Saturday, 27 September 2008

Call your Congressional rep now (202-225-3121) and ask them to support H.R. 7084, the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008. Pandora and other similar services need your help.

I called last night and left a message for my Congressman in Oregon, David Wu. If it's your first time, calling just know it's easy: The operator will answer the phone, you ask for your congressman by name, and they transfer you to the correct office.

I left a message for Wu last night stating that I wanted him to support the resolution because it was of a timely nature and it ensured fair ad reasonable competition, and that industry lobbyist attempts to defeat it or stall it were anticompetitive in motivation.

If you use online streaming music services like Pandora or other similar ones, their very existence may depend on this resolution, so make your voice known now. It really does make a difference.

If you don't know who your Congressperson is, you can look them up quickly here. All you need is your ZIP code.

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Saturday, 27 September 2008 07:13:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Saturday, 27 September 2008 10:33:29 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I'm not a US citizen, so no congressman for me. Otherwise I might be bothered to call or write.
Might, because since 2 years I stopped buying music that is, as I like to call it, RIAA-infected, so whatever they decide, it won't effect me.
There might be more such services but I use MagnaTune. No big names ut really, who cares about the latest Eagles fry-up, eh, I mean reunion or whatever band they send their necromancers to for revival purposes.
OK, there is good music coming from the mainstream music industry but the way they behave, is it really worth it? My answer is no, it isn't.
Back to Magnatune. Jade Leary is pretty cool.
Saturday, 27 September 2008 11:14:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Good point. I've contacted Joe Baca, but this is an issue which crosses national lines, and thus gets immersed in a myriad of international legal issues. Well, right now it's a DiMA vs. NAB fight; we'll see who wins.
Saturday, 27 September 2008 22:24:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I hear the bill passed the on to the Senate. Does calling a senator help as well?
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