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September 30, 2004
BSA Steps Back Into the Ring
...on the Induce Act, and comes out on the right side:
Throughout the ongoing battle over Senator Hatch's controversial Induce Act, the dividing lines have been clear: the RIAA on one side, and the technology and telecommunications industries on the other, with one puzzling exception -- the Business Software Alliance. The BSA did appear at Senator Hatch's initial hearing on the Act, but other than that has been surprisingly quiet in the debate over subsequent drafts of the bill and the effort to defend the Betamax doctrine.
Last night, all of that changed. In a strongly-worded letter [PDF 65k], BSA (along with CSPP and the ITIC) told Senators Hatch and Leahy in no uncertain terms what's wrong with Induce and what any bill that expands copyright liability would need to pass muster.
Phew. Better late than never. But next time, make it sooner.
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