January 28, 2005

CNet’s Cooper on MGM v. Grokster [10:18 am]

Charles Cooper on the war on file sharing: Why punish the technology?

Why punish the technology because some people use it for unlawful means? Speaking as a consumer (and occasional file downloader–legally, of course!), it should be as easy to use content legally as it is illegally. [...]

[...] Ever since Napster got closed down, the content industry’s strategy for dealing with the peer-to-peer challenge can be summed up in three words: Sue the bastards. Everyone of sane mind can agree there’s a need to address digital piracy. But how about trying something more nuanced than a sledgehammer approach?

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