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The Worst Bill You've Never Heard Of 630

AWhiteFlame writes " is reporting on a section of the Reform Act of 2006 that's very shocking and surprisingly not that publicized. From the article: 'This will be a busy week in the House -- Congress goes into summer recess Friday, but not before considering the Section 115 Reform Act of 2006 (SIRA). Never heard of SIRA? That's the way Big Copyright and their lackey's want it, and it's bad news for you. 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.'"
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The Worst Bill You've Never Heard Of

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  • by djsmiley ( 752149 ) <> on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @05:41AM (#15478267) Homepage Journal
    Yet another reason to never upgrade....

    How are they planning to enforce this on existing setups? Oh wait... they can't!


    I could dance around about how im running linux etc, but the fact of the matter is even people running windows XP can avoid this, by : Yes thats right, NOT patching. I mean how do they expect to force anything on anyone using a computer?

    One day they might learn, but it seems it will be no time soon... :/
  • distraction (Score:3, Interesting)

    by pintomp3 ( 882811 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @05:47AM (#15478285)
    ahh.. maybe the resurfacing of the gay marriage issue is just a distraction for this bill. it's well known it won't go through and way too transparent to be a realistic attempt to galvanize the conservative base. sneaky lil politians.
  • What will ISPs do? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @05:55AM (#15478305)
    Considering the abundance of proxies, caching routers and so on... will they have to pay for the music passed through them?

    Another example of people making laws about things they don't have the foggiest idea about. And another example how the content industry wants to make money out of thin air. Quite literally.
  • by 0x0000 ( 140863 ) <[moc.xehorez] [ta] [xehorez]> on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @07:27AM (#15478619) Homepage
    computers with preinstalled Vista, OSX, etc. and has "automatic update" activ, because of all these virii.

    Are you saying that RIAA, MPAA, M$, et al are the entities behind the wave of viral malware? All just to softent up the user base for a frontal assult on the security, privacy, and integrity of their home PCs? What, are you paranoid?

  • by Adam Hazzlebank ( 970369 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @07:53AM (#15478724)
    ...and what about in 50 years time when the majority of current hardware is obsolete, has been destroyed, or if we follow Japan's example is illegal []?
  • by Crayon Kid ( 700279 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @08:21AM (#15478849)
    The only way to stop this crap is fighting it now.

    I see that the Swedes resorted to street manifestations [] to show their support for Pirate Bay and freedom to download for personal use:

    On Saturday, hundreds of demonstrators with pirate flags gathered in downtown Stockholm. In Göteborg, the country's second largest city, another 200 protesters took the streets. They demanded that The Pirate Bay's servers, which were seized on Wednesday, are given back and the investigation against the site's operators closed.
  • Re:Bah! (Score:1, Interesting)

    by gowen ( 141411 ) <> on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @08:41AM (#15478935) Homepage Journal
    Democracy. That form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy. Black's Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, pp. 388-389.
    That page is based around an utterly appalling misreading of that definition. He's parsed the words, but he's failed to understand the codicile.

    As the distinction clarifies, the "whole" simply means, "without any qualification such as bloodline or land ownership". The rest of the article is equal claptrap :

    "The People enjoy their God-given natural rights in the Republic."

    Uh-huh. So that whole US Constitution / Bill Of Rights is what, exactly?
    The God given right to bear arms? Which bit of the Bible is that in?

    The simple fact that he brings God into it shows the author is talking out of his arse. That's just a libertarian making shit up.
  • by dwandy ( 907337 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @08:47AM (#15478966) Homepage Journal
    Linux? BSD? both of those will have caved in to the DRM monster by then as well.
    How can an OS that I can compile cave to the wishes of others?
    Especially since lots of code is still written by people who don't live in the US, and in countries where (so far!) the laws are not made by corporate interests?
    And if the worst thing that happens to my computing experience is that I run FC5 forever be it.
    And if the worst thing that happens to my entertainment choices is that I stick with cc-licensed works, again, so be it.
  • by mrchaotica ( 681592 ) * on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @08:53AM (#15478994)
    So what? At this point we'd be better off with just about anyone short of Vlad the Executioner in office, just because the Democrats and Republicans are way too corrupt.

    Personally, I'd love to see the two dominant parties become the Libertarians and the Greens -- at least they still have platforms based on ideology, instead of just pandering to whoever bribes them the most like the Democrats and Republicans do.
  • by unity100 ( 970058 ) * on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @09:08AM (#15479082) Homepage Journal
    Some historians say that fall of the roman empire started in around 100-50 bc.

    That is, when senato has become a hive of corrupt senators that exceedingly cater to the needs of wealthy elite, be it their family be it a bribing party, ignoring and debasing the public, despite many laws that are passed to calm the public down.

    Public was too annoyed with this, there was much discontent. Senato and public were at discord.

