That's my fear as well, but to be honest I think it comes down to what Joe Sixpack can understand: DMCA: confusing, ephemeral, whole lotta vague possibilities... but take away their right to TiVO, and BAM, any politician that supports this is directly impinging on their right to watch their own TV. *THAT* they can understand.
It's a simple enough issue that it can make even the densest couch-citizen perk up and get annoyed.
My other brain is hung like a horse too.
#IRC isn't old school.
Old school is being able to say 'finger me' with a straight face.