Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Big Content: Using "moral panics" to change copyright law

"Copyright owners' problems are market problems, and they can only be solved by responding to market demands: strong copyright protection cannot make consumers buy things they do not want to buy and, as RIAA's ill-conceived, ill-executed, and ill-fated campaign of suing individuals demonstrates, laws cannot stop individuals from filesharing. Laws can, though, stifle innovation, and in this respect the copyright industries have been successful, and tragically so, for the public and for authors. Innovation leads to greater consumer demand and therefore greater profits for copyright owners."

in reference to:

""The DMCA is the 21st-century equivalent of letting copyright owners put a chastity belt on someone else's wife.""
- Big Content: Using "moral panics" to change copyright law - Ars Technica (view on Google Sidewiki)

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