Luke Melia


September 29, 2004

Save Betamax, Stop INDUCE

I just made calls to my senators about the INDUCE Act. Today is a mobilization day organized by Downhill Battle and the EFF. The “Betamax” refers to a Supreme Court decision that protects our right to make and own technology that can potentially be used for copyright violations. Think iPods, computers, CD burners…

The entertainment industry is scared and their solution is a law that would take away those rights and stifle technological innovation. They felt the same way when the VCR first appeared but after the VCR was protected by the BetaMax decision, the movie industry went on to grow video sales into 50% of it’s revenue.

The entertainment industry can win either way here. If BetaMax gets nullified, everyone else loses.

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