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EFF Newsletter - June 13, 2006

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 12:12 PM

EFFector Vol. 19, No. 22 June 13, 2006 editor@eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

In the 382th Issue of EFFector:

* EFF Launches New Animation - Stop Hollywood's
* S1RA Update: Encouraging Signs from DC
* Line Noise talks S1RA: a new EFF Podcast
* miniLinks (8): Hilary Rosen - I Don't Like the RIAA
* Administrivia

For more information on EFF activities & alerts:

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* EFF Launches New Animation - Stop Hollywood's

In 2006 the entertainment industry asked the government to
give it incredible new powers -- the broadcast flag, digital
radio restrictions, and control over all analog-to-digital

But in the future, those super powers will become the
Corruptibles, three villains that invade your home, break
your devices, and stop legitimate uses. EFF has launched a
new Flash animation today that features exclusive, breaking
news footage from the future:

The Corruptibles aren't real, but the powers that they
represent could be. Don't let the entertainment industry
try this at home. Find out more about the proposed laws and
write your representatives now.

You can also watch The Corruptibles on EFF's MySpace page,
Google Video, and YouTube.

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* S1RA Update: Encouraging Signs from DC

Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet,
and Intellectual Property simultaneously introduced and
approved H.R. 5553, the Section 115 Reform Act (S1RA, aka
SIRA). Although the measure still contains dangerous
language that threatens fair use, Representatives Boucher
(D-Va.) and Lofgren (D-Ca.) both explicitly stated at the
hearing that they were aware of the problems and would work
to fix them before the full Judiciary Committee acts on the
bill. Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wi.), who runs the
full committee, has also expressed a preference for a
consensus draft, not one awash in the unnecessary
controversy created by the dangerous language that the music
publishers are trying to smuggle aboard the bill.

Here's the upshot: so far, so good. The faxes and phone
calls made a difference, alerting members of Congress that
the music publishers were trying to pull a fast one. If we
keep the pressure up, this can hopefully be cleaned up at
the full committee, resulting in a sensible, focused
solution to the digital music licensing mess, rather than a
vehicle that lets the music industry plant a flag on
unrelated fair use turf.

It's not clear whether the full Judiciary Committee will be
able to act on S1RA before the summer recess, so it's
important that the members of the committee continue to hear
from you. Here's the message, in a nutshell:

Digital music licensing reform is a good idea, but careful
amendments are needed to ensure that if you're engaged in
lawful activities, you don't need a separate copyright
license for every "incidental copy" made along the way;
there is no implication that those who lawfully transmit
over the Internet need an additional "distribution license"
from copyright owners; and nothing in the bill forces us (or
technology companies) to pay additional license fees to
enjoy our home taping rights.

Take action on S1RA:

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* Line Noise talks S1RA: a new EFF Podcast

Want to learn more about S1RA and why it's dangerous? In
the second edition of EFF's Line Noise podcast, we spend a
few minutes walking through the controversy with EFF Senior
Staff Attorney Fred von Lohmann.

To download and subscribe to Line Noise:

For EFF podcast PSAs:

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* miniLinks
miniLinks features noteworthy news items from around the

~ Hilary Rosen: I Don't Like the RIAA Lawsuits
Doesn't much like DRM these days, either.

~ Quitting Verizon
Take a moral stance, get a free month of service!

~ Death by DMCA
Wendy Seltzer, Fred von Lohmann spell out the gizmos that

~ Anti-Trust, Anti-Privacy
ACLU asks the FCC to hold the AT&T-BellSouth merger, until
the allegations of NSA data mining are investigated.

~ Yahoo Boss Not Sure if He'd Collaborate With Nazis
Search engine executive meets Godwin's Law.

~ Inside the Battle for EU Software Patents
Florian Mueller self-publishes his take on lobbying in

~ Brin Says Google Compromised Principles
Can Google backtrack now?

~ Google Backtracks
Brin reaffirms that Google will remain in China.

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* Administrivia

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