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Protect technological innovation. Kill the INDUCE Act.

One of the most important political actions taking place lately has been the campaign over at http://www.savebetamax.org . In the course of one week, they have organized thousands of people to call their congressional representatives today to oppose the INDUCE Act.

What is the INDUCE Act? It's legislation designed to undermine a previous Supreme Court ruling that allows people to create and use technology -- such as VCRs, iPods, TiVos, CDRs, DVD-R's, etc. -- so long as there are legitimate legal uses for the device. What Hollywood would like to do is prevent these devices from functioning in ways that make sense, taking away features such as the "record button" from future devices, or outlawing them completely.

Congress, at the request of lobbyists in the recording and motion picture industry, is on the verge of passing the INDUCE Act, despite the complaints of numerous manufacturers that the law will kill innovation and potentially kill new industries in the process. VCRs and the video rental industry, for instance, would not exist today if it weren't for the previous Supreme Court decision. If allowed to pass, the INDUCE Act will kill future jobs dead, or send them overseas where legal restrictions don't exist.

Fortunately, today you can do something about this. Visit http://www.savebetamax.org and fill in their form. They'll send you information on how to call your representative. Tell them that you are calling to oppose the INDUCE Act and that you want your representative to support technological growth. That's it... it takes no time at all.

I called my Congressperson, Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-4965 *AND* Senator John Mccain's office at 202-224-2235 in under one minute flat, and they got the message. They're getting a lot of messages today. Good. Give them more. The truth is that too few politicians hear from the public on these kinds of issues, but that they do hear from Hollywood's lobbyists and they do accept their campaign contributions.

You can have your say today, and make it count. All it takes is a visit to http://www.savebetamax.org and a quick, inexpensive phone call or two.

Oh, and if you also agree that this is an important matter, please feel free to link others to this post, or to copy it outright in your journal. Thanks!
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