New Yorkers For Fair Use

© Copyright for the Digital Millennium

Tell Your Representative to Review the FCC's Broadcast Flag Ruling

Mobilize to Oppose the "Broadcast Flag"

You can submit your comments to your senator with this form.

Please forward this notice to any other concerned parties you might know.

What's Going On:

The FCC has declared that digital TV devices must be designed to failwhen they encounter a special marker assigned to digital television broadcasts. They issued this ruling despite the landslide of more than 7,000 publiccomments that they received in response to this proposal, adamantaly opposedto their ruling that all devices must be built in such a manner that usersmay only exercise the rights that Hollywood allows to them.

Hollywood and leading technology players have convinced the FCC to issuea ruling in the area of copyright over which they have no jurisdiction. Underthis rule, only certain "professionals" will have the right to own fully-functionaldevices for working with digital broadcast materials.

Hollywood and content producers must not be allowed to determine the rightsof the public to use flexible information technology. The idea of the broadcastflag is to implement universal content control and abolish the right of freecitizens to own effective tools for employing digital content in useful ways.The broadcast flag is theft.

Please tell your representatives that copyright law is the job of Congress,not the FCC:

     Congress shall have power . . . To promote the Progress of Science
     anduseful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and
     Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and
     Discoveries

                        U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, clause 8

Only lawmakers directly accountable to those they represent may addressand articulate the correct exclusive rights policy for the digital era.

In the ongoing fight with old world content industries, the most essentialrights and interests in a free society are those of the public. Free citizensare not mere consumers; they are not a separate group from so-called "professionals." The stakeholders in a truly just information policy in a free society arethe public, not those who would reserve special rights to control public usesof information technology.

Please go to our form and let your representatives know that your rights are at stake:

http://www.nyfairuse.org/action/fcc.flag/tell-congress.xhtml.


l l l m r users served by Wynn Data Limited.