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March 28, 2004
And the Meme Goes On...
Okay, I'll admit it--I read this article because of its title: Copy Fight. But I'm passing it on to you because it's a terrific interview on digital copyright issues with Larry Lessig and Ken Waagner--the man who oversees all things online for the band Wilco. Waagner made a streaming version of Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" available online three years ago. That's three years and a half a million albums ago.
Chicago Tribune: "What about P2P or content sharing in general -- it's not just music on those networks anymore, it's TV shows and movies. Is this discussion moot because it's too late to control any of that?"
Waagner: "I don't know. If people are given an opportunity to abide by the rules...I don't think anyone would feel infringed upon if their cable bill went up $5 a month and they felt that they could legally go online and watch movies and listen to music. I think that would be a solution that would create revenue.
I really think that the longer the media companies fight to try to contain it, and fight with the people that they ultimately need to support them, I think it's a can't-win situation."
Lessig: "I agree. There will always be kids who are able to get access to whatever content they want. If you think the objective is, 'How are we going to stop that?' you're never going to stop that."
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