The entertainment "biz" wants to do for the Federal govt, what it has already done for Los Angeles -- create a haven for the "biz", but destroying all other commercial enterprises in the process. In the 1980's, the biz succeeded in driving out nearly every other type of enterprise from the city of Los Angeles, and yet, after all of the tax breaks, etc., the biz is still moving more and more of its own jobs outside LA, and outside the US. (Note that most economic growth in Southern California is in Orange & Ventura & San Bernadino counties, not in Los Angeles county.) If the biz has its way, copyright-protected jobs will comprise 100% of the US economy, but in order to achieve this, they will have moved nine times as many jobs out of the country. They support Kerry and moan about all the other industries outsourcing jobs, but in fact, the biz is among the worst offenders in the outsourcing racket. Ask any musician in LA -- nearly all orchestral recording is done in England and other non-US locations. Ask any animator -- the jobs have moved to New Zealand. These guys have no scruples and no shame. No one should listen to them. At 10:44 AM 10/28/2004, Craig Birkmaier wrote: >Add Bob Wright of NBC to the looooong list of entrenched media moguls >who want their friends in Congress to protect their dying business >model. Today Wright called on Congress to help the media moguls in >their fight for copyright protection, saying that the Copyright >Clause (of the Constitution) is under "enormous pressure and requires >our vigilant attention." > >I've got to agree with him. But the question is, where is the >enormous pressure coming from? > >The big media conglomerates have been behind the gutting of the >intent of the Copyright clause of the constitution, with 11 changes >in the past century alone. > >Talk about the pot calling the kettle black... > >Regards >Craig > >Wright Issues Call To Copyright Action > >By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/28/2004 11:42:00 AM > >Add Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution to the freedoms NBC >Universal Chairman Robert Wright is intent on defending. > >In Washington to accept a First Amendment award from the Media >Institute, Wright, the dean of network chiefs, sent a message to >legislators, regulators and whoever else was listening that his >company is ready to lead the fight for copyright protection, saying >the Copyright Clause is under "enormous pressure and requires our >vigilant attention." > >Pointing to a recording industry "decimated by illegal downloads," he >said unrestricted digital copying threatened a $1.25 trillion >business--television, movies, publishing and software--"whose capital >is composed almost entirely of intellectual property," as well as the >sectors that support those industries or depend on them. > >Together, they comprise 12% of the nation's GNP and 11 million jobs, >he said. "I don't think the government gets it," he said. But Wright >wasn't done tallying up the cost. > > "Add in the intellectual property components of other commercial >activity [the kinds his parent, GE, is involved in]...say, >pharmaceuticals, engineering, semiconductors, microtechnologies, and >its entirely likely that more than 20% of our national economy could >be traced to intellectual property of some sort. This is a very big >piece of the national pie to have at risk." > >Wright also said it was a "terrible mistake" to assume that >intellectual property violations were a price or the necessary >byproduct of the transition to digital. > >Wright said that technology, not legislation, is the best solution to >intellectual property theft, but he also said that government needed >to create "new rules of the road for the digital world...that >encourage technological progress yet at the same time uphold the >values that make commerce possible." > >His suggestions: > >1. Support a house Judiciary Committee package of antipiracy bills >"currently in limbo". > >2. Find some compromise in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the >so-called induce legislation targeted at peer-to-peer file sharing. > >3. Support Attorney General John Ashcroft's proposed intellectual >property protection recommendations. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.