Monday, October 01, 2001

Digital Copyright Here's a very old article about how the recording industry (copyright maximalists) tried to destroy fair use back in 1997. They're trying it again through the SSSCA. While copyright owners are free to enforce their legal rights, they should i) bear the full cost of that expense and ii) be unable to ban sharing. The SSSCA does exactly that, acting as a huge subsidy to the publishing industry by shifting enforcement costs onto hardware manufacturers. It also destroys interoperability and outlaws plaintext and Open Source Software, which is why Microsoft is a secret big backer of the bill. The recording industry claims that this bill will boost broadband rollout and Internet rollout. This is a lie, person-to-person communication has always overshadowed broadcast content.


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