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Here we'll explore the nexus of legal rulings, Capitol Hill policy-making, technical standards development, and technological innovation that creates -- and will recreate -- the networked world as we know it. Among the topics we'll touch on: intellectual property conflicts, technical architecture and innovation, the evolution of copyright, private vs. public interests in Net policy-making, lobbying and the law, and more.

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October 28, 2004

NBC Chief to Congress: Please help save the Copyright Clause!

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Posted by Jason Schultz

Who knew the Copyright Clause of the US Constitution was under attack?

Well, according to Robert Wright, Chair of NBC Universal, its in critical condition and needs help STAT!:

In Washington to accept a First Amendment award from the Media Institute, Wright, the dean of network chiefs, sent a message to legislators, regulators and whoever else was listening that his company is ready to lead the fight for copyright protection, saying the Copyright Clause is under "enormous pressure and requires our vigilant attention."

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Wright said that technology, not legislation, is the best solution to intellectual property theft, but he also said that government needed to create "new rules of the road for the digital world...that encourage technological progress yet at the same time uphold the values that make commerce possible."

His suggestions:

1. Support a house Judiciary Committee package of antipiracy bills  "currently in limbo".

2. Find some compromise in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the so-called induce legislation targeted at peer-to-peer file sharing.

3. Support Attorney General John Ashcroft's proposed intellectual property protection recommendations.

Wow.. a First Amendment advocate supporting Ashcroft? Where can I get some of that Kool-aid?

mmm... Kool-aid... (tm!)

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1. James on October 28, 2004 2:12 PM writes...

copyright != intellectual property != patent

what are the values that make commerce possible?

does demand - supply = (piracy)?

NBC needs to give in. the people want their content online. they want to have that content available anywhere in their house in an instant. they want to take that content with them.

I'm certain people wouldn't share their content if it was readily available. The wouldn't need to share.

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2. Alexander Wehr on October 28, 2004 9:02 PM writes...

i believe that copyright clause includes something like "furthering the science and useful arts"

what is useful about DRM hobbled crap?

how about saving the balance..

what a freaking idiot.

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3. Alexander Wehr on October 28, 2004 9:11 PM writes...

I would like to note as well that while empowering congress to protect innovation, nowhere does it mandate that assanine copyright laws be continually ratcheted tighter and tighter until those 10 amendments which protect the people no longer mean anything.

I suggest someone of equal influence mail a letter to "save the bill of rights" from copyright interests.

particularly the first, fourth, sixth, and with the introduction of the piracy education act..arguably the 8th amendments.

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4. Cory Doctorow on October 29, 2004 2:42 AM writes...

And he was in town to accept a free speech award? Like Cindy Cohn sez, these people love the first amendment, they just don't like sharing it with the rest of us.

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