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November 23, 2004 | Permalink


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I wouldn't relax just yet. This history has been that after this stuff is defeated, it is brought back in as a midnight amendment just before the final vote. Or else a totally different bill, hammered out behind closed doors, is substituted at the last minute and voted through.

So don't take you eyes off the ball.


Posted by: Cranky Observer | Nov 23, 2004 10:40:23 AM

These days, it happens when the conference committee puts back in whatever insane stuff the Senate initially took out, and then the Senate GOP goes along with literally every demand of the House GOP leadership.

Posted by: Haggai | Nov 23, 2004 10:50:44 AM

So, I looked at the actual bills to determine what's going on here (the Wired article links to the House bill (HR2391), and the new Senate bill (S3021)). And here's what I found out: the hysteria about making fast forward illegal is just that, hysteria. It has no basis in reality.

The provision we are talking about is an EXEMPTION from the copyright law. Absolutely no new infringing activities would have been added to the copyright law.

If removing commercials is not an infringing activity now, neither of these bills would have made it into an infringing activity. (Conversely, if removing commercials IS an infringing activity now, then PERHAPS the Senate bill exempts it, since the language it written quite broadly.)

The House bill would have been a wash for commercial-skippers. The Senate bill may actually affirmatively protect them, depending on whether commercial skipping is currently an infringing activity, and whther the broad language in the Senate bill would be construed to protect commercial-skippers.

Posted by: Al | Nov 23, 2004 12:08:52 PM

And here's what I found out: the hysteria about making fast forward illegal is just that, hysteria. It has no basis in reality.

I always know my points hit home when Stalker Al shows up.

Posted by: Al | Nov 23, 2004 12:34:08 PM

Hmmm, now I'm starting to see why Time-Warner made some of their big political donations...have to protect the advertisers, huh?

Posted by: notelling | Nov 23, 2004 3:58:58 PM

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