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March 23, 2005
Consumer groups weigh in
Borland calls it a "full-scale assault" - I call it "stating the obvious." A coalition of consumer groups have issued an extensive position paper (80 page PDF) pointing out that
- P2P benefits consumers (no kidding),
- that it can be used for political speech (and porn!) ,
- and the reason we're in the current mess is the Cartel's extensive anticompetitive behavior in the last decade.
Well, yes. I'd say "we told you so" but that would be both redundant and probably ignored, as the esteemed Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation of America, apparently feels that there's something wrong with us "geeks" debating this. Excuuuuuse me!
At heart I'm glad the consumer groups have finally decided to get into the Copyright wars. I doubt this will have any massive impact, though.
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