Kazablog has the scoop on our Senator Gordon Smith's love affair with big media and how that affair could choke technological innovations:
And the story is this...our Republican Senator Gordon Smith wants to kill the next iPod Or DVD. Or...you name the innovation. It was all protected in the past by a somewhat archaic legal concept called "fair use". And our moralistic, supposedly free-market loving Senator has introduced a bill that would change that historical definition. And try to make consumer electronics manufacturers pay for something that they cannot quantify...a new market. And to force you, as a consumer to pay for ANY and ALL uses of content going forward.
And how does this help big media?
A consumer would not be able to record over-the-air local news on her broadcast-flag compliant digital video recorder in her living room and play it back on a non-compliant player in her bedroom.
A member of Congress could not email a clip of his appearance on the national news to his home office.
A consumer would not be able to record analog home movies using a digital camcorder and transfer them to a computer in order to make a DVD...
And much more...
You must be wondering if this story could be true because there hasn't been a peep in the local news about it... not even the Oregonian has written about their little darling Smith's plan. Kaza knows why:
...big money wanted a favor...and Smith is all too willing to give it to them. In this case, big BROADCAST money. And therein lies the explanation for why NO major media outlet in Oregon is bothering to report on Smith's handy (to them) little legislation. Namely because they are all behind it (yes, even the b'Oregonian's owners, Newhouse, have significant broadcast interests).
So, all our future gadgets will have backdoors for warrantless wiretapping and they won't be able to do any of the convenient, cool things we envision. And which countries will be wanting to import these gadgets from America? Oh, probably Iran, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan... That's America's free market for you!