|FROM ||Ruben I Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Re: LOCAL California 14th district: Rep. Eshoo conference call (fwd) [firstname.lastname@example.org]
I just rattled everyone I could in DC.
kevin.a.ryan-at-mail.house.gov is the Weiner Cheif of staff
and they are going to send a representitive tomorrow to
sit in on the committee, which is not their committee. Weiner is in
the IP subcommittee in the house of the Judiciary Committee, and this
committee in telecom of the commerce sub committtee.
I'm sending him an email with our position on DRM.
Our position on the Digital Rights Managment on the net is that
First, the government should not mandate any technological means of
assuring Digital Rights Management, and as INTEL said, this is the
problem of the MPIAA, and Music Publishers, and not an issue of the internet.
Secondly, all proposals of Rights management interfer with free competition in
the computer industry, and is contributing to the economic downturn of the internet
by preventing the use of Free Software and ordinary research and developement of
software to expand the use of media in the public at large.
Additionally, DRM, by it's nature, infringes on the 4th Amendment rights of the consumers who
own the media which they buy, and prevent it's normal enjoyment. All DRM schemes require prior
consent to use the property after a cpommon purchase. That is cpmpletely unexceptable.
DRM is an assualt on the educational system and public libraries, by preventing the free
disemination of information to the general public, stifling broad education, and further
disenfranchisong minorities which depend on public education for advancement into the society
DRM is an extortion racket....PERIOD
We have no use for it and will vote on this issue.
It's destroying the economy, disenranchising our children, crippling our tax base, preventing
competition, worsening the recesssion and targets Free Software, which was the engine which
propelled our economy all throughout the 1990's by making the internet possible.
If DRM is forced on us, and we can't use digital media for expression and education, and after
buying something, you find you can't read something after a limited time, or without an approved
hardware or software device, it is same as if someone banged down my door and stole my whole
CD collection and my Newspaper archive. It prevents me from using MY property and it destroys MY
business. My business is designing systems to read media and productively use information.
Lastly, the Telecom subcommittee should not even be conducting this session since the proper place
for this the IP subcommittee since this is an IP issue.
On 2002.04.24 13:20 Don Marti wrote:
> begin Ruben I Safir quotation of Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 01:04:56PM -0400:
> > How can we be scheduled to tetify? And would anyone be willing to go with me?
> Too late to get on the witness list.
> In order to actually testify, you have to be selected by the
> committee chairman in advance.
> Don Marti
> http://zgp.org/~dmarti Help spread accurate information
> dmarti-at-zgp.org about Xenu and the Church of Scientology.
> KG6INA Scientology on your web site.
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