Questions and Answers on the Netcasters Treaty
Because the US delegation to WIPO has pushed for this treaty in secret, knowing that the stakeholders, that is every citizen of the USA, and all human beings on Earth, would never agree to give over their computers to the Englobulators just because Yahoo has a business plan that requires the treaty.
The treaty is not completely secret, but it is being pursued at international treatymaking fora, and newspapers and trade journals run very few stories about it.

The treaty was proposed several years ago, and some citizens and organizations have traveled across the ocean to attend the relevant meetings and argue against the creation of the new netcaster's right.

On October 13 2005, a number of citizens and organizations petitioned Congress to stop the US delegation's push for the Netcasting Treaty and for the government to hold public hearings on the treaty.

As of 18 January 2006, The Congress of the United States of America has not responded.

Many people and organizations have expressed opposition to the Netcasting Treaty in the privileged venues of the World Intellectual Property Organization, but the US delegation continues to press for it.

No.  Neither Congress, nor the Copyright Office, nor the USPTO, have held any hearings on the Netcasting Treaty.  The US delegation is apparently proceeding on its own in its push for the Netcasting Treaty.

Some have suggested that the US Delegation has been persuaded by a few lobbyists for a few large companies, in particular Yahoo.

We believe that we may be able to persuade the US Delegation to change sides and oppose the treaty.

In any case, Congress should hold hearings, solicit public comment, and hold workshops on the the proposed "netcaster's right" and the proposed Broadcast Flag mandate.

We intend to persuade Congress to hold hearings and to take seriously, at this juncture, the rights of authors, the rights of owners of home computers, and the rights of citizens to speak freely using our Net.

We cannot do this alone.  We need the help of thousands more.  In particular, we need your help.

      We must get Congress to recognize that they, and not the US Delegation to WIPO, are the responsible authorities.  Thus our side must first convince Congress to take seriously their responsibilities at this juncture and abide by the law, in particular the Constitution of the United States.
       
      1. Write to your Senators and your Representative. Inform them about the Treaty.  Congress is the proper body to consider, and make or reject, laws of such great effect on our Net.  Certainly the US delegation to WIPO has no power to make such laws.  Therefore ask that Congress take up the issues of whether we should impose this new general regulation of the Net, and whether we should impose the Broadcast Flag in order to support the proposed radical restrictions on free speech using the Net.
      2. Write directly to the US delegation expressing your opposition. Call for formal public examination by the Copyright Office of the proposed treaty.
      3. Learn about the Netcasting Treaty.  Consider how it would affect you, and how it would affect your brothers and sisters and colleagues and fellow workers and users of the Net.
      4. Join New Yorkers for Fair Use and other organizations and individuals when we argue against the treaty.