Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

Senator Ernest Hollings introduced a digital-copyright protection bill a month ago and since then thousands of protest letters, faxes and emails have reached congress.

The bill, backed and possibly edited by such media giants as The Walt Disney Co., is seen by many high-tech firms as a threat to technological advances and a danger on privacy since it does go as far as to dictate how consumers should listen to music or watch videos at home.

Although the threat of digital piracy is a very real one most believe that the bill, introduced by the South Carolina Democrat, poses more of a threat to privacy than a solution to piracy. Senator Hollings claims that the bill will encourage media and technology firms to work together to stop digital piracy. For the time being however, it seems to have created an even bigger rift between them.

At a hearing for Hollings' Commerce and Science Committee last month, Disney Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner claimed that technology firms like Intel Corp. profit from digital piracy, and are not interested in resolving the problem.
Holling's side claim that technology firms have offered little help while the bill was drafted. "They seem satisfied to try to attack it in the press rather than trying to make it work," said Hollings spokesman Andy Davis.

The whole debate has caused widespread protests from well-connected lobbyists and average citizens alike. A web site has been created to organize the protests and to help the average voice to be heard. DigitalConsumer.org offers the latest information on the progress of the bill as well as an online Letter to Washington feature.
The group has requested a law that would clearly specify what is meant by "fair use" rights, such as the right to record TV shows for later viewing, or transfer a CD to a portable MP3 player.
"Until you have a positive assertion of what consumers' rights are, that debate is left in the hands of media companies' lawyers," said Krauss, head of DigitalConsumer.org.

But that is not all that the bill has to face before it is passed, Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, head of the Judiciary Committee which deals with copyright issues, is also opposed. Without Leahy's and the Judiciary committee's support it will be extremely difficult for Holling's bill to actually pass.

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Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

What they all fail to realize is that technology is evolving faster than they can possibly imagine. They have tried the same idea on everything from tape recorders to cdrw but in the end it doesnt work cause once they ban it then something else makes the old media obsolete. Whats worse to them is the fact that digital music is getting better and better but they cant make a profit from its evolution. Some day soon even mp3s could be obsolete. I pity these misguided fools. If they are looking for a way to fight piracy then they should go after blackmarket sales of games and music but sadly they cant cause its held in other countries. tisk tisk tisk what a pity.

Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

I strongly disagree with this. It really isn't going to stop piracy it is just trying to get people to stop BURNing MP3s and getting getting bootleg Full length videos. I say if it is possible to do why not just go with it. Both industries are rich as it is, they just want to always make that extra million dollars.

Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

Every time they try to bring out copy protection, some of the greatest minds in the world crack it for nothing,(those people rule by the way) they don't get payed, they get little, if any public praise. Why?Cos freedom rules and the Phat Industry Sux dik. Pumping out all these bullcrap girl and boy bands, ripping off those stupid little 13/14 year olds.All hail real musicians!!!The N4pster started it all, and its people like him that'll keep it going. So he got crunched in the courts, big deal. There was soon other fileshare programs out, KazaA, Morpheus, all them dumb Gnuttela ones.It'll never die as long as we have democracy.munk3h, England.(Cats rule) :D

Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

These idiots. They are just limiting the potential of all software. With user-sharing, we are actually progressing. With this bill, you will dash this baby while in infancy. And how can they enforce this? By destroying our privacy. This bill was not created for consumers, but for big businesses such as Walt Disney (aka The Devil) and Microsoft (aka The Lord of Everything Evil).

Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

I am getting sick of these old bastards trying to destroy something that isn't as bad as they think. Having the freedom to share and do what we want with our stuff is great. We own the shit, so why the f**k not do what we want with it? What really would piss me off if they introduced something to destroy privacy, like this bill has the potential to do. f**k THAT!

Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

They'll never win just ask Bin the Bastard. Back us in a corner and we'll f***k you with our warez dildo. Sick and tired of Mom and Dad telling me what to do. Broke the activation code for winxp in 45 min and will break Microhard and Walt Dizzy in two minutes. Whisky drinking red blood vessled nosed constipated old grey basket weaving...we are the youth going wild if you get my point up your A..

Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

If consumers have the willpower or motivation to stop buying media from companies that impose these restrictions then media creators such as musicians and film makers will be forced to choose other distribution.Let's say down the road Disney makes it illegal to show your DVD in your own home to others unless you pay additional licensing (almost that way now), then people will simply stop buying disney DVDs or break the law.My point is that we our only affected by it if we choose to participate by buying those products which have those restrictions.If you don't like it then make your own movies and music!

Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

How often you askedand then so we soughtjust about anythingThat cud be begged borrowed or boughtYou see we are SeekerZThats what we dodont feel bad cuz we're more Seeker than youWe can find anythingMaybe even find two!Things that you wantedin your wildest dreamsBig Brother cant stop uswith all of his schemesRobin Hoodz of the new agechanging the balance of powerLite up the net and theirs becomes oursWe just make more friendsteaching all the whilemaking more SeekerZwho can find any phile.

Digital-Copyright Bill Causes Public Uproar

I bought a computer for My own personal use.I don't try to send viruses to other people's computers or harm anyone.SO i download mp3s and and various vid formats,I choose to do that.I have alot of music And if they want to get rid of piracy.Here's a simple solution.Shut down the internet.Oh but they won't do that and they can't do it.If they did it would hurt every BIG MONEY company and hurt the government as well.The net wasn't made for people like the politicians but for the average person.Just because it does them no good means it is no good.That is a opinion and how a opinion matters in a court case is beyond me.Basically it is beyond all laws as well.So they pass a new bill.I know very little but even if they shut down every file sharing program there is, i would do my damnest to create a new one myself.The internet will not become the dull lifeless controlled piece of garbage that they are trying to make it.Otherwise it doesn't serve the very purpose that it was made.

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