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DEADLINE Thursday: Stop the FCC "Broadcast Flag" Proposal!

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  • Seth Johnson
    ... Please send a comment opposing the Broadcast Flag Proposal to the FCC by this Thursday, December 5, 2002. Tell the FCC to Serve the Public, Not
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2002
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      New Yorkers for Fair Use Action Alert:
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      Please send a comment opposing the "Broadcast Flag" Proposal
      to the FCC by this Thursday, December 5, 2002.

      Tell the FCC to Serve the Public, Not Hollywood!


      Okay, you folks understand this issue -- it's very important
      to send word to the FCC by the public comments deadline,
      this Thursday, December 5, that you OPPOSE the Notice of
      Proposed Rulemaking #02-230. This rule would make it
      illegal for ordinary citizens to own fully functional
      digital television devices. We've made it easy; just follow
      the links below.


      1) Please send in your comments to the FCC using the form
      provided below. Tell them that the movie industry should
      not have a special privilege to own fully-functional digital
      television devices. Read the alert below for details.

      2) Please forward this alert to any other interested parties
      that you know of, who would understand and see the
      importance of this issue.

      3) Volunteer to help us with this and other alerts related
      to your rights to flexible information technology in the
      future. Two roles you can take up are to become a Press
      Outreach Campaigner or a Commentator. Simply reply to this
      email to show your interest.


      New Yorkers for Fair Use Action Alert:
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      Tell the FCC to Serve the Public, Not Hollywood!

      Public Comments Needed to Stop the "Broadcast Flag" Proposal
      at the FCC


      Please follow this link and use the form on the Center for
      Democracy and Technology's site to let the FCC know that the
      public's rights are at stake:
      http://www.nyfairuse.org/action/fcc.flag.xhtml.

      What's Going On:

      The FCC is considering a proposal that digital televisions
      be required to work only according to the rules set by
      Hollywood, through the use of a "broadcast flag" assigned to
      digital TV broadcasts.

      Through the deliberations of a group called the Broadcast
      Protection Discussion Group which assiduously discounted the
      public's rights to use flexible information technology,
      Hollywood and leading technology players have devised a plan
      that would only allow "professionals" to have
      fully-functional devices for processing digital broadcast
      materials.

      Hollywood and content producers must not be allowed to
      determine the rights of the public to use flexible
      information technology. The idea of the broadcast flag is to
      implement universal content control and abolish the right of
      free citizens to own effective tools for employing digital
      content in useful ways. The broadcast flag is theft.

      In the ongoing fight with old world content industries, the
      most essential rights and interests in a free society are
      those of the public. Free citizens are not mere consumers;
      they are not a separate group from so-called
      "professionals." The stakeholders in a truly just
      information policy in a free society are the public, not
      those who would reserve special rights to control public
      uses of information technology.

      Please go to the Center for Democracy and Technology's
      Broadcast Flag Action Page and use their form to let the FCC
      know that the public's rights are at stake:
      http://www.cdt.org/action/copyright/.

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      Some background links:

      http://bpdg.blogs.eff.org/archives/one-page.pdf
      http://www.eff.org/effector/HTML/effect15.22.html#III
      http://www.cdt.org/press/020807press.shtml
      http://scriban.com/movabletype_archives/000334.shtml
      http://scriban.com/movabletype_archives/000331.shtml

      The following link is the FCC's "Notice of Proposed
      Rulemaking" for the broadcast flag.

      http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-231A1.pdf
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