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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 regulations.

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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