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October 2, 2005

MPAA Sock Puppets on Parade: Who Supports the Broadcast Flag?

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Thanks to Declan McCullagh's latest CNET piece on the current push for the deeply unpopular Broadcast Flag, here's a list of 20 policymakers who want to give the FCC the power to issue mandatory design blueprints for any device capable of receiving free over-the-air high-definition TV signals, regardless of the impact on consumer rights and technological innovation:

Charles Pickering, R-Miss.
Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y.
John Shimkus, R-Ill.
George Radanovich, R-Calif.
Mike Ferguson, R-N.J.
Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Bart Gordon, D-Tenn.
Mary Bono, R-Calif.
Lee Terry, R-Neb.
Ed Whitfield, R-Kt.
Bobby Rush, D-N.J.
Vito Fossella, R-N.Y.
John Shadegg, R-Ariz.
Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
Albert Wynn, D-Md.
Michael Doyle, D-Penn.
Charles Gonzalez, D-Tex.
Charles Bass, R-N.H.
John Sullivan, R-Okla.
Frank Pallone, D-N.J.

Is your representative on the list? If so, here's where you can send a letter speaking your mind about his or her decision to support the Broadcast Flag.

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1. Doug Lay on October 2, 2005 3:46 PM writes...

Some useful information, courtesy of

Remember, the broadcast flag was shot down in court on 5/6/05.

Pickering, Charles:
$10,000 from NAB (Nat'l Ass'n of Broadcasters) 5/2/05
$1,000 from Time Warner 5/11/05

Towns, Edolphus:
$2,000 from News America Holdings (Fox) 5/17/05
$2,000 from ClearChannel 6/17/05
$1,000 from NAB 5/9/05
$1,000 from RIAA 6/29/05
$1,000 from Sony Pictures 5/12/05
$1,000 from TimeWarner 5/6/05
$1,000 more 5/12/05
$1,000 from Viacom 5/9/05
$1,000 from Walt Disney 5/9/05

Shimkus, John:
$1,000 from News America Holdings (Fox) 6/7/05
$1,640 from NAB 5/2/05

Radanovich, George:
$2,000 from ClearChannel 4/26/05
$1,000 from Sony Pictures 5/18/05

Ferguson, Mike:
$1,000 from Universal Music Group 6/9/05

Blackburn, Marsha:
$1,000 from Universal Music Group 6/9/05

Gordon, Bart:
$1,000 from NAB 6/6/05
$1,000 from Viacom 5/9/05
$1,000 from Disney 6/30/05

Bono, Mary:
$1,000 from Universal Music Group 6/9/05

Terry, Lee:
$1,000 from NAB 5/9/05
$1,000 from RIAA 4/20/05
$1,000 from Universal Music 4/27/05
$1,000 from Warner Music 5/20/05

Whifield, Ed:
$2,500 from NAB 3/2/05
$2,000 from ClearChannel 3/11/05

Fossella, Vito:
$1,000 from News America (Fox) 6/28/05
$1,000 from NAB 3/14/05
$1,000 from Sony Pictures 6/21/05
$1,000 from Viacom 3/16/05

Shadegg, John:
$2,000 from ClearChannel 3/28/05
$1,000 from NAB 3/14/05
$1,000 from Viacom 4/27/05
$1,000 from Disney 4/27/05

Engel, Eliot:
$1,000 from News America (Fox) 6/7/05
$1,000 from ClearChannel 3/15/05
$1,000 more 6/9/05
$1,000 from Sony Pictures 3/14/05
$1,000 from Time Warner 6/10/05
$1,000 from Walt Disney 3/14/05

Wynn, Albert:
$1,000 from NAB 6/2/05
$2,500 from Disney 6/7/05

Doyle, Michael:
$6,631 from NAB 3/29/05

Gonzalez, Charles:
$1,000 from News America (Fox) 6/20/05
$2,000 from ClearChannel 3/31/05
$1,000 more 6/9/05
$1,500 from NAB 5/17/05
$1,000 from Sony Pictures 6/21/05

Bass, Charles:
$1,000 from ClearChannel 4/27/05
$1,000 more 6/9/05

Sullivan, John:
$1,000 from News Ameica (Fox) 3/16/05
$1,000 more 5/23/05
$1,000 from ClearChannel 5/17/05
$1,000 from NAB 3/16/05
$4,000 more 5/24/05
$1,000 from Sony Pictures 6/21/05
$1,000 from Time Warner 6/7/05
$1,000 from Viacom 5/24/05

Pallone, Frank:
$1,000 from NAB 3/14/05
$3,000 more 6/24/05

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2. gs on October 2, 2005 10:52 PM writes...

If some of these people are vulnerable for reelection, it will probably be within my modest means to make a campaign contribution to their opponents. Any suggestions?

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3. Info on October 3, 2005 2:14 AM writes...

June 13, 2003
Mary Bono Eyes Top Spot At RIAA

Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) has tossed her hat in the ring as a potential successor to Hilary Rosen as chairman/CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Billboard Bulletin reports. According to her chief of staff, it "would be a dream job" for Bono, the 41-year-old widow of performer, songwriter, and Congressman Sonny Bono.

"She hasn't pro-actively gone after the job," says the spokesperson, "and RIAA has not yet approached her directly, although friends and colleagues have asked her about it. If [the] RIAA were to do so, it would be very hard for her to turn it down."

Bono fulfilled her husband's last term as representative of California's 44th Congressional District after his fatal skiing accident in January 1998. She has since been elected to three more terms. She has served on the Judiciary Committee, which oversees copyright issues, and is seen as a lawmaker who understands the agendas of both record companies and artists.

The RIAA would not comment on the search or the possibility of Bono taking over, beyond Rosen saying, "I love Mary Bono; she's great."

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4. D.Wallener on October 3, 2005 4:26 PM writes...

Until they get the broadcast flag - or something very much like it - there will be no high-def to the desktop. That's the reality.

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5. L. Blunk on October 4, 2005 12:55 PM writes...

Huh? There's already a number of High-Def tuner cards available for PC's. One of the absurdities of the Broadcast Flag mandate is that it would have no impact on these existing tuners which would ignore the flag and continue to allow recording and redistribution of High-Def content.

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