Senator “Disney Owns My Ass In Campaign Contributions” Hollings has finally formally introduced the law formerly known as the SSSCA, now known as the user friendly “Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA)”. Because lord knows that the best way to promote high speed internet is to offer rights-crippled Hollywood crap! Yeah! That’s the way! “Oh, don’t worry, we know all about Fair Use and we’ll respect it.” If they do that, it completely negates their bill, since ANY fair use that’s truly fair would put this ‘protected’ content in the clear, ruining the whole point. That’s just lip service.
This is the end of all notions of free digital information. Linux is about to become illegal. All your legacy stereo speakers which could transmit data in the clear (ie, ‘audible to human ears’) are going to be illegal. Now begins the thousand year rule of AOL-TimeWarnerDisneyVivendiUniversalMicroSonyCorp America(tm).
God, I can’t even express how pissed off I am. I could sit here hammering out logical arguement after sensible counterpoint and I know it’s not going to matter. I could mail my representatives (I did). I could encourage everybody I know to do the same (I am). And I know it’s not going to matter — people voted against this thing by using Napster, and our Senate doesn’t care. They’re too busy suckling at the nipples of the Big Five media corporations, ignoring the death of our IT industry, ignoring the simple fallicies that prove this thing is not going to work and is just going to be a giant mess…
Basically, I feel totally powerless. All I can do is try to yell, but I’m an ant in an ant farm owned by an annoying 11 year old whose only source of fun is applying a magnifying glass angled at the sun on me. I am not proud to be an American right now. I have the urge to run the flag upside down. I don’t care if I’m overreacting; this is the perception that my elected officials are giving me, that I DO NOT MATTER, and that nothing will change a future that only the most pessimistic of science fiction authors could predict.
I hope you all enjoy your RealWare IP-safety assured consumer lifestyles. Because you have no choice. Kneel before Zod.
Tomorrow morning I get my toenail taken care of with a novicane needle and an electrolysis thing. It is going to suck. And I don’t care. And if you post in my journal that I’m being silly, I will ram my severed toenail underneath your eyelid. This is my goddamn journal and I will rant if I want to. Want me to stop? Stop your fatcat dogshit representatives from doing this. But good luck trying.