Saturday, June 24, 2006

Something Important To Consider

Prevuze readers old enough to remember when Doug and Julie were a hot ticket can also remember when the first VCRs came on the market. Along with this terrific new technology, which allowed us to go to work AND watch DOOL, came the first volley of panic from the empty suits who ran (and still run) the media companies. This assault came in the form of a lawsuit now known as the Betamax Case. In a nutshell, if the greedy corporate sleazebags had won, it would now be illegal to record television shows. Period. But they lost, and thus ended Media WWI.

Times have changed, but sleazebags haven't. We would never resort to name-calling, but today's brand of moronic corporate pus sacks have decided we shouldn't be able to record anything digitally. And, by the way, in the not-too-distant future, that's the only way we'll be able to get this content. In other words, all of us nostalgia buffs get to really go back to the seventies, before VCRs. And they are fighting Media WWII with nukes in the form of big money to your congress person and mine.

Under the new series of laws proposed by these avaricious Neanderthals, you will not be able to record digital TV, record music off of a digital radio or make a copy of the latest Trashmonkeys CD in case it melts in the sun. And every single Prevuze picture would be subject to a $10,000 fine. YIKES! There is a lot more to this, but our space and your time are too limited to go into it. Suffice it to say, they don't want more of your money... they want all of it.

"What," you may ask, "can I do? I'm just lil'-ole-me!" You have several options. You can support these laws thereby proving the sleazebags have kidnapped your last brain cell and are holding it hostage for its full value - zero. Or you can act like half the women of Salem and stand around blubbering and squealing while someone else dukes it out. The best course of action, however, would be to let your congress person know if s/he votes for this legislation you will use every ounce of your being to see to it that s/he is never even elected dog catcher again.

It's really simple. Visit the website eff.org and watch the little video for more information. Then click on the Audio Flag, Broadcast Flag and Analog Hole pictures at the right. Fill out the forms and the Electronic Frontier Foundation will automatically figure out who your senators and congress person are and notify them.

"That's too hhhaaarrrddd," Whines Belle.

OK. Let's make it even more simple:

Click here to oppose the Digital Transition Content Security Act (H.R. 4569)

Click here to oppose Broadcast Flag Legislation in Telecom Reform Bills

Click here to oppose Music Industry Over-Regulation of Digital Radio

It is very important to go to all three of the links above.

The well-known and respected Electronic Frontier Foundation is spearheading this effort. Well-regarded industry analysts Leo Laporte and John Dvorak have expressed pessimism about defeating this legislation. We need all the help we can get.

And ask your friends who care to visit this link to oppose these greedy dim bulbs.

Thank you. Now let's get back to the serious business of having some fun...

10 Comments:

Blogger Reality Checker said...

First and foremost, I challenge every single member of Second Chances to go say their piece on this important topic. Then, I challenge the Blue Note, Connotator (sp?), and Jarlena fans to follow suit in this rally. Ya'll aren't gonna let the 2nd Chances folks kick your butts again are ya? Stand up with us. Protect our rights to watch when we get home!

Now, on to our fantastic author of Prevuze.... YOU are fantastic. Has anyone told you that today? I enjoy your daily editions of Prevuze more than the show. So much so, that it's the central way I keep up with what's happening on DOOL. THANK YOU for all you do.

You've officially reached a new level of hero for me. Normally, when someone wants to bring your's and my attention to something, it's mundane and I barely skim the data. In your usual wit, you have made me not just read what you had to say, but as soon as I finish this note, I will be hitting all three of your links to voice my concerns.

You're the bomb!

6:26 AM  
Anonymous applecheeks said...

The impact of these laws on individuals would be ugly, but the entire set of telecommunications laws would have a myriad of negative results on a much larger scope as well.

The big telecom companies could cherry-pick which neighborhoods get cable and which don't (i.e., the rich one get it).

Local communities would no longer have authority over cable franchising. That would go to the FCC, so federal bureaucracy would be handling local cable use disputes.

The telecoms tried this at the state level this year (in Missouri) and failed, so they have moved it up to the federal level.

I could go on and on, but go to the sites that Prevuze provides and let your Congress people know how you feel about these topics!!!!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Bulldog said...

Thanks, Prevuze, for giving us the links to voice our opinions. If every Prevuze reader could vote think how many that would be.

I will try to copy and forward the info to as many folks as I can.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the links - I had no idea the greedy sleazeballs were perpetuation this nonsense!!

Excellent Prevuze this morning, as always. About Patch and Kayla in the preview - what's her reaction to him saying she's not his wife anymore? Does she look shochek/hurt/devastated? I'm lovin' MBE - she's totally rocking this storyline with the whole gamut of emotions! SN is awesome as well. :)

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh - nasty grammar this morning - that should have read 'perpetuating' and 'shocked', LOL.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the info.
I immediately sent the emails.
Your writing style on this was so clear and funny. I will remove all soap opera references and email your post to my friends and colleagues.
question: would the letters have more impact if they were sent via snail mail instead?

7:51 AM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

"would the letters have more impact if they were sent via snail mail instead?"

I think they probably would have more impact if sent by snail mail directly to your congress person or senator, but I believe the emails do make an impact.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

"what's her reaction to him saying she's not his wife anymore?"

The standard Daze blank stare.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Law Student 2011 said...

Hmmmmm, I believe that I have several chat boards that could use this information. I believe that this is one thing that ALL soap fans can agree on.

4:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am also challenging one of the fastest growing fanbase websites, Forbidden Love to oppose this with you..once again, lobbyists pouring money into the pockets of legislators who do not bother to read any analysis of a bill will have to be educated at a grass roots level.

laurnsnana

10:31 AM  

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