Going home after a long day…. [8:02 pm]
Sorry about the paucity of posts today; sometimes other things intervene.
However, I think the Times piece is a little too measured and that Coursey’s piece, with its implicit "split personality" is a more accurate look at the situation. The record companies have elected to fight all the way down to the bottom of the tar pit, and it’s going to be a question of when, not if, Congress is going to face up to the fact that the notion of legal and illegal copying currently embedded in our laws is simply out of date; that reliance upon the norms of a community of publishers no longer serves when the barriers to entry for publishing have disappeared; that digital technology has changed copying from the tedious and expensive luxury of the Middle Ages into the sine qua non of essentially all forms of communication.
It’s not about educating the public. The technologies have already subverted the established paradigms, and the public is busily exploiting the opportunities these technologies afford. It’s the industry and our lawmakers who need educating — and soon, before they act in concert to crush the opportunities of the future to serve the interests of the past.