Save Betamax Tuesday

By Jon Newton 9/09/04

 Downhill Battle has come up with another Tuesday Demo echoing its highly successful Grey Tuesday when EMI took a shot at DJ Danger Mouse's Grey Album mix ...

... and missed, thanks largely to the DHB action.

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They're aiming to repeat the success with a national call-in Save Betamax Tuesday, September 14, to support the 1984 Betamax ruling and oppose the anti-p2p INDUCE Act.

In Sony Corp vs. Universal City Studios the Supreme Court ruled movie studios couldn't hold VCR manufacturers liable when customers made copies because VCRs also had "substantial non-infringing uses".

INDUCE would both undermine the Betamax decision and, "put a foot on the throat of anyone coming to market with a new device, software product, or home networking system that handles copyrighted content," as Gary Shapiro, chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC) summed it up recently.

This latest Tuesday action calls for tech law experts, bloggers, activists, artists, and regular internet users to barrage senate power-brokers with phone calls.

Will the industry's BSA (Business Software Alliance) join the action, one wonders?

"We urge you to ensure that beneficial technologies are not put at risk by the need to stop badactors and to avoid overbroad or ambiguous standards that could chill innovation, deprive consumers of access to beneficial new technologies and encourage costly litigation," said Robert Holleyman, the organization's president and ceo, in a statement which might have been taken almost word-for-word from INDUCE opponents.

The BSA membership list includes: Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Bentley Systems, Borland, Internet Security Systems, Macromedia, NC Software/Mastercam, Microsoft, Network Associates, SolidWorks, Sybase, Symantec, UGS PLM Solutions, VERITAS Software. 'Policy' members are Cisco Systems, Entrust, HP, IBM, Intel, Intuit, RSA Security.


Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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