Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
Copyright or Copy Wrong?
by Brad King
2:00 a.m. Feb. 16, 2001 PST
The copyright is wrong, Orrin.
Looks like there's going to be a showdown at high noon on the Senate floor between warring authors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
On the one side are those who believe the DMCA has allowed piracy to become rampant, and technology companies to run roughshod over property rights. On the other side are those who believe the content companies, especially in the week of the Napster ruling, have too much control.
Those arguments led Bruce Lehman, one of the original writers of the bill, to put together a consortium of trade and artist groups to fight those very technology companies.
"The balance (of copyright law) is tilting toward this anarchist, everything-for-free view," said Robert Hudson Westover, media relations consultant for the International Intellectual Property Institute where Lehman works. "You've got to remember that technology is on the side of those who want to pirate. They are working on shutting down Napster, but there are hundreds of other applications out there."
Executives from the streaming and downloading companies have complained that without access to content from the music and movie industry, their businesses would certainly fail.