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As if we needed any more, here is some more fuel for the outrage that the very mention of RIAA/MPAA is or should be causing:

"It appears that the money the RIAA is spending on campaign donations is well spent, however. With the universities not falling into line as expected, Congress held hearings where various politicians blasted universities for not taking a more proactive stance and threatening to withhold federal money from universities that don't play by the RIAA's rules."

One of the interesting comments to this story, written by "The infamous Joe" shows us the badly needed reset button on the US government:

Looks like someone in the US Congress is finally making some sense.

"Talking about the Future of Radio House Telecom and Internet sub-committee hearing, "that focused on the horrible ruling that could shut down Internet radio stations and the XM/Sirius proposed merger," he (Sean Garrett of The 463) says Doyle, "brought his fellow members into the current century with a story about one his constituents - who happens to be one of the hottest DJs of the moment ..." -- Read more

"Reps. Rick Boucher and John Doolittle's FAIR USE Act would remove some of the entertainment industry's most draconian anti-innovation weapons and chip away at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) broad restrictions on fair use. Use the form below and tell Congress to help restore balance in copyright now.

Technology companies play a game of Russian roulette whenever they create products with both infringing and non-infringing uses. Current "secondary liability" standards don't provide enough certainty, and if innovators guess wrong, they can be hit with statutory damages as high as $30,000 per work infringed.

The Net - with borders

"The myth of the borderless Internet, never very credible to those who had any real understanding of the interplay between politics and technology that underpins the network, took another hit last week when the US Congress voted to ban bank and credit card payments to gambling firms.

If President Bush signs the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act into law, as he is expected to do, then within months US credit card companies and banks will be forced to check for and refuse payment for most forms of online gambling."

"The internet has always been a bordered network, and we ignore this geopolitical reality at our peril.

"For the last two months, your phone calls and letters have helped hold back the dangerous NSA spying bills in Congress. But in the last week before the pre-election recess, the White House and several Congressional leaders are trying to sneak these bills through and effect the single greatest expansion of government surveillance ever.