||Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution|
Perhaps you're right, Tim. Justice Blackmun called it "trespassing". I used trespassing in my example. Let's call it property trespassing. The real issue, as you point out, is "fair use". The fact is, sharing files on Napster is NOT fair use (at least, according to the US court system). I still take issue with the hordes of people who say that, because it's easy to make a copy of something, it should be legitimate to do so. That's a level of moral corruption that I simply don't understand. When you do that, you are trespassing on the rights of the holder. I agree; it's stupid for the record companies etc. to fight this in this manner. They do not understand the conversation that is the Internet, and how that could benefit them. They do, however, have one indisputable fact in their favor (as much as I hate to admit it). Sales of music have declined, and use of it has gone up. Is this all "fair use"? Somehow, I doubt it.
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2002-12-13 13:48:46 anonymous2 [View]