Tuesday, July 06, 2004


First They Came for the Napster

Could the Law of Unintended Consequences Kill the iPod?

The music companies have been working hard to fight the illegal distribution of copyrighted music through on-line peer-to-peer networks for some time now. They've sued teenagers and grandparents and college kids, folks who probably don't have the resources to hire an attorney to defend themselves. Now the music industry is taking their battle back to Capitol Hill to get even tougher penalties on for copyright infringement. (Apparently the $150,000/song from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act aren't enough), they're trying to extend liability to networks and manufactures for customers who use pirated songs on their products. Great way to kill innovation guys.


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