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July 8, 2004
Cars + WiFi + Digital Music = Induce Bait
Larry Lessig yesterday called the IICA/Induce Act a "lawyer employment act," arguing that it will "force technologists into court before they get to enter the marketplace and "shift responsibility for striking the balance in copyright law from Congress to unelected federal judges."
Ford has a new product that would give Induce Act-wielding lawyers plenty to do: the 2004 Lincoln Aviator SUV -- a car with built-in WiFi technology. This article from the Detroit Free Press reads as pure inducement:
One of the great frustrations with the vast amount of digital music many of us now have stored on our computers is not being able to take it with us easily when we're on the road.
What we do today is burn CDs -- endless numbers of them. It's time consuming, and we never seem to have that one new song we really want.
But now I've seen the solution: a WiFi vehicle.
So the automobile industry is finally out on the dance floor for the MP3 revolution, after many years of watching demurely from the side lines. The WiFi vehicle has made it to the marketplace, but just barely. Question for Senator Hatch: Do we really want a federal judge deciding whether or not it gets to stay or go home?
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