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March 25, 2002

Line in the sand It is no exaggeration to say that, right here, right now, the American entertainment industry wants to destroy your way of life. Dan Gillmor sums up the clear and present danger.

I’m not summarizing or quoting. Gillmor’s column is short enough as it is. Read it and consider doing what he suggests. This is a cusp. It’s your future. [12:58 PM]

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Tim Kyger ::: (view all by) ::: March 31, 2002, 11:05 PM:

I am frankly amazed that no one has yet commented on this post. Perhaps it is because everyone is in general agreement?aaIn any case, this is one area where I have some actual expertise, having been on the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for two years (1 Jan. 1995 through 1 April 1997). This is the authorization committee that Senator Hollings sits on, and that he is the current Chairman of. (Hollings is also on the Appropriations Committee, FWIW.) This is the committee that would ostensibly pass this hideous bill and would then send it on to the Senate floor for a vote (a long journey yet; there's lots of hope still). (Especially since you also have to get a similar bill outa the House too, and then there's a Conference Committee for this bill to die in...)aaThe single most important subcommittee of the Commerce Committee is its Subcommittee on Communications, which has as its jurisdiction the entire gamut of IT -- computers, the FCC, the phone lines, you name it. Hundreds of billions of dollars of commerce per year just in the U.S. economy alone.aaHollings, of course, is the Chair of this Subcommittee (just as McCain was when the Republicans had control of the Senate).aaHere's Hollings' fax number: 202/224-4293.aaIf he's like most of his Senate colleagues, this fax is only on reciving incoming starting about 10am ET through 4pm ET, and forget Mondays and Fridays and weekends. (These are the observed hours for Senator Mikulski's fax, for example.)aaDon't try to call; it doesn't count much. Don't try to email either ; it counts for **nothing.** Either write a snail mail letter, or fax a letter. These are the two forms of suchlike communications that count. (It's a long story why -- about 5K words of explanation. Trust me, will ya?)