Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The stupidity of one-size-fits-all

I am sympathetic to the record industries plight -- people are massively infringing on copyright online and it is reasonable to assume that this infringement will hurt their business.

That said, I think current copyright laws are crazy, the harm to music sales from P2P seems empirically to be rather small, and it is impossible to outlaw P2P without also outlawing the Internet.

Live365 seems to have cut a deal where they can stream tracks so long as they don't play more than 2 consecutive tracks from the same CD. Sadly, some classical music does not fall into tihs category. Longtime reader CD sent in this link detailing how a stupid law is having a bad effect.


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