[LINK] What's Wrong with Copy Protection
Tue, 23 Jan 2001 18:18:50 +1100
At 5:14 PM +1100 23/1/2001, Bruce Arnold wrote:
>The obvious, equally polemical response, is 'why should
>self-interested consumers be permitted to shift the balance of
>fundamental liberties, risking free expression, free markets,
>scientific progress, consumer rights, societal stability, and the
>end of physical and informational want? Because somebody might want
>them to pay for a song?
We should think of the right question not polemics.
How can we arrange things so that the new technology ensures that the
highest proportion of payment from those whose who enjoy music, go to
those who produce and write it, rather than being diverted by those
in the middle who are neither?
At the moment those in the middle believe they are in the music
business when actually they are in the business of reproducing and
distributing artifacts from which music can be played. It reminds be
of the railways who in the 50's didn't realise they were in the
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