And now, a message from our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Earlier this month, thousands of EFF supporters called on Congress to throw out the Induce Act, a bill that threatens the future of innovation in America. We need your help again. Last time, we targeted the committee that is reviewing the bill. Tomorrow, we want to be sure that *every* Senator hears from constituents who oppose the Induce Act. Sign up here to add your voice:
The Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act (S.2560) would extend copyright liability to companies that "induce" copyright infringement. This profound change in the law would make it nearly impossible for a company to bring innovative new technologies to the market. Under the threat of entertainment industry lawsuits based on the Induce Act, technology companies would be forced to first ask permission from Hollywood and the record labels. If the entertainment industry had this kind of veto power in the past, it's likely that technologies like the VCR, iPod, and CD burners would never have seen the light of day. That's why we need you to speak out against the Induce Act:
Our friends at Downhill Battle are coordinating the calls at SaveBetamax.org, a site that gives you the information you need to make a quick, easy call to Congress. SaveBetamax.org also provides background on why the Induce Act is so misguided, including an overview of the Supreme Court's decision in the famous Sony Betamax case, which established that the maker of a technology cannot be held liable for copyright violations by users as long as the technology has substantial non-infringing uses. This "Betamax doctrine" spurred two decades of unprecedented technological innovation - and enormous profits for the very companies that ironically want to reverse it with the Induce Act.
Make sure Congress knows you oppose the Induce Act by signing up today. Thanks for taking action!