Found via Instapundit: Happy Fun Pundit’s review of the “Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act”
This is just awful! Please urge your representatives in congress to oppose this bill.
Read the letter I sent by clicking MORE.
Here’s the letter I sent:
As a voter and an ardent consumer of digital media, I write today for two reasons:
- To urge you to support a Consumer Technology Bill of Rights
- To urge you to oppose bill S. 2048, the “Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act.”
To prevent further erosion of my rights, I would like to add my voice to DigitalConsumer.org in calling for a “consumer technology bill of rights”. It is simply an attempt to assert positively the public’s personal use rights. These rights are not new; they are historic rights granted in previous legislation and court rulings that have over the last four years been whittled away.
Under the guise of “preventing illegal copying” I believe Hollywood is vilifying their customers – people like me – and using the legislative process to create new lines of business at my expense. Their goal is to create a legal system that takes away my long-cherished personal use rights and then to charge me an additional fee to regain those rights!
Copy protection, especially to prevent overseas piracy for illicit sale, is an important issue. But before Congress considers yet another change in the law at the behest of the copyright holders, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to protect my Fair Use rights. Please oppose bill S. 2048, the “Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act.”
Thank you very much for your attention to this important matter.