US Congress to Introduce Critical Copyright Bill


The US Congress' House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is looking to introduce a bill known as the Section 115 Reform Act of 2006 (SIRA). Steven Leach summarizes the intentions of this act:

Simply put, SIRA fundamentally redefines copyright and fair use in the digital world. It would require all incidental copies of music to be licensed separately from the originating copy. Even copies of songs that are cached in your computer's memory or buffered over a network would need yet another license. Once again, Big Copyright is looking for a way to double-dip into your wallet, extracting payment for the same content at multiple levels.

Why might Congress be looking to expedite this act? EFF speculates:

Because otherwise someone might notice that the bill represents an unholy alliance between the major music service providers (AOL, Yahoo, Apple, Real Networks, etc.) and music publishing industry. If the bill passes, they win, but fair use loses.

Steven Leach lists contact information for members of the House Subcommittee for those looking to discuss their thoughts with members of Congress.

via TechDirt


He's way off base

The act proposes a royalty-free rate for intermediate/temporary copies. That means no one would have to pay extra for them.

The Copyright Office has challenged the proposed legislation's inclusion of streaming performances in the definition of digital phonorecord delivery (DPD) as being both questionable and illegal. Their challenge will, I think, be taken into serious consideration.

Well, I am no lawyer, so I

Well, I am no lawyer, so I am not going to pretend to be able to disipher the bill better than the FSF. You have to love how they do a media blitz on "look at the monkey" issues like gay marriage while bombarding the legislative process with bills like this.


While the big bosses at the music companies are trying to stick their hands into our pockets again, they have also stepped on the toes of companies, radio stations in particular, who do streaming audio of their broadcast. These guys, the radio stations, are one of the only forms of home-town entertainment for the troops overseas. If they try to push this through, they are going to have to deal with, hmmmm, let's see, the Pentagon, who has put out personal thanks to those stations that the soldiers are listening to. If they succeed in making streaming audio illegal, there will be hell to pay, not to mention the radio stations themselves and the investment they have made nationwide in the necessay requirments to do the streaming audio to begin with. I'm no geek, most of what you guys write about is over my head, but issues like this I am very familiar with. Contacting your Reps and making your thoughts known is a great start. Contact your local radio stations that do streaming audio, as well as the tv stations. Put a stop to this before it leaves committee.

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