--- On Sun, 8/29/10, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] (copyright vs public domain vs value
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 10:02 AM

Much of the discussion here is about what we may wish the situation to be rather than what it is.

Given the financial position of the forces supporting the status quo, if you would like things changed, ARSC has a Copyright Committee that is working for revision of the present laws, chaired by Tim Brooks.  Donations to its efforts can be made through ARSC and can be designated for the use of this committee.  For a year, we had a lobbyist in DC who was pretty effective. We couldn't come up with sufficient funds to keep him on.

Tim sends out reports regularly.  The committee meets at the annual conference.  There is no shortage of ideas, only money.

You can earn your right to grumble by donating (tax deductible) to this committee.

Are you suggesting that contributions by members of ARSC can match the political and economic clout of RIAA, NARAS, etc.?