Outlawing Fair Use of Video

Joe Born, CEO of Neuros has posted his letter to Reps. Sensenbrenner and Conyers over their new bill, HR 4569, the Digital Transition Content Security Act. Neuros makes recording devices for people to time/place-shift their media viewing.

This bill aims to outlaw any electronic devices which convert analog video signals to any digital form without “somehow” preserving DRM.

It thereby also outlaws Fair Use of digital media since the DMCA made the “analog hole” the sole remedy for fair use of digital media. To my readers from Wisconsin or Minnesota: remember how these guys think come Election Day. Also ask yourself if they’re doing this for their citizens’ benefit or if they’re bought and paid for.

Please write your Congressman to express your thoughts on this issue. You don’t even need a stamp.