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It is essential because there has been No Debate in the Appropriations Committee over the Broadcast Flag; there needs to be debate and no room for deniability by attending Senators.
The EFF reports: You Have 48 Hours to Stop the Broadcast Flag June 20, 2005
Rumor is afoot that Hollywood is taking another crack at the Broadcast Flag on Capitol Hill, this time by sneaking a Flag provision into an appropriations bill before the Senate.
If what we hear is true, the provision will be introduced before a subcommittee tomorrow and before the full appropriations committee on Thursday. That gives us 48 hours to stop it.
From http://boingboing.net/ Cory Doctorow writes (don't know who Doctorow is? shame on you. I can tell he's very emotional right now) :
URGENT: Call your Senator RIGHT NOW or live with the goddamned Broadcast Flag forever! Danny sez,
We've heard rumors that the Broadcast Flag that Cory, the EFF, and a coalition of pressure groups have fought so hard against (and beat in the courts) will be sneaked back via an amendment to the giant Senate Appropriations Bill in a sub-committee at 2PM EST on Tuesday 21st. This week is Hollywood's last chance to ram the flag past Congress, and they're working hard to get it under the radar.
There's no time to write letters or start a media campaign: but folk in the states below have just enough time to warn their senators, who are all on the sub-committee. People of Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin - it's up to you!
There's a sample script after the phone list. Remember: be cool, collected and polite. Most of these senators won't know a thing about the flag, until one of them makes it a throwaway amendment tomorrow. Make sure their ears twitch when they hear "broadcast flag" today.
ALABAMA Senator Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744 ALASKA Senator Ted Stevens (202) 224-3004 HAWAII Senator Daniel Inouye (202) 224-3934 IOWA Senator Tom Harkin (202) 224-3254 KANSAS Senator Sam Brownback (202) 224-6521 KENTUCKY Senator Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541 MARYLAND Senator Barbara Mikulski (202) 224-4654 MISSOURI Senator Christopher Bond (202) 224-5721 NEW HAMPSHIRE Senator Judd Gregg (202) 224-3324 NEW MEXICO Senator Pete Domenici (202) 224-6621 NORTH DAKOTA Senator Byron Dorgan (202) 224-2551 TEXAS Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (202) 224-5922 VERMONT Senator Patrick Leahy (202) 224-4242 WASHINGTON Senator Patty Murray (202) 224-2621 WISCONSIN Senator Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653
"Hello, Senator _________'s office"
"Hi, I'm a constituent. I'm registering my opposition to the broadcast flag amendment being introduced in the Senate Commerce Justice and Science Appropriations subcommittee mark-up on Tuesday, and in full committee on Thursday."
(*** You can give your own reasons for opposing the flag here. Here's a sample: ***)
"The Broadcast Flag cripples any device capable of receiving over-the-air digital broadcasts."
"It give Hollywood movie studios a permanent veto over how members of the American public use our televisions."
"It forces American innovators to beg the FCC for permission before adding new features to TV."
"It will prevent fair use of copyrighted works: critical review, and use of material in distance learning"
"This is an important issue which will affect all Americans, and should not be inserted in a large bill, at the last moment, with no debate."
"Please oppose the broadcast flag amendment. My name and address are ___________________."
"Thank you for your time."
Link (Thanks, Danny!)
Update: You can now fax and email appropriation committee members for free at the EFF's action center. Do it tonight, or live with the consequences of a Hollywood veto over your PC forever.
The Importance of writes "Think the Broadcast Flag is dead? EFF is warning that Hollywood is trying to sneak the broadcast flag into law as an amendment to a massive appropriations bill. 'If what we hear is true, the provision will be introduced before a subcommittee tomorrow and before the full appropriations committee on Thursday. That gives us 48 hours to stop it.' Action Alert here. List of Senator's phone numbers here."
Explore the listed links for more informative links.
Don't underestimate the power of quickly spread information over the internet.
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