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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Weekly column: Why both sides are wrong in copyright debate

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Date sent:      	Mon, 24 Feb 2003 10:23:27 -0500
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From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:        	FC: Weekly column: Why both sides are wrong in copyright debate
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    Perspective: Get ready to be fleeced
    By Declan McCullagh
    February 24, 2003, 4:00 AM PT

    WASHINGTON--Don't look now, but a team of lobbyists and
    politicians is gearing up to enact new digital copyright laws that
    will cost you more money and result in more government

    Unhappy with the current reach of the law, the lobbyists and
    politicians believe that more restrictions levied on U.S.
    companies are necessary. Their target: The consumer electronics
    industry, which is already suffering through America's economic
    malaise and, conceivably, companies that sell music and
    video-playing software as well.

    Who is behind this maneuvering? Don't blame Jack Valenti, or the
    folks over at the Recording Industry Association of America
    (they're too busy protecting their Web site from further
    defacements). You'll find the culprits among the "fair use" crowd,
    whose champions include none other than Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.,
    and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and whose allies include the
    Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and


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