Re: Copyright and fair use
- From: "ricok987" <ricok987@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 07:00:51 -0400
Yes but, Corporations bought, and own congress. To get what you want you
need to do this: Start up a not for profit membership organization of
digital media consumers. Try to get as many members as humanly possible and
set a high, but affordable annual dues amount. With a big chunk of the dues
revenue-hire a very successful PAC in Washington DC to represent your
membership. After 5 or more years of constant lobbying both the senate, and
congress you will get some say in how digital rights laws are ammended.
BTW-the entertainment industry is already doing this, and whenever you buy a
cd, dvd, or pay your satellite, or cable bill a portion of your payment
maybe just a cent or two goes to washington dc.
"Steve" <teu@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message
(Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal)---Most honest people wouldn't
consider it piracy to buy a CD, copy it to a computer and email one of
the song files to a friend. But the record industry, backed by the
laws it essentially wrote, does.
Most honest people wouldn't think that uploading to YouTube a
two-minute TV clip, which they paid their cable company to receive, is
piracy. But Viacom, backed by the laws its industry essentially wrote,
is demanding that Google remove all such clips.
What consumers need is real clarity on the whole issue of what is or
isn't permissible use of the digital content they have legally
obtained. And that can come only from Congress. Congress is the real
villain here, for having failed to pass a modern copyright law that
protects average consumers, not just big content companies.
We need a new digital copyright law that would draw a line between
modest sharing of a few songs or video clips and the real piracy of
mass distribution. We need a new law that would define fair use for
the digital era and lay out clearly the rights of consumers who pay
for digital content, as well as the rights and responsibilities of
If you don't like all of the restrictions on the use of digital
content, the solution isn't to steal the stuff. A better course is to
pressure Congress to pass a new copyright law, one that protects the
little guy and the Internet itself.
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