Via Boing Boing:
Stop the PERFORM Act, save the ability to record radio
Congress has reintroduced the PERFORM Act, a broadcast flag for radio — if it passes, you can kiss the idea of recording digital radio or Internet radio goodbye. EFF [Electronic Frontier Foundation] has a web-page to help you write to your Congresscritter and tell her/him what you think of this:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has re-introduced the PERFORM Act, a backdoor assault on your right to record off the radio. Satellite and digital radio stations as well as Internet webcasters would have to adopt digital rights management (DRM) restrictions or lose the statutory license for broadcasting music. Letters from constituents like you helped beat this dangerous proposal last year — take action now to block it again. This bill aims to hobble TiVo-like devices for satellite and digital radio. Such devices would be able to include “reasonable recording” features, but that excludes choosing and playing back selections based on song title, artist, or genre. Want to freely move recordings around your home network or copy them to the portable player of your choice? You’ll be out of luck if PERFORM passes.
This bill would also mess with Internet radio. Today, Live365, Shoutcast, streaming radio stations included in iTunes, and myriad other smaller webcasters rely on MP3 streaming. PERFORM would in effect force them to use DRM-laden, proprietary formats, so you can say goodbye to software tools like Streamripper that let you record programming to listen to it later.
Here is the link to the page on the EFF that lets you send a message to your Senator. It only takes a second so please fill it out.