Petition to Abolish the DMCA

Posted 11 Sep 2001 at 05:26 UTC by bwtaylor Share This

I have just created a petition to repeal or strike down Chapter 12 of the DMCA. If you support the call to abolish this awful piece of legislation, please sign the petition and spread the word. http://www.petitiononline.com/nixdmca/petition.html

I'm not going to put the whole petition here, but it starts out thusly:

We, the undersigned, are citizens who believe that the anti- circumvention provisions in Chapter 12 of the U.S. Copyright Act, enacted in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") must be repealed or struck down as unconstitutional.

We believe that this law contradicts the interest that we, the People, intended when we delegated Congress the Constitutional Power "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries".

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My hope with this petition is to (1) continue the pressure against the DMCA and (2) to educate people about the "public benefit" model of Copyright and to provide citation to show that the big media view of Copyright has no foundation in the Constitution or caselaw. Many of the cases I sight ultimately involve big studios losing in the Supreme Court.


Whoops, flubbed the link, posted 11 Sep 2001 at 05:31 UTC by bwtaylor » (Journeyer)

Sorry, I botched the link. Here is the link to the petition.

If the editor would fix this and delete this message, I would enjoy the lack of embarrasment. :-]

Dreams are free, posted 13 Sep 2001 at 07:51 UTC by ringbark » (Journeyer)

It's a good thing that dreams are free, because you would be paying otherwise.

Online petitions won't do any good. How hard is it to forge names and email addresses? Would the Government take any notice of an enormously well supported petition of real names and addresses on dead trees?

I thought not.

How much less will they take notice of a collection of probably fake names and email addresses, especially in the current world political climate.

I'm sorry, I would love to see the DMCA repealed. It seems that even though it is a US law, I am still bound by it as a foreign citizen living outside the US, especially if I ever want to visit the US again.

By the way, I shortly expect to post a web page on my site explaining how to decrypt a document encoded using ROT-13. Is that still illegal from sea to shining sea?

Purpose of a Petition, posted 25 Sep 2001 at 18:38 UTC by bwtaylor » (Journeyer)

ringbark wrote:

Online petitions won't do any good. How hard is it to forge names and email addresses? Would the Government take any notice of an enormously well supported petition of real names and addresses on dead trees?

Petitions are more effective than sitting around doing nothing. They are one piece of an array of tacticts. It's important to keep doing things to preserve and extend momentum.

By the way, the petition requires a working email address in order to sign it. I don't think anybody is really out there trying to stuff the ballot, because nobody has any pretense that it's secure against this.

The purpose of a petition isn't just to ask Congress to change. It is a PR tactic. The goal is to spread the word to new audiences and to educate people and give them a sense of inclusion. The result is an increase in awareness of the issue and a solidification of resolve.

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