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You've got a friend in Congress

By Mr. Piccolo in News
Wed Apr 18, 2001 at 04:07:08 PM EST
Tags: Freedom (all tags)
Freedom

Draconian copyright legislation got you down? Well, Representative Rick Boucher wants to help you.


Rick Boucher, a Democrat, feels the same way many of you do about the DMCA, that it's too harsh on the consumer and is unfairly biased to benefit the big entertainment companies. That's why he's planning to introduce legislation that will amend copyright law to ease some of the restrictions in the DMCA. The writeup tries to hide it under a wash of op-ed, but it's there at the end, trust me.

Now, if only those bloody Republicans didn't control the Government....

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DMCA
o Ruined my life 27%
o Is harsh, but I'll manage 32%
o Hasn't bothered me 9%
o Has been a boon to me 1%
o Is the coolest thing since sliced bread 13%
o What's it stand for, anyway? "Diesel Motor Car Association"? 15%

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You've got a friend in Congress | 19 comments (4 topical, 15 editorial, 0 hidden)
Democrats, Republicans, and copyright (4.73 / 15) (#3)
by Delirium on Wed Apr 11, 2001 at 10:31:01 PM EST

Now, if only those bloody Republicans didn't control the Government...

That's a pretty simplistic, not to mention wrong, partisan analysis. Democrats are actually more likely to support Draconian copyright-control legislation, largely due to their close ties with the motion picture and music industries. Of course this is a generalization, but it holds true more often than the reverse (which you seem to be implying) does.

there's no difference (4.66 / 3) (#15)
by Sikpup on Fri Apr 13, 2001 at 03:08:45 AM EST

The vast majority of congress, democrat or republican, vote the way their major sponsors pay them to vote. A political contribution of the size the major players pay is a bribe - it is that plain and simple. It is a rare person that goes against this trend, or an issue that has so riled up constituents that the threat of being voted out becomes serious. Otherwise, we have the best congress money can buy.


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He's a good man... (4.50 / 4) (#5)
by LocalH on Wed Apr 11, 2001 at 10:48:09 PM EST

...I've met him personally when he came to our facilities and participated in A Closer Look, a weekly look at the issues around us (although a half-hearted look if you ask me). He knows mostly what's going on, and knows how to fix it.

Author omitted some important facts.... (5.00 / 7) (#9)
by yankeehack on Thu Apr 12, 2001 at 10:23:37 AM EST

Just for the record, Mr. Boucher is no mere Congressman.

For starters, he's the guy who wrote the Boucher Bill in 1992. The very same Boucher Bill which opened up the Internet to us mere folks (the bill changed the NSF use policy to allow commercial use).


No one who was bad in bed has ever been good in life (i.e. liberals, I've never had sex with a liberal woman who knew how to use her body.) Keeteel :-P I'm *right*!

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