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I know some of the people involved in this ... good people with good contacts and a great message.

Organization proposes Consumer Technology Bill of Rights be passed into legislation
Palo Alto, Calif. -- March 14, 2002 --, a new organization at the forefront of consumer digital rights, today announced its Consumer Technology Bill of Rights as well as its overall mission. The consumer-advocacy group, which unites entrepreneurs, investors and consumers, is proposing a set of principles that it intends to have passed into law. These principles would preserve consumers’ historic fair-use rights that have been recently diminished by changes in copyright law made at the request of media companies. With existing digital rights being challenged by media interests,’s mission is to restore the balance of copyright law so that artists and creators can prosper while citizens have reasonable flexibility to use content in fair and legal ways. The group originated in 2001 by Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer, co-founders of the Internet portal, Excite, Inc. The launch coincides with testimony by Kraus at today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the role of Congress in digital copyright issues.

1. Users have the right to "time-shift" content that they have legally acquired.

This gives you the right to record video or audio for later viewing or listening. For example, you can use a VCR to record a TV show and play it back later.

2. Users have the right to "space-shift" content that they have legally acquired.

This gives you the right to use your content in different places (as long as each use is personal and non-commercial). For example, you can copy a CD to a portable music player so that you can listen to the songs while you're jogging.

3. Users have the right to make backup copies of their content.

This gives you the right to make archival copies to be used in the event that your original copies are destroyed.

4. Users have the right to use legally acquired content on the platform of their choice.

This gives you the right to listen to music on your Rio, to watch TV on your iMac, and to view DVDs on your Linux computer.

5. Users have the right to translate legally acquired content into comparable formats.

This gives you the right to modify content in order to make it more usable. For example, a blind person can modify an electronic book so that the content can be read out loud.

6. Users have the right to use technology in order to achieve the rights previously mentioned.

This last right guarantees your ability to exercise your other rights. Certain recent copyright laws have paradoxical loopholes that claim to grant certain rights but then criminalize all technologies that could allow you to exercise those rights. In contrast, this Bill of Rights states that no technological barriers can deprive you of your other fair use rights.
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