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“That’s the message from the “Save the iPod’’ campaign. Holmes Wilson, an organizer of the Web-based movement, warns that the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act now pending in Congress threatens to silence the popular music player. In other words, your right to bear beats is in danger. [...]

The Induce Act would give the music industry and other copyright holders new legal grounds to sue any business that profits from encouraging people to illegally distribute songs, movies, software, games and other copyrighted works. The proposed law targets popular online file-swapping services such as Kazaa.”

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The Induce Act would give the music industry and other copyright holders new legal grounds to sue any business that profits from encouraging people to illegally distribute songs, movies, software, games and other copyrighted works. The proposed law targets popular online file-swapping services such as Kazaa.”
There is the key point. It would go after Apple, not iPod users. It’s still quite wrong and stupid. It would pretty much attack any consumer electronics maker. VCR, DVD, CD, Radio, TV, Sat, etc…

Posted by Dave M. on August 2, 2004 at 2:12 PM (CDT)

22

The a**h*** can take away my freedom but not my iPod.

Posted by earless on August 2, 2004 at 2:17 PM (CDT)

23

Patrick Leahy D- VT and Thomas Daschle D-SD also helped introduce and strongly support this bill for legislation, sorry mis-informed left wingers… you guys need to learn how to tell the whole story.  This is aimed at curbing illeagal p2p systems which is encouraging stealing of intellectual property.  Justify it however you want to help you sleep at night, but it’s copyright infringement.  You’re ipods and VCR’s are going to be just fine.

Posted by Bipartisan Bob on August 2, 2004 at 2:19 PM (CDT)

24

I’m getting my iPod in about 3 weeks, Hopefully the bill wouldn’t pass by then.

Posted by Jack A on August 2, 2004 at 2:38 PM (CDT)

25

always amaze me how in earth in land that has so much potential and millions of talented people have so stupid and ignorent leaders and i’m not talking this case lonely..

Posted by Muuttomies in Helsinki, Finland on August 2, 2004 at 2:41 PM (CDT)

26

The link to savetheipod should be on the front page of ipodlounge.

Posted by Jeff C. on August 2, 2004 at 2:42 PM (CDT)

27

don’t computers allow illegal distributions of songs? i mean, that is how iPods and other devices get their “illegal” media. so what now, a ban on computer usage?

that is some BS.

Posted by Julius on August 2, 2004 at 2:43 PM (CDT)

28

Apple also promotes buying music with iTunes…

Posted by Killa on August 2, 2004 at 2:43 PM (CDT)

29

youre all a bunch of liberals who have ploiticized everything and blamed the president for your music problems. in all fairness what were all doing is illegal ok..keep bush out of it..and stop with youre liberal propaganda on a website about an MP3 player, you know what, why dont you go listen to your ipod near a green zone in Fallujah, Bush in 04 since we are getting political

Posted by Mike on August 2, 2004 at 3:10 PM (CDT)

30

Bush is the problem facing america as we know it. Get him out and all other right wing nut cases who think they can continue to lie and fool this country. Lets watch Bush get rich at the expense of a few thousand dead people (Iraq and U.S.).

Posted by D on August 2, 2004 at 3:51 PM (CDT)

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Hey blaming Bush for problems is ok since basically everything is his fault. The guy is an idiot; no one can argue with that. The whole idea behind our “propaganda” is that Bush is just the kind of guy who would support this moronic bill.

Posted by Joshdude on August 2, 2004 at 3:52 PM (CDT)

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This article and the discussion are ridiculous on many levels. The bill is targeted against P2P, not IPods and furthermore absolutely unlikely to pass. (Although I have to agree that its pretty unbelievable that the Patriot act passed, but thats another story)
Read for example
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,64315,00.html?tw=wn_story_top5
for some more info.
So calm down, you are not going to jail or get your beloved IPod taken from you any time soon.

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Posted by guppi on August 2, 2004 at 4:07 PM (CDT)

33

Even IF something like this passes, and I’m sure we have nothing to worry about, worst case scenario: Apple is required to make software updates so that iPods are only allowed to play legal ITMS-downloaded songs and the like. But like I said; Nothing to worry about.

Posted by Cad on August 2, 2004 at 4:10 PM (CDT)

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“The Induce Act would give the music industry and other copyright holders new legal grounds to sue any business that profits from encouraging people to illegally distribute songs, movies, software, games and other copyrighted works. The proposed law targets popular online file-swapping services such as Kazaa.”

If you have ever heard of Apple encouraging people to steal music please do tell where.  I thought that by using DRM they were discouraging stealing music.  The iPod mini comes with a sticker on the screen that says “Don’t steal music”.  How in your little alarmist, liberal brains does that make Apple and iPod a target?  Do you think the itunes music store would be in existance without the support of the record companies?  If you do you are naive.  As far as dragging Bush into this, all I can say is you are simply very ignorant.  Don’t even try to bring politics and war into an iPod discussion.  We are talking about music, not terrorism, war, or economy.  You liberals really make me laugh.

Posted by dawntreader101 in VA on August 2, 2004 at 4:27 PM (CDT)

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This bill raises a ton of concerns. There are TONS of legitimate things to use P2P for. I worry that if this thing was around years ago that they’d have gone after everything from usenet to ftp to http. Oh yeah, and google and netscape. And memorex.

Posted by wolfpacker on August 2, 2004 at 4:42 PM (CDT)

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If it was aimed at just p2p I wouldn’t be worried.  The problem is, its written in such a broad way that it includes ANY decvice or means that would “induce” ppl to steal.  It may be aimed at p2p but if its passed then lots of other means will be targeted such as mp3 players and vcrs.  I don’t understand how ppl can be so ignorant and think that this is a GOOD thing.  Bush promises to give us liberties and freedoms, yet everything he has done in office is to take those freedoms away from us.  We are turning into China and Cuba, we are slowly turning communist.  It definitely needs to end.

Posted by acemilo on August 2, 2004 at 5:12 PM (CDT)

37

i steal music everyday and i dont think anyone is gonna stop me!

Posted by kpslice on August 2, 2004 at 5:53 PM (CDT)

38

I think it would be really funny if this bill passed. Why? Well, instead of Apple and others sticking around in USA (which is the only place with such a proposed bill), they would very likely just pack up and move to Canada or somewhere. The USA would see all technology and innovation leave in the blink of an eye. A new dark age would be restricted to the ex-superpower and the rest of the world would be fine. I really want them to pass this bill. Apple makes heaps of money outside of USA, just like everyone else. This won’t hurt any tech companies, just the USA.

Posted by praenuntius in Canberra, Australia on August 2, 2004 at 5:59 PM (CDT)

39

praenuntius—

Last I heard, majority of the world leans on our economy and our markets. 

Our economy decreases? So does theirs. 

This won’t hurt any tech companies, just the world.

Posted by Schiano on August 2, 2004 at 6:20 PM (CDT)

40

I’m getting my iPod in about 3 weeks, Hopefully the bill wouldn’t pass by then.

No offense, but I really hope you’re kidding.

Posted by AreYouSerious? on August 2, 2004 at 6:26 PM (CDT)

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