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IPac sends iPods to first round of senators

IPac today announced that it has shipped the first 12 iPods to Senatorial campaign committees as part of the group’s “Your Senator Needs an iPod” campaign, which was created to help enlighten Senators who work on legislation affecting technology on the importance of balancing copyright and the public interest. Senators receiving iPods include Gordon Smith (R-OR), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), John Sununu (R-NH), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Conrad Burns (R-MT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), John Ensign (R-NV), John Kerry (D-MA), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), George Allen (R-VA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Trent Lott (R-MS).

The iPods sent were pre-loaded with a bounty of public domain and Creative Commons-licensed content, all of which IPac has made available for free download. Each iPod has music from artists such as Chuck D and The Beastie Boys, hundreds of photos from flickr.com, and classic literature such as the complete works of Shakespeare. Stanford Professor Lawrence Lessig also recorded a special video presentation specifically for IPac’s campaign that was included on the Senator’s iPods and is now available for download.

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This is the lamest project I’ve heard of.  Not trying to be a hater…it’s just pointless. 

The iPod is not for carrying around old/dated/public domain tracks…it’s for carrying around the music you wanna hear.

Seriously who’s gonna be impressed by an iPod full of public domain and Creative Commons-licensed material?

And…how come it took so long to get these things out?  I remember reading about IPac’s plan a long time ago.

Posted by Talking Madness on April 12, 2006 at 2:53 PM (CDT)


I’m sure cost was one reason it took so long- twelve iPods at $300 each isn’t exactly cheap.

Posted by Eric on April 12, 2006 at 3:09 PM (CDT)


Pre-loaded ey? So what happens when these presumably tech unsavvy people plug them into their computers and click “Yes, I’d love to associate my iPod with my library with nothing in it”

Well, I’ll tell you what happens, they’ll lose everything.

I can think of hundreds of ways this money could be better spent, me being one of them :-p

Posted by silver_haze20 on April 12, 2006 at 3:26 PM (CDT)


so they get em for free while one senator can afford all 12 of them…

Posted by thedevil on April 12, 2006 at 3:28 PM (CDT)


Good idea to send one to Kay Bailey Hutchinson…


She completely ignores her constituents that disagree with her views.  She’s even sent contradictory replies to people who’ve written in asking her to fight for their position.  When she was asked to help fight off the FCC’s censorship efforts, she wrote back detailing how she wants to help the FCC censor even more material from air.

Posted by ajservo on April 12, 2006 at 3:35 PM (CDT)



I’m sure it was the money.  I just feel they could’ve raised $3,600 a lot faster than they seemingly did.

Maybe the money took so long to come in because people didn’t see the IPac effort as an imperative.

Posted by Talking Madness on April 12, 2006 at 5:08 PM (CDT)


Not to mention, there is a $50 gift limit for congressman and senators.  I’m not sure if they would legally be able to keep them with this being a special interest group of sorts…and they are effectively lobbying congress.

Posted by bluecow on April 12, 2006 at 11:52 PM (CDT)


ajservo listens to the russ martin show :D

Posted by zetec on April 13, 2006 at 5:31 AM (CDT)


Yeah, but just because you’re not legally SUPPOSED to keep an iPod because it’s over $50 doesn’t mean that you’ll forget about that rule ;). Accidentally, of course.

Posted by JDCMAN on April 13, 2006 at 9:27 AM (CDT)


Really, isn’t this bribery? Giving a $300 device to Senators or their aides surely violates the rule for gifts.

This is stupid. Are the ipods on loan?

Posted by M on April 13, 2006 at 9:31 AM (CDT)


Please, read up before you start making accusations.  The reason these iPods are preloaded with so much material is two fold:  First, to show the senators right off the bat what an iPod is capable of, and to give them some food for thought; and second, because while gifts are limited to $50 or so, educational materials are not.

Also, this initiative was sparked after one Senator got an iPod for Christmas, and suddenly was able to ask some really tough questions of the RIAA.  Among other things, he found that most of what he liked to do with it (recording radio shows to listen to later, for example) would be illegal if the RIAA got its way.  This is a very smart campaign that is designed to wake up these other senators to these realities as well.

Posted by JClark on April 13, 2006 at 9:55 AM (CDT)


Leo Laport’s TWiT has a special edition interview with the founders of IPAC.
I don’t think the Ipods are meant to impress the senators, more like let the senators interact with technology that they are unfamiliar with and don’t understand.

IPAC was able to get around the gift rule by actually donating the Ipods as a campaign contribution. They hope to get the senators to use the ipods to view commercials, store contacts, and learn how valuable technology can be.

Posted by Elemeno^P on April 13, 2006 at 9:59 AM (CDT)


At least JClark understands what this is really all about.

Lawmakers in this country are absolutely clueless when it comes to fair use rights (and technology in general).  Look at the DMCA they passed!  There’s all the proof you need right there of how out of touch they are with consumers.

I think this is a great idea.  Sure, it’s only 12 senators, but it’s a start.  The more educated lawmakers become with technology, then perhaps the less likely they’ll be to pass draconian laws that only serve to punish the consumer of that technology.

Posted by Stymyx on April 13, 2006 at 11:21 AM (CDT)


You are right on JClark. Say no more.
And guys, please don’t hate cause the iPods didn’t go to your hand. and if you had experience in carrying out a “project”, it takes time from planning to the happening.

Posted by phil kam on April 13, 2006 at 1:00 PM (CDT)


I think this is a great idea.

Posted by dawnview on April 13, 2006 at 3:08 PM (CDT)


Listen to this week’s special TWIT podcast to learn more about IPac and the associated iPod giveaway before mouthing off and making idiotic, uneducated statements.

Posted by The Raven on April 13, 2006 at 3:13 PM (CDT)


And simply looking at wording in the original article above: it wasn’t just 12 random Senators these got sent to, but specifically ones “who work on legislation affecting technology”. Plus, these are the FIRST 12, meaning it’s the start of a more far-reaching project.

And what’s wrong with old public domain stuff? I’d love an iPod preloaded with public domain Warner Brothers cartoons.

Posted by Multimoog on April 13, 2006 at 5:58 PM (CDT)


Too bad the problem isn’t ignorance.  If you hadn’t noticed, politicians are shills and hypocrites.

Posted by Terence Roll on April 15, 2006 at 9:41 PM (CDT)


Not to be hate’n, but gimme a break. What’s next?  Putting it in a goodie bag for Star Jones or Paris Hilton when they go to Sean’s Miami White Party?
How about sending these things out to underprivileged kids instead.

Posted by dwNYC on April 17, 2006 at 12:40 PM (CDT)


can you PLEASE give me an iPod vedio

Posted by Aiman Rahman on April 23, 2006 at 7:31 AM (CDT)

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