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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Terrorism" is useful to a lot of people - it may also help safeguard the (dwindling) profits of various trash merchants, who are feeling the pinch since the international public is rejecting many of their (sub)cultural products...

...A new 24-page DMCA draft law being circulated in congress would give government officials far-reaching permissions to wiretap anyone suspected of piracy and will make the act of circumventing copy protections – even if it's for fair-use – a federal crime... And more disturbingly revealed is U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' mental connection that piracy funds terrorist activities....Obviously we should give up our fair-use rights to fight the “War on Terror.”...
The proposed law also expands civil and criminal restrictions to possessing or distributing any anti-circumvention tool the may “make, import, export, obtain control of” copy protected digital media. This rule even applies to software applications that can remove PC rootkit style scripts media companies feel compelled to bundle into their harmless looking music CDs. And if that wasn't bad enough...the new law will boost “criminal penalties for copyright infringement originally created by the No Electronic Theft Act of 1997 from five years to 10 years (and 10 years to 20 years for subsequent offenses). The NET Act targets noncommercial piracy including posting copyrighted photos, videos or news articles on a Web site if the value exceeds $1,000.”
If anything, this misguided and self-serving law shows how our government officials DON'T represent the views of the people who have elected them, but more accurately represent the views of the lobbyists giving them perks and kick-backs. In this case, lobbyists backed by the deep pockets of the MPAA and RIAA...


So, if IMG NYC for example decides that a shitty polaroid or mag photo featuring one of their "hip" faces is worth "over $1000" they can sue the web site that's posting it for "piracy"...but there may be a simple solution to avoid getting into any such trouble...

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