Jim Sensenbrenner and John Conyers’ Campaign Contributors Want to Kill Your TiVo

Dvorak Uncensored, Attempt to Kill TiVO/Recording and Time Switching by Congressional Legislation: Well it’s nice to know that you can still buy politicians from Michigan and Wisconsin these days.

From John Dvorak: “A frightening bit of legislation was introduced to the US House Judiciary Committee on Friday. The Digital Transition Content Security Act of 2005 (PDF) is sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) (PDF) and would close that pesky analog hole that poses such a dire threat to the survival of the music and movie industries. The bill was originally planned for introduction in early November, but was tabled after hearings held by the House Subcomittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.”

Calling the ability to convert analog video content to a digital format a “significant technical weakness in content protection,” H.R. 4569 would require all consumer electronics video devices manufactured more than 12 months after the DTCSA is passed to be able to detect and obey a “rights signaling system” that would be used to limit how content is viewed and used. That rights signaling system would consist of two DRM technologies, Video Encoded Invisible Light (VEIL) and Content Generation Management SystemAnalog (CGMS-A), which would be embedded in broadcasts and other analog video content.”

Interesting. When I go to opensecrets.org and look who Jim Sensenbrenner’s top contributors are a few names tend to stand out: Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), News Corp., Comcast Corp., Viacom Inc., Motion Picture Assn of America (MPAA) and the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office. It’s also interesting to note on Sensenbrenner’s latest reported personal financial statement that he received two all expense paid trips (including other family members) to Vegas and New Orleans from the National Association of Broadcasters and the National Cable and Telecomm Association. I wonder if he was flying first class and I wonder if these people want you to have your TiVo or not?

And isn’t it ironic when you look up John Conyers’ financial information that you find some of the same and some new names as well. Some of the names that stick out as John Conyers’ largest financial contributors? Comcast Corp., Clear Channel Communications, Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office and ASCAP. Hey, at least to Conyers’ credit though, he wasn’t on the same all expenses paid trips with his family to Vegas and New Orleans that Sensenbrenner was. At least that I can tell from his financial statement.

Hey Clay Shaw (R-Fla), can’t you call over there and tell those guys to knock it off.

Ars Technica adds: “Reading through the proposed text of the DTSCA, it is easy to see the hand of the MPAA at work. The proposed legislation defines four “Technical Content Protection Responses” that consumer devices will have based on the type of signal transmitted in a broadcast.

* Copy Prohibited Content, which would mark the transmission as off limits for copying or recording of any kind
* Copy Unlimited No Redistribution Content, which means that the analog content could be passed through to a digital device for copying, but redistribution would be limited
* Copy One Generation Content, which would allow viewers to make a single generation of copies
* No Technical Protection Applied, programming that could still be recorded.

It doesn’t take too much imagination to see where this is headed.

Once the MPAA and pals have their way, you’re going to pay through the nose for even the most basic of Fair Use rights. You’re going to pay for the right to rewind and “re-experience” content. The Copy Prohibited Content class, complete with its asinine insta-delete feature is nothing but a back door into attacking what the content industry hates most: your ability to timeshift content.”

Be Sociable, Share!
Loading Facebook Comments ...

No Comments

  1. Jonas says:

    Stumbled upon here and I very much enjoy your site. The photographs are beautiful of course, and the commentary is great. Take care.