We *all* need to protect movies, right?!? There’s certainly no better use of my tax dollars that *I* can think of! Piracy – Movies – New York City Council
Alarmed by New York Cityâ€™s status as a global center of film and video piracy, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has embraced a proposal that would criminalize unauthorized recording in movie theaters.
At first glance, the proposal, which is before the City Council, might seem unnecessary. A federal law signed by President Bush in April 2005 made recording a film with a video camera in a movie theater a felony, punishable by up to three years in prison for the first offense. And in Albany the Legislature is weighing bills, supported by Mr. Bloomberg, that would make recording a film inside a theater a crime statewide.
Let’s hope someone explains it to Rep. Barton: Health Hazard: Computers Spilling Your History
Powerful forces are lobbying hard for government and private programs that could push the nationâ€™s costly and inefficient health care system into the computer age. President Bush strongly favors more use of health information technology. Health insurance and medical device companies are eager supporters, not to mention technology companies like I.B.M. and Google. Furthermore, Intel and Wal-Mart Stores have both said they intend to announce plans this week to embrace electronic health records for their employees
[…] Advocates of such legislation, including Representative Joe L. Barton, the Texas Republican who is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that concern about snooping should not freeze progress on adopting technology that could save money and improve care.
â€œPrivacy is an important issue,â€ said Mr. Barton, who will lose the chairmanâ€™s post when the Democrats take over next year, â€œbut more important is that we get a health information system in place.â€ Congress can address privacy later â€œif we need to,â€ he said.