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Help stop the WIPO broadcast/netcast treaty

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Feb 15, 2006 05:41 PM
It's like the DMCA, but worse.

Please tell Congress and the US Delegation to WIPO not to unilaterally impose communications and copyright policies by international treaty.

The Broadcast Flag is back, and it's bigger and it's crazier and it's stronger and, almost incredibly, it's even more un-Constitutional than before!

There is more to the Netcaster's Treaty than the Broadcast Flag. The Netcasters' Treaty would take away copyright from authors and hand copyright-like powers to all "netcasters".

And there is even more to the treaty than the Broadcast Flag and the attack on copyright. The treaty would grant "netcasters" power to prevent distribution of works in the public domain, just because the "netcaster" puts the work into a "netcast".

The much-derided Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) became United States law in 1998 as a fulfillment of treaty obligations enacted in the same way the Netcasters Treaty is being pursued -- and the Netcasters Treaty is far worse.

We can't let that happen again.

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