Feeds

Consumer groups rally against Hatch's Induce Act

Faxed your Senator yet?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Have you faxed your Senator yet? The opposition to Senator Hatch's 'Induce' Act may have got off to a spluttering start, but is now hitting its stride. Hatch wants to introduce a new crime of "inducement" to infringe a copyrighted work in order to close down the P2P networks. The RIAA says it isn't designed to target manufacturers - but no one believes them.

The Consumers Union, publishers of Consumer Reports has produced a very articulate sample letter to your Senator, urging Congress debate the issue. A copy can be found here. A petition by Mac fans to "Save the iPod" has also produced a sample fax, and according to the website over 2,500 have been sent.

The first one is much better, because it suggests a path of action and also because it doesn't contain the phrase "the natural advance of technology". (The electric cattle prod, Microsoft's PowerPup and the Dark Ages are three things that spring to mind. But you can see what they mean).

Our piece stimulated some fascinating mail, with one from Chris Capel offering an explanation on why we're so useless at making a case.

"Two considerations come to mind," he writes.

"One, most people in America have no interest in politics and do not keep up with political activities. Even if half of these people are 'on the Internet', that doesn't mean they're any more likely to read weblogs. Thus, the only exposure, if any, that they get to these issue is a five second spot on the nightly news, or a paragraph in the daily paper."

"Two, the internet community, in general, is very grassroots. It has no large amounts of money behind it. If it's not in the interests of a company or intsitution somewhere to lobby for a particular cause, it doesn't matter how many bloggers or online tech writers support that cause - it's not going to get lobbied. ®

Related stories

Dirty rotten inducers - the law the IT world deserves?
US Senator would destroy MP3 traders' PCs
Senator Hatch's Napster Epiphany
[vintage pre-Damascus Orrin Hatch, from October 2000]

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.