[mythtv-users] Congress to Make Commercial Skipping Illegal

George Galt george.galt at gmail.com
Tue Nov 16 14:53:06 UTC 2004


The House has passed HR 2391, which is being considered by the Senate
today (11/16).  Successful passage by the Senate will put this bill on
the President's desk late this year or early next.

This bill makes it a violation of the Copyright Act to skip
commercials using a technological means (hardware or software) -- and
it makes it a violation to make the computer program that allows
people to skip commercials.  You can get information on the bill here:

and you can read the Wired story on the bill here:


My suggestion is call your Senators and Representatives and let them
know that it is ridiculous to make it illegal for you to skip
commercials (assuming you agree that it is).

You can reach your Senators and Representatives through the Capitol
switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225-3121.  Or you can email
them by going to their web sites, which you can find through
www.senate.gov or www.house.gov.


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