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Be an (inter)ACTIVIST!
By Dick Metcalf
(more articles from this author)
2000-10-11
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Those in my age zone can easily remember the excitement (and sense of danger) associated with the activist movements of the 1960's! All eyes/ears were glued to the TV/radio when Martin Luther King led protests and marches for equal rights in the early days. Controversy ran rampant when leaders like Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver and Malcom X elevated the "heat" to levels never perceived by the masses previously. Tension and (sometimes) fury were a part of the culture, as everyone began to reach out for equality and fairness.

Today's world doesn't seem to have causes that are as clearly definable, but they are equally as important for the longer term. An announcement on September 28th, 2000, in San Diego, California, by MP3.com, Inc., highlights a new way that music fans can become activists... it has launched a nationwide, grass-roots campaign, the Million Email March, in support of a bill that was introduced last week by congressional representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Ray LaHood (R-IL) and Fred Upton (R-MI). The act (HR5275), also known as the "Music Owners' Listening Rights Act Of 2000", would permit consumers who purchase compact discs to store and listen to their music online by first demonstrating lawful possession of the CDs, without incurring a per-listen charge. MP3.com, Inc., also announced a website they have put up to help listeners rally behind HR5275.

If you stop and think about it, this may be somewhat self-serving on the company's part, and is sure to draw ever more fire from CD producers and distributors around the world. What if ALL music were stored/used online? The advent of easy-to-use Digital Audio Players, like the HipZipô, from Iomega Corporation, and others, could result in a total wipeout in the market for mass-produced (prerecorded) CD's. Picture it... you scour the web for the (digitally recorded) tunes you like, download them to your computer and arrange them into the shows/music you want to listen to. Using a product like Iomega's PocketZipô, you output that material to a portable unit. There will soon be snap-in digital players for the dashboard of your car... during a recent telephone interview with Chris Romoser, Director of Corporate Communications, Iomega Corporation, he stated that "We have talked to Detroit and there is interest in providing automotive consumers with the next great portable music collection format." That completes the loop... everything you listen to (or purchase) comes from an online source.

Any way you look at it, though, you now have a means to express your opinion on this bill. Find out more right away by visiting the Million E-mail March site, or read the bill at the link listed below Though it may not be as "physical" as the early years of protest in this country were, you can still get ACTIVE about your interactivity!

Linkography

Iomega Corporation - www.iomegadirect.com
Million E-mail March - www.mp3.com/million
Music Owners' Listening Rights Act Of 2000 - www.mp3.com/listeningrights

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