We have to admit that we didn't really think
they'd be able to pull it off, and we're still not sure this is going to win any hearts and minds, but the intellectual property mavens over at IPac have managed to send their first batch of iPods to members of the US Senate. The first 12 Senators to receive iPods include both Republicans and Democrats, and were apparently chosen based on committee assignments and legislation they've sponsored. Recipients include Republican Gordon Smith of Oregon, who is helping to draft Broadcast Flag
legislation, Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska who "asked good questions" at recent Broadcast Flag hearings, and Republican John Ensign of Nevada, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology, Innovation, and Competitiveness. Each iPod was preloaded with public domain and Creative Commons-licensed content, including text, music, photos and a video of Lawrence Lessig discussing the importance of a progressive approach to intellectual property. We'll have to check back with the Senators in a month and find out if they've actually watched or listened to any of this -- of if they've handed off the iPods to interns and grandkids, who've refilled them with the latest from the Pussycat Dolls and Kelly Clarkson.