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August 30, 2004

New York Times Editorial Board == Copyfighters

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Posted by Ernest Miller

We've discussed the definition of "copyfighter" before (IAAC - I Am A Copyfighter and Defining "Copyfighter"). Regardless of the details of the definition, I think we certainly have to add the New York Times Editorial Board to the copyfighter category. For example, here are a few recent editorials from the Times:

Grokster and the Information Exchange:

These are thorny issues indeed. Freedom of information is at the root of American democracy, and yet every day we see that freedom being compromised, controlled and limited. The Grokster decision is a ruling in favor of keeping our bets open about which technologies will turn out to serve our freedoms best.
A Digital Divide:
It would be better for consumers if Apple began licensing its digital rights management software, only because the iTunes Music Store will not be able to lock up access to all the copyrighted music in the world. But RealNetworks' contention that Apple is stifling freedom of choice is self-serving. You can play music from any CD on an iPod, once it has been digitally copied, and the device works on PC's and Macs.
In-House Advice:
That is not how Congress usually thinks about it. A good example is the so-called Induce Act, now under consideration, which would make it a crime to aid or induce copyright violations like illegal file-sharing.

But the bill is so loosely worded that it could threaten a host of legal information-sharing practices and technologies. That includes everything from the iPod to automatic online translation. Critics claim, with reason, that this overreaching bill would have deeply chilling effects on technological innovation.

Congress seems instinctively to side with those who instinctively want to put a chokehold on new technologies. It's always easier, after all, to try to protect what appears to be "an absolute, inviolable set of rights" than it is to find equitable new ground to stand on in the rapidly shifting debate over digital copyright.

Kudos to the NY Times Editorial Board for recognizing the importance of these issues and making their position clear.

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1. Firas on August 30, 2004 3:37 AM writes...

They also had positive pieces on the Lessig/Vaidhyanathan books and on creative commons type publishing of scientific work.. (I wish I could be bothered to dig up the links, but my point is that much of the paper's relevant writings seems sold on the copyfight idea.)

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2. Firas on August 30, 2004 3:54 AM writes...

Lessig review here (The joint Lessig/Vaidhyanathan review was on Salon).

A Quiet Revolt Puts Costly Journals on Web.

The Tyranny of Copyright? from January.

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3. Ernest Miller on August 30, 2004 10:38 AM writes...

Thanks. I, too, was too lazy to go back any further in the archives.

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4. shqipe malushi on September 17, 2004 2:24 AM writes...


By: Shqipe Malushi

My sisters, as I walked today to work I stumbled over the body of a young man, crawled on the ground, hopeless and helpless without any sign of life.

Most of us morning people who are rushing to work often avoid this sad and painful sight of our hungry brothers and sisters who lie there on the street corners waiting for nothing, asking for nothing, staring at us in silence and reminding us about the truth in our consciousness.

Who is this young man whose body is decaying on the ground, stretched without strength making an effort to stand on his feet? Is he someone’s child, brother or father? Doesn’t anyone remember him? Is he a living dead or just an illusion and reflection of our society?

Who is this young man whom we don’t want to see?

Wake up, I say to myself and look around, your neighbors are growing to be people with no roof over their head, with no food and caring from anyone. Wake up, and ask why are we to witness the loss of our children on the streets, and have to avoid the sight so it won’t disturb our day.

This question comes from our depth and it should alarm us because it is our responsibility to see what is pushing our brothers and sisters on the streets without giving them a chance to feel they can be protected.

Are we protected? Tomorrow it could be our children and us…

Wake up, I say and ask questions, who is in charge of our body and our life? Who will protect us when we no longer will be able to protect ourselves? Who is telling us how to think and how to feel? Who is telling our truth? Don’t we have demands?

Wake up I say, my sisters, and let us wash away our eyes, and not let the pollution clutter our vision. Our homeless, hungry, poor, sick and elderly brothers and sisters were once just like you and I, happy in their family circles. Today they are our shadow from which we run and hide our face.

Wake up my sisters and feel the pain and the suffering of those who are trying to teach us about justice…wake up and raise your voice. This is our country and we are responsible for what is happening on the streets. Our silence is giving power to those who push the gentle people over the margins of living into despair so they can rule over our territories.

Wake up my sisters, wake up and VOTE…Say NO to hunger and poverty and darkness…Say no to injustice, death and killing. Say NO to cuts for the elderly and women and children. Say NO to bullets and wars. Say NO to anything that threatens our dreams and dreams of our children. Say NO to anything that steals our feeling of hope…

Wake up, and say NO to nightmares so we don’t have to turn our head in the morning at the sight of a decaying body in the corner of our streets.

Wake up, and help this country heal…Bring back love and nurturing, bring back the hope and the dream that this land once had offered to the whole planet.

It is we mothers, sisters and daughters who have to take charge of this moment and get out and VOTE.

Wake up, and make a change, because we count and our voice counts…we are the mothers, the sisters and the daughters of this land…we are the LIBERTY.

Let us rise with our hands to the sky and inspire everyone not to sit still, but tell them to go out there and VOTE.

VOTE for our RIGHTS.

VOTE for those who cannot get up from the ground because their knees are weak.

VOTE for those whose hearts almost doesn’t beat from the tiredness, and their eyes are lost…

VOTE for those who have died without knowing what they’ve died for.

VOTE for those who need our protection because we are the only one who are going to stand strong, and bear WITNESS to justice and truth with compassion.

WAKE UP and let us SAY NO for our SAKE and the sake of our CHILDREN.

Don’t let the time pass take charge for your life.


Shqipe Malushi

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