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11.18.2004

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"Under the proposed language, viewers would not be allowed to use software or devices to skip commericals or promotional announcements "that would otherwise be performed or displayed before, during or after the performance of the motion picture," like the previews on a DVD."

According to this Wired article, the U.S. Senate could be voting on HR2391 (‘‘Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2004’’) during the lame-duck session. "The bill would also undo centuries of "fair use" -- the principle that gives Americans the right to use small samples of the works of others without having to ask permission or pay."

I found this through a Mayhem & Chaos entry, which also offers a link to help you contact your senators and representatives about this. I've sent a letter to my Senator all of one times in the past; that was about some ludicrous thing where they were trying to charge internet radio stations fees per song played, which monies would go to the RIAA, regardless of the fact that a lot of those song plays would be of songs by bands not represented by the RIAA. But now that I've voted for her, I figure I can stand to send another one.

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