Despite a plethora of online reporting and opposition to the IICA (née INDUCE Act) from the usual suspects in the tech community (such as WIRED, C|Net, Slashdot and The Register), the mainstream press has been remarkably silent. However, two articles this morning indicate that that may be changing. USA Today has a good article summarizing the bill and the views of its opponents (Copyright bill poses threat to iPod's future). Scarily, however, the bill continues to move forward quickly:
Hatch can decide to schedule the bill for a committee vote as early as Tuesday, or at the end of the current congressional session. Hatch spokesman Margarita Tapia says there's no timetable. As for hearings, she says, "We may schedule a meeting if the chairman thinks it's necessary."Translation: "Hearin's? Hearin's? We don't need no stinkin' hearin's. And if we tells you the schedule, how we goin' to sneak the bill through?"
"Anyone making ANY kind of recording device, even an innocent recorder that has many other fair uses, could be in breach of this law just for making that technology available. Frankly there is no need for the statute at all."UPDATE 0830 PT
Buffalo Chip to Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, who's taking his hatred for people downloading music to new depths. Hatch, who previously suggested frying the computers of those who download MP3 files through filesharing software, now wants to make the software illegal, on the grounds that Gnutella, KaZaA and others "induce" people to flout copyright laws. That's like arguing that bolt cutters should be illegal because they may induce someone to commit burglary. Maybe Hatch is upset because few people, if any, are downloading his schmaltzy music.[emphasis in original]