Rick Boucher

Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va.) is one of the few friends us geeks have up on Capitol Hill, and he's just written a column for CNET essentially offering to give the MPAA and the television networks the Broadcast Flag in exchange for easing up a bit and giving consumers back some of the fair use rights that were stripped away when the DMCA was passed several years ago. It's sort of a sucky deal when you think about it — we'll accept this lame thing if you'll give us back something you shouldn't have stolen in the first place — but given how crazy backwards the rest of Congress is about this stuff, at this point we just might have to take what we can get.


Congressman Rick Boucher wants to trade the Broadcast Flag for fair use rights