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Use iPod, go to Jail?

“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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First off, before reporting that the Republicans are the only ones pushing this, let’s do our homework and discover that Hilary “Satan” Clinton and Barbara Boxer are also pushing this according to

While I agree that the record companies are greedy, let’s not forget it’s the lazy and greedy people of this world who think it’s ok to steal that has given the record companies more “excuse” to do something like this.  It’s always these kinds of people who make things bad for those of us who are following the law and obtaining our music legally.  Forget the excuse that “the artists see hardly anything of the record sales”.  Each and every one of those artists/bands who sign a contract with these record companies agree on a price for the work and material they give to the record company.  If they don’t like it, they don’t have to sign the contract.  If more of them would do so, the record companies might begin to see their empires crumble.

We can do our part by sticking up for our freedoms and by not obtaining illegally, the music we want.

Here’s something else to think about.  Has anyone ever bought a CD from a band they really like, only to find that if they bought it from another source, or in a slightly different format they would have gotten extra or different songs, only to find there is yet another format or source with even different songs?  Since you’ve now spent $13-$18 on the first CD, how likely are you to pay for another?  Doesn’t this “Inudce” one to obtain those extra songs illegally?

Posted by Lindan in Las Vegas on August 3, 2004 at 11:10 PM (CDT)


Yeah….....Im not tryin to listen to my ipod like its an illegal drug and i have to look over my back every 5 minuites as if someone knows what im doin…........

Posted by Lmwfy on August 4, 2004 at 9:29 AM (CDT)


One would think that our lawmakers would have enough sense to prioritize what’s really important instead of this crap,but hey,I guess that’s the power of a good lobby,or lobbyist.
I would hate to think that just because I burn stuff that I bought legally,and load it on my Ipod,or used Itunes to buy would make me a criminal,but apparently it would-if this bill passes.
But on the other hand,I don’t think this bill stands a snowball’s chance in hell of passing,if only because Apple,for instance,is rapidly becoming a corporate Goliath,and the outcry would be fierce.
Good luck trying.

Posted by M. on August 4, 2004 at 12:32 PM (CDT)


You Yanks have some serious issues with your political system.

By liberella on Aug 03, 04 6:18 am

Gee,ya think?!!!?

Posted by . on August 4, 2004 at 12:36 PM (CDT)


To really follow this you only have to take a hard look at corprate america. its all about money. Follow the dollar and you will understand these mens intentions. Your congressmen will do what is right for his or her pocketbook. and the only way they back you is for fear of losing thier power. Orin Hatch probaby has ten Ipods and uses the office PC to steal music

Posted by Patrick Pat00xxx on August 4, 2004 at 7:41 PM (CDT)


Get a life people.  You’ll do it anyways, whether you like it or not.

Posted by Jay Kay on August 4, 2004 at 11:13 PM (CDT)


And you morons that are 13 years old, stop stealing your music, and you’ll be fine.  And pay attention to the American Political system my friends, Bush has nothing to do with it.

My .99 cent, 100% legal opinion.

Posted by Jay Kay on August 4, 2004 at 11:17 PM (CDT)


One of the main reasons for so many nutjobs in the US political system is the weird, archaic plurality system they use for elections there.

In most countries, you need an absolute or proportional majority to be elected whereas in the US you only need a plurality of cast votes to be elected.

So for example, if five people ran for an office and all got around 19% but one person got 21% of the votes then then the 21% person would be elected. If only 50% of eligible voters turned out (a high percentage for many US elections) then you have a “winning” candidate elected with only 1 out of 10 eligible voters approval.

The other 90% of voters who voted for someone else or chose not to vote are left saying “What the hell”?

So you get the crazies elected by religious groups and special interests.

Other countries use choice voting or proportional voting systems that encourage majority assent for elected politicians. These systems encourage positive campaigning and a diversity of opinions simply not present in the US system.

The only “developed” nation in Europe that uses plurality voting is the UK, where Tony Blair managed to get 65% of the seats with only 40% of the votes cast. And even then, the UK uses plurality only for the westminster elections, whereas the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Euro elections uses choice or PR.

Plurality is a nasty 18th century hangover that deserves to be thrown onto the dustbin of history.

Posted by Plurality on August 5, 2004 at 8:16 AM (CDT)


Wow.  I don’t believe what I’m reading from most of the posts!  Talk about gullible.  The only person who will take your ipod away from you is your mom because you are so gullible.

Flash drives, DVD-R, CD-R, Tivo, VHS illegal?  Why not add cameras, photocopiers, heck, even carbon paper to the list while you’re at it.

Posted by jjjj on August 7, 2004 at 10:40 PM (CDT)


Stupid Americans… no offence. :D

Posted by GMMorris in Israel on August 9, 2004 at 8:37 AM (CDT)


Hard drives can hold large amounts of illegal music, too, but they’re not going to make them illegal….

Posted by Lucy on August 16, 2004 at 10:59 PM (CDT)


DEMOCRATIC HORSESHIT!!!not even the communist would sink that low as to take the rights of using an ipod from it’s user and condemn it illegal.

Posted by Master on August 24, 2004 at 2:16 AM (CDT)

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