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fisheromen1031 07-05-2005 04:32 PM

Support 'fair use' in the USA
For other USA peeps out there, there appears to be a bill in congress at the moment related to copy-writtened CDs, encrypted DVDs, and other fair use of media you have rightfully obtained. Go here ( and show your support for reforming legislation that infringes your fair use.

Among other things, this bill seeks to correct the reason why many distros can't support DVD playback 'out of the box'.

For those of you who don't give a flip about regulations and are going to do as you please, you could do the rest of us a favor and support the possiblity of some good legislation.


fisheromen1031 07-05-2005 04:40 PM

oops! bad link
That link won't take you anywhere. Use this one and click on DMCA reform:

Megamieuwsel 07-06-2005 01:29 PM

This is one of the rare cases , I regret not being a USA-citizen ; I can't even sign up , due to not living within your borders.
Otherwise I'd have signed it in a haertbeat ; I have a strong feeling ( and history showed it right time and again) that laws like this , especially when passed/implied in the USA tend to influence the area they cover (legal-wise , that is) far beyond the borders. (monkey-see , monkey-do - syndrom of politics...)

fisheromen1031 07-06-2005 07:47 PM

Doesn't anybody else care about this? We're talking YOUR rights here!

AlexV 07-06-2005 11:28 PM


Originally posted by fisheromen1031
Doesn't anybody else care about this? We're talking YOUR rights here!
Sure we care. And I'll be glad to sign the petition, too. However, I doubt it will help... politicians (of both parties) will bow to Big Business every time :(

scuzzman 07-06-2005 11:41 PM


Shade 07-07-2005 01:59 PM


dsschanze 07-07-2005 06:25 PM

Do I have to be a certain age to sign up...and do I have to give my real address?

thorn168 07-07-2005 06:54 PM


Stand up for what you think is right. Stand and be counted as a real person. When you send letters to congress you have to identifiy yourself as a real person other wise democracy is a fraud.

Even if you are under the age of 18 you can still communicate with the government about matters that are important to you. In fact I wish more young Americans would speak up about what they want from their government wether it is Federal, State or Local. Too many young people these days have "turned on, tuned in and dropped out" out of the democratic process.

So speak your mind while you still can.

Ace07 07-07-2005 09:49 PM

I sent an email to my congressman. He sent an automated one back saying that he co-sponsored the bill.

Kind of cool. =)

And, I don't think age matters. I am under 18 and they really have no way of knowing.

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