Monday, November 22, 2004

Watch The Commercial Or Do The Time?

Lastest GOP act to put more government on our backs might be to make it illegal to fast forward through commercials:

How can this be possible? Because language that makes fast-forwarding through commercials illegal—no doubt inserted at the behest of lobbyists for the advertising industry—was inserted into a bill that would allow people to fast forward past objectionable sections of a recorded movie (and I bet you already thought that was OK). And that’s but one, albeit scary, scenario that may come to pass if the Intellectual Property Protection Act is enacted into law. Deliberations on this legislation will be one of the tasks for the lame-duck Congress that commenced this week.

In a statement last month, Senator John McCain stated his opposition to this bill, and specifically cited the anti-commercial skipping feature: “Americans have been recording TV shows and fast-forwarding through commercials for 30 years,” he said. “Do we really expect to throw people in jail in 2004 for behavior they’ve been engaged in for more than a quarter century?”

2 Comments:

Blogger Pamela Leavey said...

Totally ridiculous!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Under the Republicans, individual liberty is always second to business interests.

4:13 PM  

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