[mythtv-users] [US] Help stop the broadcast flag, again
wendy at seltzer.com
Wed Jun 22 15:49:07 UTC 2005
We don't have a bill number, and no reports that the flag was raised in the
subcommittee yesterday. Rumors are that it could still be added as an
amendment at the full committee markup tomorrow.
Thanks for all the calls!
At 09:14 AM 6/22/2005 -0500, Lane Schwartz wrote:
>Do you have the name and numbers of the relevant bill and amendment?
>I called my senator's office yesterday morning. When I called this
>morning to follow up, the staffer was very helpful, but wasn't able to
>pull any status info without a name or number.
>Also, do you know what happened in subcommittee yesterday?
>On 6/20/05, Wendy Seltzer <wendy at seltzer.com> wrote:
> > We've heard rumors that the Broadcast Flag that we, EFF, and a
> > coalition of pressure groups have fought so hard against (and beat in
> > the courts) will be sneaked back via an amendment to the giant Senate
> > Appropriations Bill in a sub-committee at 2PM EST on Tuesday 21st.
> > This week is Hollywood's last chance to ram the flag past Congress,
> > and they're working hard to get it under the radar. As you know, the
> > Broadcast Flag would make it illegal for pcHDTV or Air2PC to keep
> > making or importing HDTV tuner cards in the U.S.
> > If you're in any of the following states, your Senators are members
> > of the sub-committee. People of Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa,
> > Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico,
> > North Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin - it's up to
> > you!
> > There's a sample script after the phone list. Remember: be cool,
> > collected and polite. Most of these senators won't know a thing about
> > the flag, until one of them makes it a throwaway amendment tomorrow.
> > Make sure their ears twitch when they hear "broadcast flag" today.
> > ALABAMA Senator Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744
> > ALASKA Senator Ted Stevens (202) 224-3004
> > HAWAII Senator Daniel Inouye (202) 224-3934
> > IOWA Senator Tom Harkin (202) 224-3254
> > KANSAS Senator Sam Brownback (202) 224-6521
> > KENTUCKY Senator Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541
> > MARYLAND Senator Barbara Mikulski (202) 224-4654
> > MISSOURI Senator Christopher Bond (202) 224-5721
> > NEW HAMPSHIRE Senator Judd Gregg (202) 224-3324
> > NEW MEXICO Senator Pete Domenici (202) 224-6621
> > NORTH DAKOTA Senator Byron Dorgan (202) 224-2551
> > TEXAS Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (202) 224-5922
> > VERMONT Senator Patrick Leahy (202) 224-4242
> > WASHINGTON Senator Patty Murray (202) 224-2621
> > WISCONSIN Senator Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653
> > "Hello, Senator _________'s office"
> > "Hi, I'm a constituent. I'm registering my opposition to the
> > broadcast flag amendment being introduced in the Senate Commerce
> > Justice and Science Appropriations subcommittee mark-up on Tuesday,
> > and in full committee on Thursday."
> > (*** You can give your own reasons for opposing the flag here. Here's
> > a sample: ***)
> > "I've been developing my own television-watching technology -- but I
> > won't be able to buy new parts if the Broadcast Flag goes through."
> > "The Broadcast Flag cripples any device capable of receiving
> > over-the-air digital broadcasts."
> > "It give Hollywood movie studios a permanent veto over how members of
> > the American public use our televisions."
> > "It forces American innovators to beg the FCC for permission before
> > adding new features to TV."
> > "It will prevent fair use of copyrighted works: critical review, and
> > use of material in distance learning"
> > "This is an important issue which will affect all Americans, and
> > should not be inserted in a large bill, at the last moment, with no
> > debate."
> > "Please oppose the broadcast flag amendment. My name and address are
> > ___________________."
> > "Thank you for your time."
> > Thanks!
> > --Wendy
> > --
> > --
> > Wendy Seltzer -- wendy at seltzer.com || wendy at eff.org
> > Electronic Frontier Foundation
> > Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
> > http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/seltzer.html
> > http://www.eff.org/broadcastflag/
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Wendy Seltzer -- wendy at seltzer.com
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
Chilling Effects: http://www.chillingeffects.org/
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