Saturday, January 21, 2006

RIAA and MPAA's attempts to freeze the progress of consumer electronics technology

"The EFF's Deeplinks section has a pretty alarming post about the RIAA and MPAA's attempts to freeze the progress of consumer electronics technology and then start turning back the clock on all of us. Fair use, meet your successor: "customary historic use."

The post points to broadcast flag draft legislation sponsored by Senator Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) that contains provisions which appear to limit digital broadcast media reception devices to "customary historic use of broadcast content by consumers to the extent such use is consistent with applicable law and that prevents redistribution of copyrighted content over digital networks." In other words, if it does anything heretofore unheard of with the digital content that it receives, then it's illegal. And if it does anything "customary" that could also possibly lead to unauthorized redistribution, then it's also illegal. So all the bases are covered! .."

So, if you were planning to launch a startup and make millions off the coming digital broadcast media revolution by inventing the next iPod or by combining digital radio with Web 2.0 and VoIP and Skype and RSS and WiFi mesh networks, then forget about it. When digital broadcast nirvana finally arrives, the only people who'll be legally authorized to make money off of music and movies are the middlemen at the RIAA and the MPAA.
If the RIAA and MPAA's attempts to ban any new content for the software industry, and Techo gadget Industry.  It could put a tail spin on Technology that even Oliver Lodge (later Sir Oliver) wouldn't of been able to save if he was alive today.  Good bye to all new devices, news media devices, and good bye to even a few companies because their livelihood is built around this technology.  Apple will be non existent too.  Sony will loose, So will any new innovations trying to come on board. This website claims it wont be that bad.  But who is going to pay the bill for the ones that depend on this type  new Technology to stay running?  What they are doing, is stopping the technology all together to create a barrier so that new innovation no longer is a word used in the business.  They know it too. 
Now I ask the singers, and bands, and entertainment professionals that entertain everyone, and do a swell job of it too.  Now is your first clue to watch this bill if it gets passed if you have any sense in your head that God above gave you... you will use this law to benefit yourselves too.  After all most of you still barley get a paycheck while the record companies and the RIAA and  MPAA's are , swimming in YOUR money, laughing all the way to the bank.  If they pass this law they will have no excuse but to pay you better. 

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