Editorial for March 2006

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Protect Your Right to Record and Timeshift In Your Own Home –
Oppose the Audio Broadcast Flag Act!

a minute NOW to contact your members of Congress and tell them you
strongly oppose the Audio Broadcast Flag Licensing Act of 2006, H.R.

styled as a narrow bill giving the Federal Communications Commission
only “limited authority” to impose licensing conditions on new HD
radios and satellite radios from XM and Sirius, the Audio broadcast
Flag Licensing Act of 2006, H.R. 4861 is a fundamental attack on
traditional home taping practices that consumers have engaged in since
the first analog cassette recorder reached the U.S. market in 1964, and
the reel-to-reel recorder decades before.

other proposals shopped around by the Recording Industry Association of
America, the bill is not just a “flag” proposal aimed at preventing
mass redistribution of music over the Internet. The bill gives the FCC
remote control over consumers’ right to engage in reasonable and
customary “unauthorized” recording, even in the privacy of their homes
for noncommercial purposes. Virtually all home recording is
“unauthorized” by copyright owners. But as the Supreme Court held in
the Betamax case, that does not make it “unlawful.”  Exercising
their “fair use” rights under the law, consumers have lawfully been
making unauthorized tapes of music off the radio for more than 50

To contact your representatives in Congress, go the Home Recording Rights Coalition site.

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