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Thanks to Adam, who called attention to the Slashdot item where it was announced that the Broadcast Flag was thankfully not sneakily attempted to pass on an appropriations bill.

From THOMAS (scroll down to the bottom): “6/21/2005: Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. Approved for full committee consideration without amendment favorably.” Translation: No one attempted to sneak the Broadcast flag into law.” Update: 06/22 18:55 GMT by J : The EFF’s new Activism Coordinator, Danny O’Brien, sees this as a victory for swift citizen action. Impressive numbers. Nice work by EFF and Public Knowledge, and everyone who raised their voice.

EFF’s Deep Link page listed above has this to say:

Within the space of a few hours, the committee was Slashdotted, BoingBoinged and Instalanched.

By 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the 27 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee received more than 11,000 emails and faxes. That’s nearly 500 faxes an hour. Dianne Feinstein alone received more than 2,600 messages in her inbox. Kay Hutchison, the senior senator for Texas, received 1,441 letters.

And these are just the numbers EFF has. We don’t track telephone calls. But we do know that many of you listened when we joined Public Knowledge in urging you to call your senators directly. If you tried to call and the line was engaged, it was likely occupied by someone else griping about the same amendment. Staffers say they were “swamped.”

Today, the phone calls, email messages, and faxes continue to flood in. This is a mass protest even without voices from many of the more populous states, which don’t have senators on the committee.

Suffice it to say that you don’t get that kind of reaction except for very controversial bills. You did it. You got the attention of every senator on the Appropriations Committee.

However, they also said, it isn’t over yet:

And so far, it’s working. No one proposed a Broadcast Flag amendment in the sub-committee on Tuesday. The next opportunity will be Thursday at 2 p.m. By then, everyone on the committee will have been briefed by their besieged staffers. And in the briefings will be words to the effect that this is an issue with “a great deal of voter concern.”

For these senators, the Broadcast Flag now comes with its own red flag.

It’s not over yet. The entertainment industry won’t give up easily, and there are plenty of sneaky tricks left to pull.

But by acting now, you’ve given your legislator a reason to decline Hollywood’s advances. You may even have given a few the back-up necessary to keep declining.

We challenge you to keep the momentum going. Tell your friends about the Broadcast Flag and forward this link. You can make a difference — you already have.

And that response was just from those in only 28 of the states! Wow!

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