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November 16, 2004
Copyright Mashup Remains a Threat
The good people at Public Knowledge have one-stop shopping for learning about and taking steps to oppose the copyright mashup bill that may once again be on the verge of passing.
Michael Grebb @ Wired:
Several lobbying camps from different industries and ideologies are joining forces to fight an overhaul of copyright law, which they say would radically shift in favor of Hollywood and the record companies and which Congress might try to push through during a lame-duck session that begins this week.
The Senate might vote on HR2391, the Intellectual Property Protection Act, a comprehensive bill that opponents charge could make many users of peer-to-peer networks, digital-music players and other products criminally liable for copyright infringement. The bill would also undo centuries of "fair use" -- the principle that gives Americans the right to use small samples of the works of others without having to ask permission or pay.
Update (November 17): PK's updated action alert
[It's] after the election, and the Senate is holding a lame duck session in an effort to pass what they could not before. This means, just like a Hollywood horror film, many bills are back from the dead. To get them passed, the content industry may try to put all their eggs in one basket and pass one big "omnibus" bill, or they could hitch the bills individually to other bills that have momentum. Regardless, you voiced your concerns before, and we need you to do it again.
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