t byfield on Thu, 11 May 2000 18:57:48 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Napster Hurts Free Software

bruce perens wrote:

> http://www.technocrat.net/technocrat_net/Forum/957424958/index_html

> So, why is this totalitarian control of information coming? Because
> widespread bootlegging of music with Napster today provides enough
> justification to convince lawmakers that it's necessary. Otherwise, we
> might have a small hope of protecting our freedoms, but right now it looks
> like we're sunk. 


rubbish because the poor, poor music industry has done this little song
and dance too many times before, yet it somehow keeps making more and more

rubbish because we've seen a parade of 'trusted' systems be- fore, with
names like 'clipper.' it's a technique in search of a home. 

blaming the spate of psychotic legislation on napster users is rubbish.
were they similarly responsible for the curious change to the 1976
Copyright Act defining musicians' labors as 'work for hire,' therefore
retroactively exempting their work from laws under which rights would
revert to the creat- ors after 35 years? 

> With freedom comes responsibility. It's time for us to start being good
> examples. 



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