Sunday, March 24, 2002

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The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Act

Looking beyond the website for a moment, the latest assault on your rights is right around the corner.

The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Act is the next chapter in controlling your rights on a personal and professional level. This is the newest version of the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act" (SSSCA) which was designed to cripple your computer with digital rights management software and hardware.

On March 21st, Senator Hollings officially announced the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA), formerly known as the SSSCA. Not only will this bill further erode your personal use rights, but it will mandate that every electronic media device must be built with goverment- standardized security technology.
Source: Digital Consumer.Org

The Digital Consumer.Org website has more information. There is a fax service for comments..

Also the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary is soliciting comments.

This started with the Sonny Bono Copyright Extention Act, aka, the Mickey Mouse Amendment.
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act continued this trend.

The Internet can bring the a truly democratic forum to enfranchise the people whose only voice in most cases is a vote against in the voting booths, if they even bother to go that far.

Other reading:
Biting the Hand that Beats You
Dan Gillmor: Bleak future looms if you don't take a stand
Anti-Copy Bill Slams Coders
The ball is in your court...

Protecting Creative Works in the Digital Age

The United States Senate's Committee on the Judiciary has a page for user comments.

p i x e l v i e w - behind the screen with independent designers, developers and others.

Bob Frankston
You are here because you have a personal computer.
You have a personal computer because of a program called Visi Calc.
Bob Frankston co-created Visi Calc. He is way beyond that now.

p i x e l v i e w - Bob Frankston
read here - go there

Eldred v. Ashcroft - Eldred Legal Defense Fund

Here is where to send money.

"Eldred Legal Defense Fund"
Lawrence Lessig
Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

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