Dead business models soon to see legislative protection
MP3 and DivX encoding enable hereto unseen personal distribution to chip away at the music and movie industries' physical methods of distribution because both failed to foresee and adapt to changing consumer demand. Rather than investigate the new digital age of media distribution which formed without and in spite of them they sought government protection.
Newspapers seek legal copyright protection against "deep linking."
The broadcast flag is designed, in part, to prevent commercial skipping. Those damned Disney DVDs which do not allow you to skip previews and commercials. Advertisements in movie theaters while ticket prices continue to rise.
Telemarketers protest the federal "Do Not Call" list which, in essence, provides marketers with the phone numbers of people to whom a call would be a waste of time.
Protests against junk fax laws. Protests against CAN-SPAM.
Now I suspect marketers will lobby legislation to "protect" their latest invasive, intrusive, and annoying marketing practices rather than move on to the Next Thing(tm) as the current thing is being soundly rejected by its victims. Excuse me, "targeted recipients."
I use ABP in Firefox. It's a treat. I choose to white-list some sites, and I even white-list sites which ask me politely to do so. (Even my friggen bank puts adverts in its on-line banking site.) Dell, AT&T, news sites, and the like could easily remind visitors, as Hulu does, that their experience may be greatly increased by allowing advertisements on their pages. Perhaps going so far as to offer different levels of advertising: a few static and motionless, a few animated, or a shit tonne of annoying full-motion and non-muted audio to wake up your partner while browsing in the middle of the night. Oh, and not forgetting to PROMINENTLY mention (not in a privacy statement elsewhere on the site which references yet other pages in a convoluted web of various pages of statements) that other sites will know you've visited here and may offer partner-based promotions on those sites as well.
IMNSHO, what "they" plan to do with DNT is akin to kicking in a locked door rather than knocking and politely asking for permission to come in.
Paris, just when you think she's leaving you alone she goes and kisses a girl.