EMA ALERT

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EMA ALERT
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 1995 15:42:24 GMT
Sender: owner-newjour@ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Subject: EMA Alert

READERS: Note both the newsletter *and* the message. It's an important
one and many of us are very concerned about the constitutionality of the
proposed bill and its human rights implications.

The Moderators
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Forwarded message:
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 1995 08:05:24 +0100
From: au007@rs1.rrz.uni-koeln.de (Michael Uwe Moebius)
Subject: EMA ALERT

> > +---------------------------------------------------------+
> > -> EMA ALERT <-
> > News For and About the Members of the
> > ELECTRONIC MESSAGING ASSOCIATION
> > ============================================================
> > February 3, 1995 -- Number 18
> > <---------------------------------------------------------->
> > ***** SPECIAL ALERT *****
> > - Congress to consider making all system operators liable
> > for messaging content. Bill would force employers to
> > monitor message content. ACTION NEEDED NOW!
> > <---------------------------------------------------------->
> >
> > UNREASONABLE NETWORK POLICING PROPOSED
> > Yesterday, Senator Jim Exon (D-NE) introduced S.314, the
> > Communications Decency Act of 1995, in the United States
> > Senate. In an effort to stamp out digital pornography, it
> > makes all telecommunications providers doing business in the
> > United States (from the telephone companies all the way down
> > to offices that use LANs) liable for the content of anything
> > sent over their networks. To avoid the possibility of tens
R> > of thousands of dollars in fines and up to two years in
> > jail, business owners would be forced to police their
> > networks and monitor in advance all messages sent over them.
> >
> > WITHOUT ACTION - COULD BE LAW IN MONTHS
> > This bill is substantially the same as the one he put
> > forward last year. He will offer it as an amendment to the
> > pending telecommunications deregulation legislation in the
> > U.S. Senate, which is expected to be enacted by July. Last
> > year, his amendment was adopted even though many thought it
> > hastily drafted and poorly thought out. Fortunately, the
> > telecommunications deregulation legislation died. This
> > year, a more conservative U.S. Congress may be even more
> > reluctant to challenge a "morality" amendment; and its
> > legislative vehicle, the telecommunications deregulation
> > legislation, stands a much better chance of passage this
> > year.
> >
> > ACTION NEEDED NOW
> > Action by the business community is needed now. Please
> > notify your corporate government affairs office and/or your
> > legal counsel. This measure could be adopted as an
> > amendment to the telecommunications bill IN A MATTER OF
> > WEEKS (or potentially added to any legislation pending on
> > the U.S. Senate floor), if business does not mobilize
> > against it. S.314 will not stop digital pornography, but it
> > could devastate the messaging business. If you are
> > interested in further information or are able to participate
> > in lobbying efforts over the next few weeks, contact Sarah
> > Reardon at EMA (see below).
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > EMA ALERT is published and copyrighted (1995) by the
> > Electronic Messaging Association. Permission to reproduce
> > and/or redistribute with attribution is hereby given to all
> > EMA members. For more information about anything in EMA
> > ALERT, contact EMA via e-mail - use either X.400 (S=info;
> > O=ema; A=mci; C=us) or Internet (info@ema.org) address,
> > facsimile (1-703-524-5558), or telephone (1-703-524-5550).
> > Any EMA staff member can be addressed directly via e-mail by
> > using, for X.400, G=<firstname>; S=<lastname>; O=ema; A=mci;
> > C=us, and, for Internet, <firstinitial><lastname>@ema.org.
> > EMA's postal address is 1655 N. Fort Myer Dr. #850,
> > Arlington, VA 22209 USA.
>
> > May the bear never have cause to eat you...
> >
> > Merlinus Emrys merlin@clam.rutgers.edu
> >

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Sunday, July 30, 1995
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