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    Tuesday
    Sep282004

    Stop the INDUCE Act

    INFO TECHNOLOGY: Got an email alert from Downhill Battle this morning. I'm going to call at lunch time, you should too!



    Hi everyone,



    This is an emergency alert for everyone who took part in the Save Betamax call-in day: Today, Orrin Hatch will be trying to line up enough votes to get the INDUCE Act (S. 2560) through to the Senate floor. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee need to hear from you right now.



    At the bottom of this message is a list of Senators to call. Please take the time to call two of them, before 5 PM EST today. The bill is scheduled for mark-up on Thursday, so it's very important that you make these calls today.



    We need to stop this bill, and we can. Because the INDUCE Act is such a radical departure from two decades of tech policy (set in place by the Betamax decision), a truly unprecedented coalition has formed to stop it. Heavyweights of the technology and electronics sectors are joining public interest groups in fighting hard against the extremely well-connected entertainment industry lobbies (the RIAA and MPAA). Right now there's something of a stalemate-- insiders all say that INDUCE has a 50/50 shot at becoming law.



    That's why it's extremely important that Senators hear what you have to say. This email is going out to the over 5,000 people who participated in the Save Betamax call-in day. Tomorrow (Wednesday) the EFF will be running a call-in day for their members, using the software we made for Save Betamax. In just two days Senators could be hearing from tens of thousands of constituents. But we need you to make these phone calls, and spread the word (i.e. on your blog, or in an email to friends) that right now is the time to act.



    SENATORS TO CALL



    Please call two of these Senators, and if you have time feel free to make more calls. Make sure to look down the list to see if any Senators represent your state. Every phone call counts, but calls from constituents will carry more weight, so make sure to let them know if you're a constituent. Also, the RIAA likes to pretend that all musicians support their breed of copyright extremism. We know that's not true, so if you're a musician make sure to mention that as well.



    Orrin Hatch

    UTAH

    202-224-5251



    Patrick Leahy

    VERMONT

    202-224-4242



    Charles E. Grassley

    IOWA

    202.224.3744



    Edward M. Kennedy

    MASSACHUSETTS

    202-224-4543



    Arlen Specter

    PENNSYLVANIA

    202-224-4254



    Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

    DELAWARE

    202-224-5042



    Jon Kyl

    202) 224-4521

    ARIZONA



    Herbert Kohl

    WISCONSIN

    (202) 224-5653



    Mike DeWine

    OHIO

    (202) 224-2315



    Dianne Feinstein

    CALIFORNIA

    202-224-3841



    Jeff Sessions

    ALABAMA

    202) 224-4124



    Russell D. Feingold

    WISCONSIN

    202/224-5323



    Lindsey Graham

    SOUTH CAROLINA

    (202) 224-5972



    Charles E. Schumer

    NEW YORK

    202-224-6542



    Larry Craig

    IDAHO

    202/224-2752



    Richard J. Durbin

    ILLINOIS

    202) 224-2152



    Saxby Chambliss

    GEORGIA

    (202) 224-3521



    John Edwards

    NORTH CAROLINA

    (202) 224-3154



    John Cornyn

    TEXAS

    202-224-2934



    NOTES FOR YOUR CALL



    On the new INDUCE Act drafts:

    The INDUCE Act has already been through several revisions, as Hatch et al. attempt to appease some of their most powerful opponents. But none of these revisions cut it; all of them make industries liable for infringement they don't commit or even profit from, and all of them would give the entertainment industry veto power over new technology (say, the wireless iPod). For more information on the latest draft, see the following article in Wired:

    http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,65084,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2



    On Republicans and Democrats:

    Like many tech law issues, this one cuts across party lines (most powerful members of both parties are on the wrong side). If you're calling Republican Senators, emphasize that this legislation would create a huge new legal liability (which means bogus litigation) against American high tech companies. Tell them that the Heritage Foundation and the American Conservative Union both oppose the bill. And check out an ACU flyer here:

    http://www.boingboing.net/images/acu-inducead-final.pdf



    If you're calling Democrats, emphasize that the Betamax decision was sound policy and that the entertainment companies' extreme stance on copyright is directly opposed to the public good.



    For more information about the INDUCE Act, go to:

    http://savebetamax.org



    Thanks for your time and your energy.



    Sincerely,



    Holmes Wilson

    Tiffiniy Cheng

    Nicholas Reville

    Rebecca Laurie

    Downhill Battle Team

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