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Consumer groups respond to NBC counsel

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 19 Jul 2007 12:17 User comments (7)

Consumer groups respond to NBC counsel On the last day to file comments with the FCC regarding it's upcoming decision regarding so called "Net Neutrality" a coalition of 11 consumer groups submitted a detailed recommendation. It takes on a variety of common claims by copyright holders, including specifically addressing comments made recently by NBC Universal counsel Rick Cotton and NBC's own FCC filing on the matter.
Net neutrality refers to the discussion over whether ISPs should be allowed to charge differently for different content being downloaded from the internet. NBC's FCC filing suggested that as part of their decision they should create regulations to force ISPs to Block potentially infringing traffic.

One of the more interesting topics was the difference between unauthorized and illegal copying of content. It points out that "Because an "unauthorized" use is not necessarily an illegal one, no technology or method should give the desires of a copyright holder priority over the first amendment."

Referring to Cotton's remarks that piracy causes financial hardship for corn farmers, which we reported last month, the document says "NBC's specious attempt to follow the chain of cause and affect to its absurd limits is driven by the fact that it is a minority copyright holder engaged in special pleading for government favors."

The final points presented are probably the most damning with regard to NBC's recommendations to the FCC. It points out that much of what they're suggesting is completely out of the jurisdiction of the FCC, citing United States Federal Court rulings that the FCC may not mandate broadcast flags to control copying and that technologies which have substantial non-infringing uses are legal. In short, this last argument goes back as far as the infamous "Betamax case" when Sony won the right to continue selling VCRs.

Source: Public Knowledge

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7 user comments

119.7.2007 12:50
hughjars
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Net neutrality refers to the discussion over whether ISPs should be allowed to charge differently for different content being downloaded from the internet. NBC's FCC filing suggested that as part of their decision they should create regulations to force ISPs to Block potentially infringing traffic.

- ....and there you have it folks.

This is what this is really about, trying to shove the genie back in the bottle and replace the relatively open and control-free internet we have today with a heavily regulated & Policed 'mk2' version.

If you choose to sit on your a$$ and say and do nothing over this then at least don't say later on that you weren't warned.

219.7.2007 14:08

So what effect does this have on Canada?

319.7.2007 14:31

^^
Uh...it would be Pandoras Box opened on everyone.

419.7.2007 14:36
AXT
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How about no net neutrality, but it doesn't matter what i think because i have no money to give lawmakers like major movie studios or music labels do.

519.7.2007 20:23
fgamer
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All i can say is that the internet is a in it's limited state at this moment. Just be prepared for sites like thepiratebay.org and other torrent sites to be blocked by ISP's. There just wasn't enough people in outrage to help protect net neutrality such a shame our once free internet will be controlled by money hounding corporations.

620.7.2007 4:30
hughjars
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I wouldn't entirely give up hope just yet.

There's being informed & spreading the word, protest and the biggest 'weapon' of all that we still have.......our money in our pockets.

They want to restrict, price and limit the net in their web mk2 etc etc.

The problem that 'they' have is that it'll be so unappealing that they will fail to attract enough people to their sh*t and laughably 2nd rate version.

720.7.2007 18:46

I say that if a criminal is anywhere near an NBC -media project, NBC should be held liable for participating in the crime.

Cities should be held liable because criminals drive on it's streets. Car manufactures should be held liable for a vehicles participation in a crime.....

NBC is never held liable for anything it's media might inspire, they want everything one way....theirs...

These guys are idiots.

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