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New Bill Proposed to Restrict Digital Freedom

Not sure if you guys already know about the CBDTPA bill, but it is an important bill for us iPod users and music listeners in general. The “Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act” is a plan to restrict our freedom through computers.

“The law would force all new personal computers and digital home entertainment devices sold in the United States to have government-approved “policeware” built-in. This policeware would restrict your use of copyrighted material on these devices—including music files and CD’s, video clips, DVD’s, e-books, and more.”

Sign the petition to tell these senators their bill is out of line and against our rights as citizens of the United States.

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WHOA looks like someone doesnt like canada. Im american personally, but canada is cool to. I mean, they got both Terrence and Phillip AND Steve Nash. PLUS im not sure but isnt Nickelback from Canada? They rock regardless.
AND to go back to the original subject, the MORONIC people who waste there time on creatin plans to ruin computers should focus on something more important, like feeding the hungry, or ANYTHING else…

Posted by Towelie on July 11, 2003 at 10:21 PM (CDT)


Wow….. at least you guys stopped arguing about how it sucks to have a 1st or 2nd gen iPod :rollseyes:

Posted by Dan on July 11, 2003 at 11:15 PM (CDT)


This isn’t current legislation. It was introduced and referred to committee in the 107th Congress in March 2002. It never went anywhere.

Try this Library of Congress link:
Search for S.2048

Posted by mbloss on July 11, 2003 at 11:21 PM (CDT)


For you dumb ass american (not all over you but some), we decriminalized pots, not legalized it. If you don’t know what that means, then shut your mouth.

Posted by Bob on July 12, 2003 at 1:17 AM (CDT)


canada rocks, alanis morissette comes from there

Posted by ti on July 12, 2003 at 2:04 AM (CDT)


ti: alanis morissette is demented… her music is wierd and unliked.

Bob:Way you be the big guy. Canadians…

Posted by j14 on July 12, 2003 at 7:04 AM (CDT)


ti: alanis morissette is demented… her music is wierd and unliked.

Bob:Way you be the big guy. canadians…

Posted by j14 on July 12, 2003 at 7:04 AM (CDT)


You canadians. nobody likes you.

Posted by 71229 on July 12, 2003 at 7:07 AM (CDT)


What a petty bunch of tossers. This is like a stupid Hatfield and McCoys fight. All it’s proving it who is the more STUPID.

Posted by Dan on July 12, 2003 at 11:44 AM (CDT)


Even if this bill has been dismissed it still doesn’t mean that this sort of bill is never going to pop up again. Signing the petition isn’t just for this bill. Think about it. You are telling these senators your feelings about these types of bills. What better way to convey your feelings than sign a petition.

You could also write your representatives if you dislike the petition deal. At least try and do something about it unless you are apathetic(hey, don’t blame you) or disagree(don’t know why you would disagree with freedom though).

And even if they failed at this sort of copy protecting it is the principle of the thing. It is restricting your digital freedoms. Do you want the government to have a say in your personal computer and what goes in it?

Posted by MrK540 on July 12, 2003 at 2:26 PM (CDT)


Boy, i should stir up you americans more often, 31 comments ( including mine ).

Nice topic.

I’ll say no more since i see it offends you.

Posted by Stasyna on July 12, 2003 at 3:29 PM (CDT)


Stasyna…. you better pray that America is not “neo-nazi laws and rule” as you say.

Remember that Nazi Germany took over half of Europe before it was stopped. Something tells me if the Yanks were really Nazi’s, Mexico would NOT the first neighbor they annex. Remember that Canada is the US largest source for imported oil.

Be afraid…. be very afraid! LOL!

Posted by Dan on July 12, 2003 at 5:23 PM (CDT)


Let me get this straight
Marijauna is legal in Canada?
WHY am I still here?
Someone made fun of canada for that?

Posted by Towelie on July 12, 2003 at 6:31 PM (CDT)


Well it obviously stirs up you Canadians as well (you & Bob). If it didn’t you wouldn’t keep trying to retort!

p.s. the neo-nazi rule comment was extremely retarded and malreasoned. It didn’t exactly show your educated side.

p.p.s. Apple is an American company, so be glad for America. Without it you wouldn’t have your iPods (and most of your other stuff)!

Posted by hartford on July 13, 2003 at 12:27 AM (CDT)


This is all very sad are we not mac people bandied together through our love of apple? therefore we shouldn’t allow nationalism/bigotry to creep onto this site, as I sure ther are more appropriate sites elsewhere for those outpourings.

Posted by mac_gladdy on July 13, 2003 at 3:48 AM (CDT)


if canada didnt exist then alanis morissette wouldnt exist, hence nobody would know what the word ironic meant, so canada can do some good

Posted by ti on July 13, 2003 at 8:04 AM (CDT)


The worrying thing about all these attempts to criminalise aspects of the use of music/computers, is that if they put as much energy into fighting real crime, the streets may be a little safer!

Use your vote - get rid of these useless politicians.

Posted by MadPict in UK on July 13, 2003 at 10:16 AM (CDT)


and the irony is that Alanis got it wrong.
A nation without sarcasim, irony or a sense of humour about itself. Starts with A end with A and encompasses all the compassion and virtues between those letters. ;)


Posted by Pac3r on July 13, 2003 at 11:23 AM (CDT)



wtf are you on about? a death-row pardoned two minutes too late is one of the most ironic things i could’ve thought of

Posted by ti on July 13, 2003 at 1:38 PM (CDT)


yeah, yeah. A traffic jam when your already late. I’d call that Monday.


Posted by Pac3r on July 13, 2003 at 5:15 PM (CDT)

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