    Time and again grandeur/power-hungry prominent men tried to exploit this discontent to their ends, and one of them, julius caesar had succeeded.

    He didnt single handedly destroy the republic, he just became the instrument. Republic was already destroyed by corrupt senators.

    Well, in much resemblance to the situation at hand eh ? Just, we are at the stage of corrupt senators now.
  • by Danse ( 1026 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @09:22AM (#15479164)

    "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."

    People trotting out that line all the time are part of the problem. They are the people that are resistant to attempts to improve the situation because they think this is as good as it can get. If this is as good as it gets, we're screwed. Some of us don't want to take that lying down.. or bending over as the case may be. We want to come up with better ways of doing things, and I'm sure that there must be better ways. We need serious reform of our election system, first and foremost. Until then, we are stuck in a corrupt system that feeds off the cash of special interests and puts up walls to prevent the non-corrupt from getting in.

  • So.... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by uniqueUser ( 879166 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @09:36AM (#15479274)
    Even copies of songs that are cached in your computer's memory or buffered over a network would need yet another license.
    If I play the licensed music through my sterio system that consists of multiple speakers? Do I need a license for each speaker since technically each speaker is receving a 'copy' of the song.
    How about a few steps further? So, What if I remember a song that I just listened to? Does that memory need a license? What if I told you that I am undergoing a strange new treatment for alzheimer's and I have an implant that helps me to remember? How about now?
  • by pedalman ( 958492 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @09:46AM (#15479367)
    Just got finished doing just that.
  • by Durandal64 ( 658649 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @11:04AM (#15479989)
    We have a tax on media in the United States. It's part of the Audio Home Recording Act. Here is the actual text.
    2. The AHRA also provides for a royalty tax of up to $8 per new digital recording machine and 3 percent of the price of all digital audiotapes or discs. This tax is paid by the manufacturers of digital media devices and distributed to the copyright owners whose music is presumably being copied. In consideration of this tax, copyright owners agree to forever waive the right to claim copyright infringement against consumers using audio recording devices in their homes. This is commensurate with the fair use exception to copyright law, which allows consumers to make copies of copyrighted music for non-commercial purposes.
    This tax is applied to CD-R's and other "recording devices" (iPods and the like are probably included as well), but not computers themselves. In either case, every time you buy CD-Rs or any sort of digital audio "recording machine", you have compensated the copyright holders. As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing unethical about downloading songs for free, especially from Mafia-like cartels like the RIAA.
  • by cptgrudge ( 177113 ) <> on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @11:24AM (#15480141) Journal
    Well, there's always the -1 Flamebait, +1 Underrated combination of mods. It just takes more than one person. But I read Flamebait at +6 anyway, since they're often humorous. To stay on topic, look at this page [] and check out the "witness list" from the oversight hearing!

    David M. Israelite
    President and Chief Executive Officer, National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA)

    Jonathan Potter
    Executive Director, Digital Media Association (DiMA)

    Rick Carnes
    President, Songwriter's Guild

    Cary H. Sherman
    President and General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA)

    Where's the witness list for the "prosecution"?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @01:11PM (#15481075)
    This is why you should choose Linux, BSD, or another open-source or at least free-as-in-beer solution, like Ernie Ball did after that fiasco. Even when you're legit, you can still get screwed by proprietary software vendors in any number of ways.

    I've removed Microsoft software from production at my office because a) I am not about to pay for exchanged AGAIN when we expand and Exchange 2000 CALs are no longer available b) maintenance can be fully automated on Linux without having to resort to insecure vbscripts and c) No worries about Windows Update patches breaking the info store service ever again (yes this happened last year, M$'s solution was "reformat, reinstall, and restore the IS then reconnect the mailboxes to the user accounts" - Uh, no thanks. I worked on it for about 20 hours and managed to get the IS mounted again, and immediately started evaluating Linux groupware solutions, eventually settling on free-as-in-beer Scalix). Now all we use is our MSDN licenses for development/staging, no more Microsoft products in production. I'd put the old licenses up on feeBay, only Microsoft has a habit of suing customers for reselling unused or retired licenses [] despite the fact that boxed software sold over the counter is actually SOLD and not licensed, as established in many prior court cases.

    Of course, I expect some Microsoft fanboy to mod my post down. Go right ahead, you know you want to. I used to really like Microsoft until they instituted anti-customer policies when they saw Linux looming on the horizon.

    You can't go wrong choosing open-source and free-as-in-beer solutions. The up-front setup time may be a little bit higher, but you can rest assured that:
      * you will always be able to access your data
      * There is a much higher chance you can fully automate maintenance
      * if the BSA comes knocking on your door, you can point them at the GPL and BSD licenses and say "here's all the info you need. Thanks, you can leave now. Don't let the door hit you in the ass."

"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982