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March 1, 2005
Berkman Profs: Betamax Ain't Broke. If There's a Problem, Let Congress Help.
JZ, JP, and Terry Fisher (a.k.a., Jonathan Zittrain, John Palfrey, and William W. Fisher III) have now filed their brief in the Grokster case [PDF], sensibly arguing:
- the Sony Betamax rule works well; it should neither be changed nor ruled inapplicable to today's technologies;
- New business models may eliminate the need to adjust copyright law to protect the revenues of copyright holders;
- Other modifications to copyright law would help copyright owners more, and hurt society less, than revising Betamax, and those modifications are best left to Congress.
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