Thursday, October 25, 2001

SSSCA continued I think Hollywood honestly beleives that people like its movies. I also think they honestly beleive that secure electronic distribution technology will drive demand for faster internet connections, despite all evidence to the contrary. Obviously they've never actually tried downloading a movie over the Internet, no matter what speed you use, a trip to the local blockbusters is still pretty competitive.

PC manufacturers have woken up to the threat, but their argument (let the market decide) is a little lame. Any copy protection infrastructure should enshrine fair-use just as strongly as it enshrines control, and it should allow sharing. In such an environment, people will ignore strongly protected work because the experience of accessing it is so much worse than accessing work. The SSSCAis nothing more than a big public subsidy to the content industry so they don't have to bear the cost of enforcing existing copyright laws themselves.

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