RE: American DMCA revisions: run a firewall, go to jail.
Tony Langdon <tlangdon <at> atctraining.com.au>
2003-04-01 00:34:18 GMT
> Thanks Euan for those links.
Yes, very interesting
> I read the essay by Richard Stallman (RMS), beautifully crafted, yet
> brief. I imagine that we should email all our members of
> Parliament with
> a copy of this essay. Something a bit Orwellian about the moves in
> America with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act DMCA).
Certainly something of real concern here. It's interesting that a number of
the elements in that essay have already come to pass, and it's only 2003,
not 2047! DMCA and its descendents are certainly evil legislation. I've
already been affected by the DMCA, because I used to run a Live365 stream.
The content of the stream was 100% public domain, basically amateur radio
transmissions that anyone within range could legally listen to with a cheap
scanner from Dick Smith.
However, because of the DMCA, Live365 were forced to find a way to allow
their music broadcasters (who were using copyright material) to broadcast
legally. Their solution was to slap a blanket $5 US/month fee on all
broadcasters. Their rationale was that those who weren't broadcasting
copyright material were supporting their efforts to get legal advice. My
feeling was that I didn't ask them to do it, and I had NO intention of
broadcasting copyright material, so I was being charged $120/year (aussie
peso) for something I didn't want and definitely didn't ask for. In the
end, I just pulled the plug (however, a new interactive service using Speak
Freely is about to start this week, I've been testing the server last