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Frank Hamilton Serious BS: HFA/NMPA Round 2 (135* d) RE: Serious BS: HFA/NMPA Round 2 08 Nov 99

I can see that there is a different agenda at work here. I support the idea that a legal precedent needs to be set and getting good legal representation is the best approach. Apparently, the reps for HFA have appeared inflexible which leads me to believe that these are not the decision makers but the lower echelon enforcers paid to "do their job".

One of the ways to solve this dilemma is to involve the public. Newspaper articles and reports on NPR would illuminate the difficulties. This seems like a newsworthy issue because it entails the issue of "free speech" and who controls it. Rather than taking a vindictive stance, information should be shared on a factual basis in press releases, public forums and broadcasts.

The issue of "free use" came out some time ago when ASCAP decided to charge the Boy Scout camps for singing songs in front of the campfire. The publicity created by this enabled ASCAP to save face by clarifying their position so that they amended their ruling. Sing Out! would be a starting point for a good article but also getting a columnist to work on this for newspapers would be helpful. A suggested title would be "Who controls the Internet?"

Frank Hamilton

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