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  •  Just a start.... (2+ / 0-)
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    KingOneEye, jamess

    This legislation would be a good start on untangling the mediag conglomerates, but we need to remember that it is just a start.  

    Comprehensive media ownership reform must also tackle the concentration of ownership in the cable industry, and not just broadcast media.  It would also need to undo the "vertical integration" that has occurred in the past 15 years by restoring what used to be referred to as "fin-syn", which were the regulations that prohibited the broadcast networks from being commonly owned with production studios and syndication companies.  

    Finally, as has been noted by others, regulation is needed on issues other than ownership.  Aside from the Fairness Doctrine, one place I'd take a long hard look is so-called "intellectual property" law, which has become way too tilted in favor of big media companies.  

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Sun Apr 22, 2007 at 08:14:19 PM PDT

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    •  I'll get right on it (0+ / 0-)

      break up cable monopoly power, Check!

      break up the broadcast-syndication-studio system, Check!

      roll back the perpetual lock-ins on Intellect Property Rights, Check!

      One Request please can you give me a few extra weeks?
      I'll get back with ya, soon as we knock these out!

      (LOL, just kidding!)

      very good points you raise, all of them.


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