizen in the entire
> United States.  The only people not harmed by this
> legislation is the producers of "copyrighted content" - The
> Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the
> Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  
> 
> I urge all people reading these words to contact their
> elected federal representatives (Senators and Congressmen)
> and voice your concerns regarding this very dangerous piece
> of legislation.  Thanks to the events of September 11,
> writing a letter to your representatives in Washington is
> effectively useless as it's highly unlikely to reach them. 
> Email is likewise completely useless as the representatives
> refuse to even look at it.  To effectively communicate with
> your representatives, you must either meet with them in
> person, call their office, or fax them.
> 
> Please, I beg of you to consider the gravity of this
> situation.  Please do not delay.  Contact your
> representatives today and let them know in no uncertain
> terms where you stand with regards to this legislation.  We,
> the people, can make a difference, but we, the people, have
> to make an effort.  All of us have to make the effort - we
> can not afford to "let someone else" make the effort for
> us.  We all need to be proactive on this very important
> issue.
> 
> Thank you for your time and attention on this very important
> matter.
> 
> -- 
> Ron Gage - Owner, Linux Network Services 
> Reliable, Affordable, Secure Networking Solutions 
> (989) 274-8088    Saginaw, Michigan
> 
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New Yorkers for Fair Use -
because it's either fair use or useless....
-- 
__________________________

Brooklyn Linux Solutions
__________________________
"I will NEVER grow up!" --P Pan
http://www.mrbrklyn.com - Consulting
http://www.brooklynonline.com - For the love of Brooklyn
http://www.nylxs.com - Leadership Development in Free Software
http://www.nyfairuse.org - The foundation of Democracy
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/resources - Unpublished Archive or stories and articles from around the net
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/mp3/dr.mp3 - Imagine my surprise when I saw you...
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/downtown.html - See the New Downtown Brooklyn....

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