Boing Boing: Dianne Feinstein on the Broadcast Flag: Idiot or liar? From Boing Boing: “Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote back to constituents who complained about the Broadcast Flag with this amazing, disingenuous note:
Thank you for writing to me about the digital broadcast flag. I appreciate hearing from you.
I feel strongly that we must prevent the theft of copyrighted works, and that includes digital television (DTV) programming. As we move forward in the digital age, it is increasingly easy for unauthorized copies of copyrighted works to be made and illegally distributed. Over-the-air digital content is the easiest to pirate.
As we contemplate the use of new technologies to protect copyrighted works, we must pay careful attention to ensure that a balance is struck between competitive protections and individual consumer interests. It is important to allow for the continued fair use of copyrighted material, even while we seek to stop unauthorized reproductions from being illegally distributed outside the home and over the Internet.
Again, thank you for writing. Please know that as the Senate considers legislation of the broadcast flag, I will be sure to keep your views in mind. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, DC staff at (202) 224-3841.
Practically every sentence in this letter is a lie.
Erik sez, “The TV/music/movies sector is the 4th highest contributor to her campaign, with lawyers being number 1 (two bad tastes that go great together!). Maybe that’s why Feinstein is so willing to disregard the opinion of 2600 of her constituents and toe the MPAA’s line.”
It’s nice to know that you can still buy a dirty politician these days. Don’t blame me folks, I didn’t vote for her.