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KevinO
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This came to me via an animation teacher friend of mine from the Chair of the Animation Dept at the Rocky Mountain School Of Art & Design. Thought you all might be interested. It's a bill that should be stopped, which would restrict free speech on the internet which would affect animation on the net of course.

Here's his letter:

Everyone,

Last night late, the US House of Representatives passed the Cope Act by a wide margin. This is very bad news for the founding concept of Free Speech(net neutrality) on the Internet and thus our free speech in general. The provision HR5417 written to protect that fundamental component of the Internet was not included the bill.

What this means is that the content of individual or small group websites delivery to its audience will be commercially controlled by the big media corperations with prejudice. Do you want the net to work like TV does now? Just think, can you put your animation or artwork on broadcast television today like you can on the net? This bill may very well threaten that ability. I strongly urge everyone to research this bill, as it has not come up for a vote yet in the Senate and act for the Democracy.

The website list below has a good explanation as well as directions on how to contact your government.

http://www.storiesonvideo.com/cope.html

Dan Seely
Chair of the Animation Dept.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
dseely@rmcad.edu

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Matt Wilson
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COPE is serious business. People need to stand up and defend their rights, because Telco providers want to take them away from you and decide who can or can't set up shop on the internet. Pay a toll, or people will only be able to access your site at dialup speeds.

Imagine if Comcast or Verizon offered "tiered" cable services to subscribers where you can only access sites like AOL, Coca Cola, MySpace on the basic service, and to access Animation Nation or Cartoon Brew or Cold Hard Flash you have to use their PREMIUM service! They can do this, and they likely will if they get their way.

Another site to read up about COPE and the struggle for Net Neutrality:

http://www.savetheinternet.com

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KevinO
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Thanks Matt
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Dan P.
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That is INSANE. What's really scary is how no one is really talking about this(Besides on here, of course, and a few other places).

Boy am I glad I live in Canada.

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Jasen
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Artist friendly version

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Jasen
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What are the positives on the Cope Act? Are there any?

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OFFBEAT
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I'm split because.. it's their hardware we're using.. they lay the cables that connect us, and set up the infrastructure.

But on the other hand.... I like the internet as is. And we should shoot down any governmental involvement wherever the internet is concerned.
(except to find and track child pornographers)

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Rupert Piston
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The most disturbing aspect of this to me is the idea of the control of information and ideas. Think of all the bloggers who tell us how it is (or bs us, as the case may be) from their perspective in Iraq, New York, Texas, California. If the internet is moderated in favor of revenue generating goods, the news will be shrunk back to what it was before the internet--provided largely by the giant networks.

I researched this a littel and found a few links to expand my understanding, and I made an entry in my blog about it, which is where those links are.

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Jasen
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"This vote will change the Internet for the rest of eternity."

"It's time for Verizon and Time Warner Cable to get their hands out of our pockets."


Thanks for the links Rupert.

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KevinO
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Here's another link -

http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=20933&afccode=n56jnb

[ June 10, 2006, 12:48 AM: Message edited by: Charles ]

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KevinO
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oops looks like you'll have to copy/paste.
I tried to not make it appear as one long line
to keep the page from getting wide.

Mod - any way to fix that?

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Ganklin
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wow this is a little scary...

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Ganklin
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jasen brings up a good point. are there any possible benefits from this bill? i'm on benton's site (and others) trying to research this, and i'm getting confused.

the one thing on benton's page that creeps me out is the bill will give the FCC authority to regulate Net Neutrality...which seems be a contradiction in terms.

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