Let’s have Moore testify on the INDUCE Act!

Here’s something interesting from Scotland’s Sunday Herald. The speaker is Michael Moore. The subject is downloaded copies of his controversial film, Fahrenheit 911:

I don’t agree with the copyright laws and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that.

I do well enough already and I made this film because I want the world, to change. The more people who see it the better, so I’m happy this is happening.

Is it wrong for someone who’s bought a film on DVD to let a friend watch it for free? Of course it’s not. It never has been and never will be. I think information, art and ideas should be shared.

The paper notes, “Defenders of Moore’s position include Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino, who earlier this year encouraged audiences in countries where his films are not legally available to obtain counterfeit copies.”

This is especially intriguing in light of the controversial INDUCE ACT in the U.S. Senate. USAToday reports that the act is so far-reaching that it may make Apple, for example, liable for those who play pirated music via its popular iPods.

The recording and movie industries support the bill to help curb piracy.

But the tech industry is worried. Internet search giants Google and Yahoo, chipmaker Intel, Internet service provider Verizon, auctioneer eBay, Web site operator Cnet Networks and phone company MCI are among 42 companies and groups who signed a letter that will be delivered Tuesday to bill author Sen. Orrin Hatch, R‑Utah, requesting hearings on the issue.

Wouldn’t it be fun if folks like Moore and Tarantino showed up to testify?

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