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June 8, 2005
Linkable + Thinkable: The Ernie Miller Special Edition
Three choice posts from the unstoppable Mr. Miller, who's on yet another roll:
- CDT's Balanced Framework for Copyright Completely Unbalanced: "[The] CDT report favors the stick a bit much, treats citizen/creators as mere consumers, doesn't consider structural reform of copyright law, and doesn't provide much in the way of a carrot, among other flaws." (Also see CoCo Blog's CDT: Stick & Carrot for the Digital Consumer, Derek Slater's Ernest on CDT's "Balanced Path" for Copyright and Ed Felten's CDT Closes Eyes, Wishes for Good DRM.)
- In Search Of: A Positive Agenda for the Copyfight: "Most copyfighters, myself included, are intent on finding the right level of copyright, not freeing us from it entirely. That seems to me a very progressive goal itself. The main problem, I think, is that most people really don't care about copyright; they don't realize how important to a democratic culture it is. We don't lack for potential progressive prescriptions. We lack agreement on them and we lack the marketing."
- A Reply to Dennis Kennedy, Michael Madison and Marty Schwimmer on iPods, Distribution and Copyright: "Why in the world should we think that copyright is about copying? No one is harmed by mere copies. It is only when those copies are distributed that there is an issue. One million bootlegs at the bottom of the ocean cause no harm; it is only when they are distributed that the copyright holder has any cognizable right to complain."
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